Exceptional Libraries to Visit in Istanbul for Enthusiasts
Studying in the library, spending time, doing research, getting books… Now that all sounds strange, doesn’t it? Many people now think that the era of libraries is over and interest in libraries is over. But in the library environment, researching books, smelling books and touching books is an entirely different feeling… If you feel the libraries as your home; We would like to introduce you to the private libraries of Istanbul! Here are the special libraries to visit in Istanbul for enthusiasts.
The Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation
Let’s make a strong entry to the list with the Women’s Library and Information Centre! Undoubtedly one of the best libraries on the record, the Library of Women’s Library was founded in 1990 thanks to 5 women. This library, which has been enriched every day since its opening, contains collections, audiotapes, theses, articles, documents and over 11,000 books.
Address: Balat, Kadir Has Junction, No: 8, 34083, Fatih / Istanbul
Established in 1924, this library has been serving as the Atatürk Library since 1981. There are thousands of rare and qualified works in the Atatürk Library. Many local and foreign researchers prefer the Atatürk Library. Its award-winning architecture, views and 24-hour openness make it one of the must-see libraries. The library can borrow up to 5 books per month and has a seating capacity of 300. If you want to have a peaceful work with the view of the Bosphorus, you will love Atatürk Library.
Address: Gumussuyu, Miralay Sefikbey Street, No: 6, 34437 Beyoglu / Istanbul
Center of Islamic Studies (ISAM) Library
The Center of Islamic Studies, a comprehensive library of Islamic works, history and social sciences, is located in Üsküdar. This place, which has a very hearty structure, is open to visitors every day of the week. The only disadvantage of this library is that only doctoral students, academics and graduate students are allowed to enter. The good news is that the tea is quite cheap! 🙂
Address: Altunizade, İcadiye Bağlarbaşı Street, No: 40, 34672, Üsküdar / İstanbul
German Archaeological Institute Library
Turkey’s most extensive archaeological library, the German Archaeological Institute Library is located in Gümüşsuyu. This place, which contains 250 science journals and 56,000 books, is a stopover point for those who want to research Istanbul, Byzantine and Ottoman history. It is also possible to find resources on topics such as art history, architectural history, and to benefit from the maps and photo archive.
Address: Gumussuyu Mah., Inonu Cad. No: 10, 34437 Beyoğlu / İstanbul
Beyazıt State Library
Beyazıt State Library, which started to serve in the Imaret section of Beyazıt Complex in 1884, is open 24/7. There are thousands of works here. Turkey’s first binding bibliopegy workshop and printery opened this place, also has voice recording 6,000 units for the disabled.
Address: Beyazit, Cadircilar Caddesi, No: 4, 34126, Fatih / Istanbul
Istanbul Modern Library
The Istanbul Modern Library serves to support museum activities and to provide museum staff, visitors and researchers with access to all kinds of information in the field of art. It offers many resources about modern and contemporary art. The library currently has up to 11,500 books and 24-term subscription to current Turkish and foreign languages. The areas where the library focuses are as follows; cinema, video, new media, performing arts, photography, architecture, visual arts, corporate and private art collections, local and international visual art exhibitions, artists from Turkey and abroad, museums and arts management, modern and contemporary art history and theory. The library is open every day except Mondays.
Address: Asmalimescit Mahallesi, Mesrutiyet Caddesi, No: 99, 34430, Beyoglu / Istanbul
Idris Güllüce Library
Located next to İdris Güllüce Cultural Center, this library has over 31,000 resources and 15 periodicals. The library, which has been in service since 2006, is mainly composed of students. Idris Güllüce Library is open seven days a week.
Address: Aydınlı Yolu Caddesi, Sanayi Sitesi Opposite, No: 20, 3494, İçmeler, Tuzla / İstanbul
Kadikoy Municipality History Literature Art Library and Cultural Center
This library, which set out to create a specialized library in the fields of literature, art and history, has been in service since 15 March 2014. Giulio Mongeri’s assistant was designed by the architect Terziyan and built in the 19th-century old town hall, and this library contains thousands of works. Besides, TESAK signature collection, which consists of more than 6,000 signed books that can be reviewed with special permission, is also here.
Address: Caferağa, Rıhtım Caddesi, No: 2, D: 3, 34710, Kadıköy / İstanbul