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Hadrian's Library

Visit Hadrian’s Library for free with your Athens City Pass and save € 30.

Aussenansicht auf die Hadriansbibliothek in Athen

This famous library was built in 132 AD by the Roman emperor Hadrian and was named after him. It is located opposite the Roman Agora. Situated next to it is the former Tzisdarakis-Mosque built in 1759.

Opening hours of Hadrian’s Library

Monday to Sunday: 08:00AM–03:00PM 

Hadrian’s Library is open daily from 08:00AM to 03:00PM. The time is sufficient to visit the site and its monuments, like the Quatrefoil building and the Church of Megali Panagia.   

Admission fee for Hadrian’s Library

Unified ticket- Full: €30
Reduced: €15
Minors (under 18 years old) do not need to pay an admission fee.

Valid identity card or passport is needed to confirm the age. 

Ticket for Hadrian’s Library

By ordering the Athens City Pass Complete, you have free access to Hadrian’s Library. You will receive your ticket enclosed in the Athens City Pass package, at home before your trip or you can pick it up at our local pickup station, at Athens International Airport.

Address of Hadrian’s Library

Address:
Areos 3
10555 Monastiraki Athens
Greece

+30 210 3249350 

Hadrian’s Library is situated in one of the most popular and central locations in Athens, Monastiraki Square. It is highly recommendable to visit Monastiraki, especially for its famous flea market and its numerous shopping opportunities. 

Directions Hadrian’s Library

Metro lines 1 or 3 to Monastiraki

It is particularly easy to reach Hadrian’s Library since it is located directly opposite from the Monastiraki metro station main exit. You can use both line 1 and line 3 to get there making it one of the easiest accessible attractions.  

Highlights of Hadrian's Library

  • One of the biggest libraries of Antiquity
  • Very close to the Roman Agora 
  • Located on Monastiraki Square
  • Free entrance with the Athens City Pass

Special conditions of use:

You can profit from free and priority entrance to Hadrian’s Library with the Athens City Pass Complete.

The site is closed on the following days: Jan. 1st, May 1st, Easter Sunday (Greek Easter), Dec. 25th/26th.

Special opening times: Good Friday (Greek Easter) 12:00PM–03:00PM. 

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. 

Nearby Hadrian’s Library

The Roman Agora and the Ancient Agora are just a 5 minute walk from Hadrian’s Library where you can see the Temple of Hephaestus and the Stoa of Attalos. A bit further down is the Kerameikos archeological site and museum. The proximity of these attractions makes it easy to visit them even in one day. 

Description of Hadrian’s Library

The library was built by the Roman emperor Hadrian in 132 AD. It was part of Hadrian’s plan to rebuild the city of Athens. This was the largest library in Athens and was used to store literary works and administrative documents. It also served as a lecture hall (auditorium) and hosted various philosophical schools. 

The Athens City Pass Complete entitles you to free access to Hadrian’s Library with priority entrance. Simply, buy it online.