The Library of ESTIA was founded in 1947 by Ms. Fyli Vatidou, who was a poetess and Director of ESTIA. Today, it includes approximately 80,000 volumes of great intellectual value and mostly historic, cultural and Asia Minor related content. The Library constitutes the guardian of a unique treasure, including extended bibliography on the Asia Minor campaign and destruction, photographs of Smyrna by Eleftherios Venizelos’ personal photograph, Manolis Megalooikonomou, a photographic archive of Kostas Missailidis, war correspondent during the Asia Minor Campaign, and valuable rare publications of the wider Asia Minor region.
Moreover, in the titles of the Asia Minor bibliography is recorded the daily life, the customs, the economy, the course and milestones of the Asia Minor campaign and destruction. At the Library, a special place is held by the valuable handwritten archive of the Asia Minor Association “Anatoli” founded in 1891 in Athens, in order to cover the educational and religious needs of the Asia Minor Greek community.
In the Library, one may also study a rare collection of books in Karamanli Turkish (Turkish using the Greek alphabet) as well as a multitude of books, newspapers and magazines published in Smyrna and Istanbul, maps of Asia Minor and Anatolian and Asia Minor calendars.
Since 1992, Estia runs a bookbinding and paper restoration department which harmoniously combines the old and the new, wearing down and restoration where old and rare publications are thoroughly restored (books – magazines – newspapers – maps – photographs – paintings, etc.).
Estia’s Library is equipped with the automated librarianship program “ΑΒΕΚΤ 5.6” acquired by the National Documentation Center of the National Hellenic Research Foundation. Presently, the bibliographical registrations total 11,241 entries and 13,693 copies are made available, thus facilitating the Library’s mission, and the search of information by readers.