Main Collection

The Main Collection of the L.I.Ce. contains the majority of the printed material of the Library and Information Centre, monographs, diploma-theses of postgraduate and doctoral level and reference books (dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias). It covers all the scientific fields in which the members of the TUC community are directly interested in: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Management, Technology, Mechanics, Engineering, Geology, Computer Science, Geography and Architecture. There are also books of general interest as: Art, Philosophy, Literature, Psychology and History.
The material is classified on the shelves according to the Library of Congress Classification System (LC), which uses alphabetical and numerical symbols in order to describe the world of knowledge. This system is based on the division of knowledge in subject categories, indicated by one or two letters of the Latin alphabet.
All Main Collection material is loanable material, except for the reference books (marked with a red label) which can be studied only within the Library. The Main Collection is located on the 1st, 2nd floor and at the basement of D1 Library building.

Print Journals

The TUC Library and Information Center develops a collection of Greek and foreign print journals, including the journal titles of current subscriptions, as well as the book bind volumes of previous years. Users may search for journal titles via the library's electronic catalogue (OPAC), and retrieve relevant information. The journals are considered as 'no loan' material. However it is possible to study them within the reading areas of the library or make photocopies of certain articles (abiding by the Law of Intellectual Rights).The collection of print journals is located at the basement and on the 1st floor of the D1 Library building .


Textbooks are a separate section of 'loan material'. They are kept in many copies as they are suggested for students' study in specific courses. The loan period for Textbooks lasts an academic semester. They are located at the basement of the D1 Library building and classified according to the Library of Congress classification system.

Diploma Theses

Diploma theses, submitted to the Library by undergraduate students, are separately located at the basement of the D1 Library building, according to their sequential number (after the indication 'ΔΙΠ'). The sequential number of each diploma thesis is provided in its electronic record in the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue).
A significant amount of this material (submitted after 2002) is also accessible on-line via the library's OPAC and the Institutional Repository of the Technical University of Crete.

Reference Material

The Reference Collection includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, manuals, statistic tables and legislation guides. They all are “no loan material”. Students may use this kind of material within the library. The collection is located at the basement and on the 1st floor of D1 Library building and each book is indicated on the spine by an “R” in red font.

Audio-Visual Material

The collection of the Audio-Visual material includes:

  • Videotapes - DVD for educational and entertainment purposes
  • CD-ROM's accompanying journals or books
  • Music CDs'
  • Microfilms/Microfiches
  • Floppy disks

The Library provides all the necessary technical equipment to reproduce content in those formats. The user may contact the library staff at the Circulation Desk in order to receive the required material and use it inside the Library only. CD-ROMs and floppy disks accompanying books belong to 'loan material' as a part of them.

Reserve Collection

The Reserve Collection is located behind the Circulation Desk of the D1 Library building. It provides easy and continuous access to material that students frequently use for their courses. The collection includes books (which normally belong to the Main Collection), conference proceedings, instructor notes and legislation related to administrative and educational subjects. It also includes material in digital form (Cd-Roms). In the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is indicated as 'Reserve Collection'.

Course instructors, who wish to include books in the Reserve Collection, should contact the library staff and fill in the appropriate application form, at least two weeks before announcing the suggested bibliography to their students.

The print and digital material of the Reserve Collection is “No-loan material”. Users may make use of it within the library study areas or make photocopies, according to the Intellectual Property Rights Law(s).

For more information on the Reserve Collection ask a member of the library staff at the Circulation Desk.