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The Collection


The Sylvia Ioannou Foundation collection boasts a variety of rare books and maps, historical and travel texts, archetypes, incunabula and manuscripts related to Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Sylvia Ioannou’s love of books has been, for over 40 years, the driving force behind her quest to methodically collect them. Rare books, manuscripts and maps of Cyprus and the greater region of the Eastern Mediterranean make up the core of the library, which is now owned by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation. Today, the Foundation’s Collection is one of the world’s leading private collections of books on Cyprus and it continues to be enriched.

The Foundation’s library houses more than 3,000 rare books, maps and manuscripts dating from the 15th to the 20th century and related to the historical heritage and cultural tradition of Cyprus. With the help of technology and the tools offered by the digital humanities, the Collection’s content is gradually being made accessible via the Foundation's website, while at the same time it is being offered for interdisciplinary research.

See more on the Collection's Books and Manuscripts here.
See more on the Collection's Maps here.