The Library & Information Center was established in 1964, along with the University of Patras.
The first two years (1964-1966) the Administration of the University and the Library were housed in Athens and then in the first building of the University, in Korinthou Street at the city of Patras. Then the foundations for the subsequent library function were laid, under the guidance of the U.S. librarian Mrs. Ann Martin-Papazoglou and the efforts of Mrs. Katerina Lambropoulou-Paloumpis, who was the first employee.
In 1967 the Library was housed in a prefabricated building on the campus at Rio. LIC occupied 300 m2, it had a reading room of 40 seats and a capacity of 12,000 volumes. In 1971, upon the recommendation of Professor M. Pelekanos, who was a member of Library Board, a thorough study for the better function and viability of the Library was conducted by the expert of the OECD, Mr. Andrew G. MacKenzie. At the time, the Library held 2,000 monographs and 300 journal titles. LIC had a staff of 5 persons, while the teaching staff of the University were 60 and the students numbered 1,300.
After the completion of the two main buildings of the University, Library moved to Building A, where it remained until the summer of 1987. Although at the time the University was quite small-sized in educational and research activities, still the staff and the funding of the Library were not enough to cover the research and teaching needs of the Faculties, nor the needs of the students, resulting in a continuous decline.
The first development efforts took place in July 1987. The Library moved to the ground floor of the north wing of the Electrical Engineering Department’s building, occupying approximately 700 m2. Since then a “new” library is being created, which would offer more features and services to the users with the help of new technologies, leaving behind the conventional function, and overcoming the inadequate collections with innovative alternatives.
In 1988, with a project of 6,000,000 drachmas, which was developed by the member of LIC’s Committee, the Assistant Professor N. Pallikarakis, and approved by the Ministry of Education, the basic equipment for the computerization of the library services was acquired. At the same time, the Library became the first one in Greece to subscribe to databases with the format of optical discs, such as Medline, Life Sciences Collection etc.
In 1989 a new service was launched, the ILL service, which aims to meet user needs in providing articles and books that do not exist in the Library’s collection. In the early ’90s the first installation of a LAN became a reality and LIC participated in a European project for the first time. Then the basis for cooperation with foreign libraries was posed, which helped LIC to stay close to the technological developments. Since then the mentality of the Library has been dynamically changed. In 1993 LIC started the online access to external providers through the unique communication system in Patras at the time, Hellaspac. In cooperation and funding from the National Documentation Centre under the program STRIDE, a Focal Point Library Documentation was created. The same year, for the first time, the supply of journals was assigned to a large foreign agent, after an international tender, with obvious benefits to the academic community.
In 1996, the Library submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Education for funding the project POLYMNIA from EPEAEK I. The proposal was approved and the Library absorbed the total amount of 1,650,000,000 GRD until the end of 1999. The year 1996 was an important year for another reason, too. Then the foundations of the new building were laid, which was inaugurated in August 2003.
The development of the Library continued thanks to the funds of EPEAK II, which funded the project Telephassa with 2,142,000 Euros until 2009, aiming to develop and offer new advanced electronic services to the users.
In August 2003, the Library moved to its new building, which occupies 8,000 m2.
You can find all the annual reports of LIC in the respective collection in the Institutional Repository, Nemertes (in Greek).