Information - General 

 

History

The Public Central Library of Serres was founded in 1952 with a common Ministerial decision of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Finance that was published in issue II of the Newspaper of the Government (No 72/27-3-1952). Its operation is conditioned by the provisions of A.N 1362/1949 and Law 415/1976.

The nucleus of the first book collection was created with donations by various institutions such as the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, the National Library of Greece, the French Consulate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as by individual donators, friends of the Library. Today printed and audiovisual material is bought to supplement the collections. This is the main way of keeping up to date and enriching the collection.

During the last decade the services offered to the reading public by the Library were rapidly upgraded. Today its collections include 31.300 volumes and a large amount of audiovisual material. Its members, from all ages, total 31.300.

At the same time our Library actively takes part in the town’s cultural life by organizing various activities, such as lectures, book presentations, photography exhibitions, a painting contest, educational programs and literary seminars. Moreover it has published eight (8) books of local interest.

The Public Central Library is trying to meet people’s new needs in the 21st century by promoting equal chances for all citizens, regardless of their age, sex, financial and social status.

The program ABECT 5.6 (National Center of Documentation) is used to process electronically and register the collection material.

The books’ catalogue is at the disposal of the public through an easy to use search form which can be found in Internet. The scientific team of the National Center of Documentation provided the Library both with technical support of the system and the necessary software

The collections of the Library contain representative samples of all the spectrum of knowledge. They are daily enriched with new publications so as to meet the needs of the most demanding readers and researchers.

The Public Central Library of Serres consists of the following departments:
  

Central Room
Department of literature
Children's Library
Reading Room
Mobile Library


 

Aims and Targets

The Public Central Library of Serres is the cultural centre of our prefecture since 1952. 

The Public Central Library is trying to meet people’s new needs in the 21st century by promoting equal chances for all citizens, regardless of their age, sex, financial and social status.

For the first time the Library now has the possibility of reconciling knowledge and culture, through books and technology, aiming at the preparation of all citizens for the information society. Its activities are part of the Greek culture, which we all should maintain, strengthen and diffuse. These are our own values.

Today our dream is to create the Library of the future. The new building, which is under construction, is designed with respect to all the specifications of modern technology and aims at creating an international sensation. Five floors will be constructed, which will include reading rooms, stack-rooms, a conference room that will also be used for various events, an independent children’s library, a room for multimedia, a room for art exhibitions, a gallery and storage space; a model Library building for our country. 

The Public Central Library of Serres aims to:
   

Compile a complete and up to date collection of printed and audiovisual material covering the whole range of human knowledge.
Provide free access of its material to all citizens, regardless of their social, financial, religious and racial status.
Create the necessary conditions that will support the latest trends of education such as research and the use of multimedia, so as to form a society of new readers.
Provide information for educational and research purposes.
Provide material to entertain, inform and educate the readers in order to prepare them for lifelong learning.
Provide the means that will facilitate access to knowledge and familiarization with Information Society
Actively participate in cultural events of our region and in vital social issues.
Organise cultural events so as to elevate citizens’ intellectual standard.
Keep track of and apply new technology in order to provide service of better quality to the readers.
Use of multimedia to access various sources of information.

  

Collections

Throughout the twenty years that the Public Central Library has been operating, a remarkable collection of books, magazines and audiovisual material has been created, covering representatively the whole range of human knowledge.

The nucleus of the first book collection was created with donations by various institutions such as the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, the National Library of Greece, the French Consulate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as by individual donators, friends of the Library. Today printed and audiovisual material is bought to supplement the collections and this is the main way of keeping up to date and enriching them.

The computerization of the Library started in 1992. The software program for Libraries (ABECT 4.00) used was allocated free of charge by the National Centre of Documentation. The process of automatization and retrospective cataloguing of the collections has already been completed. In 1998 our Library upgraded its program with the technical support of the National Documentation Centre, and now uses a newer edition, ABECT 5.5

Books are classified by the Decimal Classification System Melvil Dewey (DDC Dewey 20th ed.) and for cataloguing the international system AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed.) is used. Subject indexing is arranged according to the subject headings catalogue of the National Library of Greece and the Sears List of Subject Headings.

The visitors of the Library can use the computers available for information retrieval from the database.

The library has had Internet connection since 1997. Its members can use it, free of charge, for finding information or receiving and sending e-mails.

