Libraries In Istanbul
Libraries In Istanbul
Because of its magnificent historical monuments and culture, Istanbul is a city of facts and information, as you surely already know. Aside from these locations, Istanbul offers a plethora of libraries where you may study and learn about virtually any topic. If you want to learn something new on your stay in Istanbul, check out these public and very large libraries!
Istanbul's Ataturk Library
At 1924, the Turkish Republic constructed the Atatürk Library in ehremaneti (the Istanbul Municipality town hall), which was one of the first modern libraries in the country. Due to a shortage of space, the library had to relocate numerous times. In 1973, Koç Holding A.. constructed a building in Taksim Avenue designed by Hakk Eldem, a pioneer of modernist architecture in Turkey, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. Since 1981, this structure has been known as the Atatürk Library. The founders and major donors of the IMM Atatürk Library are Osman Ergin, Muallim Cevdet and Muhsin Erturul.
With all of the contributions and assistance, the Atatürk Library now has about 500.000 volumes. The library continues to convert its printed books into pdf documents. Aside from its extensive book collection, Atatürk Library is known for its restoration workshop, physical archive, conference room, exhibition hall, and other cultural assets.
The structure was constructed in 1700 by Seyyid Feyzullah Efendi and houses a large collection of manuscripts, including 3704 Arabic manuscripts, 519 Persian manuscripts, and 2485 Turkish manuscripts. It has a total of 27.603 works written in 28 languages. Millet Library is the only location in the world where you can view the final genuine copy of Kaşgarl Mahmut's (Dwn Lught al-Turk) Divanu Lügati't-Türk, which is regarded the most significant linguistic relic after Orkhon Inscriptions.
Beyazit State Library
The Beyazit State Library, was established in 1884 as part of the Süleymaniye Mosque Complex (külliye), is one of Istanbul's oldest and biggest libraries. The library facility was expanded after cabinet decisions in 1948 and 1953. Tabanlolu Architects, a well-known Turkish architectural firm, restored the library in 2015. Beyazit Library has about 800.000 books, 55.000 newspaper volumes, and archives of postgraduate dissertations with over 1.000.000 records accessible. Aside from written materials, the library includes a department with 5000 audio books for blind and visually impaired individuals.
SALT Galata Library
The old Ottoman Bank building now houses SALT Galata, one of Istanbul's best art institutions. The building's contrasting architectural styles—neoclassical and oriental—applied on opposing façades are regarded by many to be architectural masterpieces. SALT Research is a public library situated on the first level of the building with a wide variety of books in English, Turkish, and French. In the SALT Galata Library, there are about 100.000 printed publications with 40.000 distinct titles. SALT has a large digital archive in addition to its physical resources. You should also pay a visit to the Galata Tower, which is located near this library.
The Islamic Studies Center
The Center for Islamic Studies (SAM) library in Istanbul is the most important of its type. It began operations in 1988 in the same building as the TDV Encyclopedia's General Directorate. The TDV Center for Islamic Studies was formed in 1993 when these two institutions joined (ISAM). Beside the rich collection of books and periodicals on Islamic culture, history and civilization, the library has grown its collection to other areas of social sciences, especially with respect to Turkish history, culture, and literature. It is operated by the Turkish Religious Foundation based on modern methods and houses over 230,000 books, 3,500 magazines and 19,400 other documents. You will find many important facts about Istanbul's historical spots such as Hagia Sophia or Ottoman's Topkapi Palace in the books!