Palamidis Library, Nafplio

  • September 2019

Nafplio with its 33 000 inhabitants is a seaport town, with a romantic and beautiful old centre, in the Peloponnese. It was the first capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834. Its culture, architecture and traditions have during centuries been influenced by Byzantine times and Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors.  Nafplio public library, Palamidis Library, is located in a neoclassical building which was earlier used as a girls’ school. There is a small park in front of the library but it, like the main entrance, is closed. The entrance to the library is through the back door. The collection consists only of books; there are no newspapers, magazines or audiovisual material. The book collection includes books only in Greek, except the books which tell about Nafplio. With its old collection of non-fiction books this library is a combination of a research and a public library, in a rather limited scale. There is free wifi and a couple of computers and the air-condition makes the premises convenient to visit. ONE star: Poor.