The history of the Municipal Library of Zakynthos (Zante), begins in 1628, when it was first founded inside the Castle. The destructive earthquake and the fire in 1953, destroyed more from 33.000 tomes of its unique collection, among them being important documents of Kolokotronis, of Lord Byron and of several other important historical documents.
In 1954 the Library was temporarily lodged in the school of Ammos and in 1959, it was transferred to the premises of the Auditorium Center where it stays until nowadays. Most vacancies were covered by the donations of many Zakynthians who offered the library private collections of big historical importance. In the Municipal Library you may admire:
Photos from the old pre-earthquake city, and photos that present the interior of old mansions and Temples.
Rare documents of St.Dionisios and T. Kolokotronis
Rare books (roughly 60.000 tomes) with regard to the history and tradition of Zakynthos Zante.
The historical archives of Zakynthos with codes and documents, most from them never published.
Archives of the local Newspapers
Miniatures with the local costumes.
Memorials of the World War 2 but also from older periods, as in the ground floor of the building operates the "Museum of Bodage andNational Deforcement ".