The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Campus & Facilities

The School’s main campus can be found at the base of the southern slope of Mount Lykavitos in the Kolonaki district, one of the most fashionable areas in the center of Athens. The Evangelismos Metro Station is located approximately five minutes’ walking distance from the School. 

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About 350 students and scholars from North America, as well as numerous scholars from Greece and Europe, use the School’s facilities each year. The Main Building on campus houses the Blegen Library, the Wiener Archaeological Laboratory, computer lab, offices, workrooms, and the Director’s Residence. Across the street, also on School grounds, stands the Gennadius Library. Two staff houses are attached to the Gennadius, while next door is Loring Hall which provides living quarters for students and scholars as well as a dining hall open to all School members, resident and nonresident. The Agora excavation site and the Stoa of Attalos Museum and offices are located at the base of the Acropolis in the heart of Athens. The Corinth Excavations are about an hour’s drive away from the city and can also be reached by train.

The School houses administrative, finance and fundraising activities, as well as its publications office, in Princeton, New Jersey USA.

A brief description of the major facilities in the Greece campus follows. More specific information can be found under each facility’s respective department on the site.

The Carl W. and Elizabeth P. Blegen Library
Containing over 100,000 volumes as well as archives and electronic resources, the Blegen Library covers virtually the entire field of classical antiquity, with a special emphasis on Greek language, literature, art, and archaeology. The Blegen is non-circulating, and open to Members of the School as well as graduate students and scholars from Greek and other research institutes and universities. The number of reader visits is estimated at 18,000 per year.

The Gennadius Library
The Gennadius Library covers the post-classical Greek world, specializing in the Byzantine, Ottoman, and modem periods. It, too, is non-circulating, and open to graduate students and scholars. At its core is a collection of 26,000 books, archives, and works of art originally presented to the School by diplomat and bibliophile John Gennadius. The Library now contains some 120,000 volumes, rare books as well as a research collection and electronic resources. The archives include the papers of the excavator of Troy and Mycenae, Heinrich Schliemann, individuals important for the history of Modem Greek literature, such as Greece’s Nobel Prize winners George Seferis and Odysseus Elytis, and others that were influential in the political history of Greece, the southern Balkans, and the eastern Mediterranean.

Research Centers at the Agora and Ancient Corinth
Located in the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos, the Agora Research Center houses offices for staff and visiting researchers, workrooms, computer and drafting facilities, a conservation laboratory, photographic facilities, and storerooms connected with its excavations in the Agora. The research center at Ancient Corinth is similarly equipped and, in addition, has dormitory facilities for students and visiting scholars.

The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science
Opened in 1993, the Wiener Laboratory, located in the School’s main campus in a new free standing three storied building, is an active research department dedicated to archaeological science in Greece. The lab provides both American and international scholars of archaeological science in the eastern Mediterranean and adjacent areas the tools and resources to answer a variety of scientifically-based questions mainly in the fields of bioarchaeology, geoarchaeology, archaeobotany and zooarchaeology. Applications for research fellowships are welcomed for scholars excavating in Greece, as well as those excavating at School-sponsored projects.

Cotsen Hall
A 370-seat auditorium on land to the east of the Gennadius Library named Cotsen Hall after its chief donor, was opened in 2005. It holds a state-of-the-art auditorium and outdoor garden area and provides a venue for the School’s lectures, conferences, and special events. It is also open for rental by other educational and cultural organizations from Athens and elsewhere. Download Cotsen hall brochure in PDF.

IT Department
There is a computer lab in the School which is available to members at all times and is equipped with both PCs and Macintoshes. A limited number of general applications are available in the computer lab, including word processing, database, spreadsheet, and graphics programs, but members should make sure their computers are equipped with whatever programs they are accustomed to using plus an updated AntiVirus program. Internet access from computers in the computer lab or from members’ own computers is available by subscription fee. Within the library, members can connect to the internet both through wireless and Ethernet connections. However, members who wish to connect to the internet from their tables in the library should make every effort to bring computers equipped with wireless cards since the majority of seats in the library are not yet wired with Ethernet connections.

Loring Hall
The School’s residence facility, Loring Hall, is located across Souidias Street from the Main Building. It is the focal point of social and intellectual life at the School and has 26 rooms, most of which are singles, with common bathroom facilities. Linens and blankets are provided by the School, as are refrigerators and laundry machines. There are limited accommodations for married couples and occasionally for children, the latter of which is after consultation with the Director of the School. Regular Members, Fellows of the School, and members of the Summer Sessions are entitled to rooms in Loring Hall; other students and guests of the School can be housed only as space permits and at the discretion of the Director. The staff will provide what guidance and assistance it can to those who require quarters outside the School, but finding an apartment and negotiating the conditions of its occupancy are the responsibility of the individual.