It was under a tent, at the foot of the Kronion hill, that the first attempts were made, in 1963, to create a library that would support and promote the International Olympic Academy's educational and research work. Very soon a room in the new facilities was made available for the library and in 1987, on the initiative of N. Filaretos, the President of the IOA at the time, the library's organization and fitting began.
In 1996, it moved to the second floor of the new conference center and its name changed to "Nissiotis Library", in memory of the late president of the IOA.
The library's facilities, which blend harmoniously with their lush green surroundings, include equipment and space for video projections and computers for quick access to references. The library covers all sports sciences, with special emphasis on the history, sociology, philosophy, etc. of the Olympic Games and supports the educational and research aims of the Olympic Family.
Its collection includes:
- more than 16.000 volumes (80% foreign and 20% Greek)
- more than 250 magazine titles
- videotapes (350)
- films (110)
- dissertations and doctoral theses
- sports dictionaries
- sports encyclopedias
- publications of National Olympic Academies and National Olympic Committees
- a collection of Olympic Education Programs
- information material on CD-ROM (95)
- a collection of bid books for the Olympic Games
- a complete collection of Olympic torches
- a collection of sports posters
In prominent position on the library's shelves one finds the valuable collection of 500 volumes - rare editions in their majority - donated to the library by the first president of the IOA and one of its founders, Ioannis Ketseas.
It is a fully computerized library, organized in accordance with international bibliography standards. The automated program used is the "Geac Advance 6.7" and for classification the Dewey Decimal Classification - 21st edition. Indexing is based on the Library of Congress Subject Headings model and cataloging on the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition (A.A.C.R.2).