The Law School Library has been in operation since the academic year of 1998-1999, after the General Assembly of the department of Law School’s decision, in the third floor of the, at the time, department of Law, Economic Studies and Political Science, after the initiative of the department’s dean, Mr. D. Papasteriou. The basic purpose of the library is to accommodate the research and educational needs of the academic community and the research in the field of legal science for everyone interested.
Up until the year of 1997-1998 the collections of books, journals, festschrifts and donations which could be found in the department of Law were established in each of the six sectors of the department, meaning a) Civil Law, Civil Procedural Law and Labour Law, b) Public Law and Political Science, c) International Studies, d) Corporate and Economical Law, e) Criminal Law and Criminology, f) History, Philosophy and Sociology of Law.
After the decision of the General Assembly, the Law School Library was named “Ioannis Deligiannis” in memory of the distinguished professor of Civil Law, which was the first to arrange the establishment of a central Library for the department of Law and through his will, he bequeathed his valuable personal collection of books in its entirety to the Library.
The Law School Library is one of the biggest libraries in Greece, with over 100.000 copies of books and over 400 journal titles, as well as valuable collections of donations.
A big part of the Law School Library’s collection of books were collected after 1982, when the Law, Economic and Political Science School according to law 1268/1982 was divided in two independent departments, Law School and Economic Science respectively. It was then that the six sectors of the Law School department were created for the improvement of the structure and function of the law studies and the purchase of more books began.
The collection of books and journals of the Law School Library are recorded in the electronic library management system “Koha”. The users of the library can gain access to the collection through the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The organization of the collection is based on the international bibliographic standards, the cataloguing rules as described in AACR2, the classification system and subject headings of the Library of Congress.