Today the collection of our Library numbers 48.000 volumes of books and, roughly, 200 magazines. A detailed account of our collection follows:

Books that cover all human knowledge
Informative material (encyclopaedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, maps etc). · 
A collection of printed material with regard to our region, that is, either books written by authors from Serres, or containing information about the town or books which were published in Serres.
Rare books and items left from the old libraries of the monasteries of Timios Prodromos and Icossofoinissa (to be kept in our library).
Books and magazines printed in the 19th century · 
Local newspapers from 1945 up to this day · 
The Newspaper of the Government (FEK) from 1952 up to this day · 
A literary collection consisting of 7.000 Greek and foreign novels.
A very rich collection of books for children and teenagers.
Books for infants.
A collection of videotapes with animated films containing classic tales.
Books that offer children school aid for lessons which are part of the syllabus of secondary education, such as ancient and modern Greek, Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
A complete collection of books for the lesson of Technology · 
For the students of TEI there is a special printed collection useful for their projects.
The collection is supplemented with audiovisual material including videotapes and a great number of Greek and foreign CDs.
CD-ROMS about natural history, art, history, geography, religion, culture etc.

 

 

Classification Scheme

By the term ‘classification’ we refer to the division, the filing of various types of things according to their characteristics in order to group together those that are similar and separate them from those which are different.

In order for the material of a Library to be useful for the readers, it needs to be classified in such a way as to be found easily. The importance of creating a system of classification, for the above reasons, was understood by the librarians from the very beginning. Therefore they experimented with various forms.

The Public Central Library in Serres uses the Decimal System of Classification (DDC), which was created by Melvil Dewey in 1873 for the library of Amherst College in the USA.

Dewey’s decimal system of classification is orderly regarding its structure and encyclopaedic as far as its content is concerned. It is orderly because it groups pieces of information methodically into large categories and moves from the general to the specific aspects through constant analysis. It is encyclopaedic because it comprises the entirety of human knowledge, ideas and history. However, what makes this system revolutionary is the use of Arabic numbers with decimal subdivisions to define the subject of the books.

DDC has been modified repeatedly, incorporating various changes, additions and improvements. It has been translated in almost all languages of the world. The constant revision of its tables – in accordance with the scientific and technological developments – as well as the fact that it is easy to use and user friendly explains why it is so popular among the libraries all over the world.

The decimal system of classification by Melvil Dewey divides knowledge in ten basic categories. It uses point 0 for works of general nature, such as encyclopaedias , and the numbers from 1 to 9 for all the other kinds of knowledge.

The system’s 10 general categories are written in the form of hundreds and they are the following: 
 

000
General subjects – PCs/IT – Library science
100
Philosophy - Psychology - Logic - Ethics
200
Religion (Mythology)
300
Social sciences (Economy - Law – Education – Folklore Science)
400
Linguistics- Dictionaries
500
Natural sciences (Mathematics - Physics - Chemistry - Geology)
600
Applied sciences (Medicine - Mechanics - Agriculture - Technology)
700
Art (Architecture - Sculpture - Painting - Music - Sports)
800
Literature
900
Geography - History - Biographies

Each one of the former categories is subdivided in ten more categories etc. Point 0 always stands for the general aspect of the subject. For example the Sciences are subdivided in the following way:

500 The general number for sciences.
510 Mathematics 
520 Astronomy 
530 Physics 
540 Chemistry 
550 Geology 
560 Paleontology 
570 Anthropology and Biology 
580 Botany 
590 Zoology 

In order to go into deeper analysis we can create an infinite number of subcategories by adding more decimal digits, eg:

500 Natural sciences 
510 Mathematics 
510.1 Philosophy and theory of mathematics 

Moreover the decimal classification system gives us the possibility of using letters instead of decimal digits for certain categories, such as all kinds of literature, in the following way:

M Greek novel. 
D Greek short story. 
X Foreign novel. 
L Foreign Literature.

The Public Central Library’s collection has been computerized since 1992 and it uses the system ABEKT 4.0. Furthermore its software has been upgraded. The Library is now using ABEKT 5.6, which was given to us by the National Documentation Centre.

To find any necessary information in the database, the staff or the users themselves may use the PCs available in the premises of the library.

The Library has been providing Internet facilities since 1997. The Library members have free access to Internet to search for information and to send or receive e-mails.