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About E-Locus

E-Locus is a digital library created for the concentration and unified presentation of the scientific work that has been and is being produced in the University of Crete.

Through its environment it is possible to browse, search and access graduate, postgraduate and doctoral dissertations which are issued at the University of Crete, technical reports and study guides of University Departments. The material is organized into discrete collections and is continuously enriched.


The Library soon realized the need to create a database that would host and promote easy access to the grey bibliography produced by the members of the academic community as well as to anything that constitutes intellectual property of the University of Crete.

So, by 1998 the “Digital Library of the University of Crete” officially started to operate (Rector’s decision 23-1-1998). The environment was developed based on open source technology (Dienst software) and at the same time a team of technicians and librarians was organised in order to look after its support.

In a short period of time, a large amount of dissertations issued at the University of Crete were gathered while the effort to retrospectively collect material from previous years is still on.

In 2008, the Digital Library is renamed “Institutional Repository” and transferred to a brand new environment, also based on open source software (keystone). It is a modern, friendly tool especially designed to offer the visitor - inside and outside the University of Crete network - ease of browsing and access to the material.


Among the Library‘s goals is to preserve the existing collections in the Institutional Repository and achieve as much as possible full coverage of the material they concern.

In the near future, there are also plans to create new collections, to incorporate any digital and / or digitized material that is related to the University of Crete. So, the repository will eventually develop in the future with publications of the research and teaching staff, conference proceedings, scientific yearbooks published by the University of Crete, material from festivals and events that took place in the campus etc

Finally, the environment is going to get even better and more services will be added, following the new technology trends and the users’ needs and remarks.

We welcome your comments and suggestions at

How to Deposit your Work

The members of the University of Crete may deposit their work at the branch Library near their Department. They must bring one print and one digital copy of their work, according to the Rector’s Decision (23-1-1998) and the recent decision of the Rectors’ Council that define the regulations and obligations for the depositors.

The deposit cases below apply until now :

  • Graduate works : optional (except graduate students of the Department of Psychology, whose regulation established obligatory deposit of their works to the Library)
  • Postgraduate works : obligatory
  • Doctoral works : obligatory
  • Technical reports : optional

Also, together with the digital copy of the work that is given to the Library, there should be a file including title, keywords and abstract (up to 2000 characters) in Greek and English language.


The University of Crete Library supports the dissemination of scientific knowledge produced in the campus, with the prerequisite that this is strictly for educational, non commercial, reasons.

Given this fact, open access policy applies to the material hosted in the Institutional Repository and at its majority it is freely accessible from anyone interested, inside and outside the University of Crete network.

The creators / authors continue to hold full copyright on their work, even after they deposit copy to the Library. They just fill in and sign a form in order to give the Library the right to display their work.

In specific, people that deposit their work sign the following :

  1. That they are the creators of the work and the legal owners of its copyrights.
  2. That the work is not a product of plagiarism, it does not violate copyrights of other creators or private data and it is not involved in matters of national security
  3. That they deposit their work to the Library of the University of Crete in print and electronic format as one file, as well as abstract in Greek and English language.
  4. That they allow the University of Crete to display their work publicly worldwide, in print and electronic form, with the prerequisite that it is used for education and research, with no commercial intentions.
  5. That the above comes in no contradiction to other copyright holders.
  6. That the Library has no supervision over the content of their work and as creators they have full responsibility of the content.
  7. That they are aware that the print copy of their work will be placed in a special collection of restricted loan in the Library, while the digital copy will be included in the Institutional Repository of the University of Crete and will be directly accessible through the university network.
  8. They define how long –if at all- to delay the display of their work worldwide, maximum three years.
  9. That the Library of the University of Crete may hold more than one digital copies of their work, save it in more than one formats or devices for safety and preservation reasons, with the prerequisite that nothing in the content changes.

If you determine any copyright violation in the works integrated in the Institutional Repository, please let us know as soon as possible.

Open Access

On October 2003, nineteen international research institutions and organizations signed the «Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities».

Certifying the exceptional opportunities that the Internet may offer to the worldwide scientific community and publishing, they officially committed to promote it as a practical tool for distributing scientific knowledge and cultural heritage. That, among others, requires the establishment of open access repositories and integration of the intellectual work of any kind that is produced in the Institutions, as well as encouragement of the people to publish articles in open access journals.

Since then, more and more organizations have signed the declaration, supporting the open access movement. The Library of the University of Crete makes effort in order to disseminate this new philosophy in the academic community.

For more information you may consult the web pages below :

Web Services

E-Locus exposes its metadata records in compliance with Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

The baseURL for this service is :