The Corgialenios library, located in the center of Argostoli, was founded from legacy of Marinos Corgialenios, a local benefactor of Kefalonia, in 1924. The current building is a reconstruction of the original pre-earthquake one.
It contains about 60,000 books and is one of the biggest libraries in Greece. About half the books, in Greek and other languages, date from the 19th century or earlier. The oldest printed book is the lexicon called Souda or Suidas, published in 1499.
There is a special section of the library devoted to Kefalonian literature and newspapers and periodicals from the Ionian Islands, mostly from Kefalonia.The main collection has books of all kinds as well as a considerable number of manuscripts, including some of Byzantine music, and the personal papers of the Kefalonian writers Babis Anninos and Mikelis Avlihos. The oldest manuscript is a twelfth-century Gospel book.
The library also has a special section with Ionian bibliography and a collection of Ionian, mainly Kefalonian, newspapers and magazines. The general collection of the library has books of all categories that can be borrowed.
The main room of the library, where the books are kept, functions as a reading room and is equipped with computers. The hall is available for seminars and book presentations.
On the ground floor of the building you can visit the very interesting Corgialenios History and Cultural Museum.