The Philosophy Department Library is housed in building K25 and operates in close co-operation with the University of Patras central Library and Information Service (LIS). Until 2004, the Library’s operating costs and equipment were funded mainly by the European Union through the EPEAK (Operational Program of Education and Initial Professional Training) program for the development of higher education.
The library currently houses approximately 20,000 Greek and foreign volumes and its collection is being developed and enriched with new acquisitions. The philosophy collection includes reference books, critical editions of classical works of philosophy from ancient times to the present, translations, and secondary literature. A drive is under way to enrich collections in areas that reflect the faculty’s domains of specialization and competence (for example, logic, ethics, aesthetics, social and political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and philosophy of science). The immediate aim of the Philosophy Department Library is to support curricular activities, providing resources for students’ coursework, essay-writing and assignments. Its long-term objective is to become a comprehensive philosophical research library.
Recently, the Library was the recipient of an important private bequest, the Meyer Collection, comprizing 2,500 foreign books from several fields of the Humanities and especially philosophy. The Library is in the process of restoring parts of the collection which were damaged.