İstanbul İl Kültür ve Turizm Müdürlüğü


It’s no surprise that Istanbul, a city of former empires, has plenty of stunning libraries with their fair share of historic manuscripts. However, the city also satisfies every bookworm’s interest with its more modern research libraries and bookstores. Within the city limits of Istanbul list of important libraries can be listed as shown below;

Name of the Library

Mustafa İnan Library

Istanbul Çelik Gülersoy LibraryAlemdar
Ottoman Archives Department LibraryAlemdar
I.Mahmut LibraryAlemdar
Orhantepe Halil İnalcık Public LibraryAtalar
Atalar Public LibraryAtalar
Beykent University LibraryAyazağa
Halide Edip Adıvar Library (Üsküdar American Academy)Bağlarbaşı
Library of the Islamic Research Center/İslam Araştırmaları Merkezi/ ISAMBağlarbaşı
Çatalca Public LibraryBahşeyiş
Bakırköy Rıfat Ilgaz District Public LibraryBakırköy
Women's Works LibraryBalat
Kemal Tahir LibraryBatı
American Research Institute LibraryBebek
Bahcesehir Üniversitesi Barbaros LibraryBeşiktaş
MEF Schools LibraryBeşiktaş
Beyazıt State LibraryBeyazıt
French Anatolian Research Institute LibraryBeyoğlu
Library of the Goethe InstituteBeyoğlu
İstanbul Research Institute LibraryBeyoğlu
Yapı Kredi Sermet Çifter Research Library
Yıldız Palace Museum Library
Köprülü LibraryBinbirdirek
Serap Sedat Children's LibraryBostancı
Maltepe University LibraryBüyükbakkalköy
Caddebostan Culture Merkezi Boutique LibraryCaddebostan
Muhtar Özkaya Public LibraryCaddebostan
Özgen Berkol Doğan Sci-Fi LibraryCaferağa
Turabi Baba LibraryCamiikebir
Sultan Ahmed LibraryCankurtaran
Maltepe District Public LibraryCevizli
Turuva (Troy) LibraryCevizlik
Kadir Has University Faculty of Communication LibraryCibali
Selimiye LibraryCihangir
Istanbul Regional Directorate of Turkey Statistical Institute LibraryCihannüma
Rafet Atraç Culture and Education Foundation LibraryCumhuriyet
ÇağlayanPublic LibraryÇağlayan
Department of Educational Institutions LibraryÇamlık
Hamidiye Culture Central LibraryÇekmeköy
Mehmet Akif Ersoy Public LibraryÇeliktepe
Şehit Er Hasan Kurt Library (Private Martyr)Çınardere
İnönü District Public LibraryDemirkapı
Aegean University Central LibraryDenizköşkler
Public LibraryDervişali
Şeyh Zafir LibraryDikilitaş
Marmara University Center LibraryEğitim
Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Information CenterEminönü
Göztepe District Public LibraryEsenler
Esenyalı LibraryEsenyalı
Atatürk Cultural Center Public LibraryEsenyurt
Esenyurt Municipality LibraryEsenyurt
Evren District Public LibraryEvren
Recai Mehmet Efendi LibraryEyüp Sultan
National Manuscripts LibraryFatih
İBB Ahmet Kabaklı Public and Children LibraryFatih
Nuruosmaniye LibraryFatih
Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate LibraryFener
Ibn Sina LibraryFevzi Çakmak
Mimar Sinan University Central LibraryFeyzullah
Koca Ragıp Paşa LibraryGaziosmanpaşa
Nazmiye Kaya LibraryGaziosmanpaşa
Barbaros District Public LibraryGaziosmanpaşa
Yüzyıl District Public LibraryGaziosmanpaşa
Gaziosmanpaşa District Public LibraryGaziosmanpaşa
Sefaköy Public LibraryGaziosmanpaşa
Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Literature Museum LibraryGülhane
Fatih Sultan Mehmet LibraryGüllü Bağlar
Acıbadem University LibraryGülsuyu
German Arkeoloji Institute LibraryGümüşsuyu
Bağlar District Public LibraryGüneşli
Dr. Adnan Büyükdeniz Digital LibraryGüngören
Nesin Foundation LibraryGüngören
Büyük Oturak Public LibraryGüngören
Güngören District Public LibraryGüngören
Public LibraryGüngören
Hürriyet District Public LibraryGüzeltepe
Güzelyalı LibraryGüzelyalı
Hoca Üveys LibraryHırka-i şerif
State LibraryHobyar
ÇEKÜL Foundation Information and Document CenterHüseyinağa
Environmental Cultural Values Protection & Promotion Foundation LibraryHüseyinağa
Garanti GaleriHüseyinağa
İBB Eyüp Sultan LibraryIslambey
Yenişehir Library and Study Centerİskender Paşa
Körler Libraryİslambey
Aziz Berker District Public LibraryKadiköy
SALT GalataKarakoy
İstanbul Modern LibraryKarakoy
April 17 Public LibraryKarlıktepe
Tuzluca District Public LibraryKartal
Kartal District Public LibraryKartal
Metin And LibraryKemalpaşa
İkizce District Public LibraryKemankeş
Muallim Cevdet LibraryKordonboyu
Ömer Faruk Toprak Public LibraryKozyatağı
Göle District Public LibraryKüçükçekmece
Levent Fatma Banat Children's LibraryLevent
Arnavutköy Türkan Saylan Cultural Center LibraryMaltepe
Istanbul Technical University Mustafa Inan Library Köprülü LibraryMaslak
Gazi Paşa District Public LibraryMehmet Akif
Beykoz District Public LibraryMerkez
Orhan Kemal City Public LibraryMimar Kemalettin
Hacı Selimağa Manuscript LibraryMimarsinan
Atıf Efendi LibraryMollahüsrev
Tiled Children's LibraryMurat Reis
Akşemsettin LibraryMurat Reis
Atça Public LibraryNispetiye
Dolayoba District LibraryOrta
Sesli (Audio) LibraryReşadiye
Boğaziçi University LibraryRumeli Hisarı
Aptullah Kuran LibraryRumeli Hisarı
Şemsipaşa District Public LibrarySalacak
Kıraç İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality Information Access CenterSarıyer
İbrahim Hakkı Konyalı LibrarySelimiye
Library of the Academy of Sciences of TurkeySirkeci
Büyükada District Public LibrarySite
Demirözü City Public LibrarySoğanlık
Bozdoğan District Public LibrarySoğanlık
Süleymaniye LibrarySuleymaniye
Library of the Archaeological MuseumSultanahmet
Library of the Topkapı PalaceSultanahmet
Oğuzhan District Public LibrarySultanahmet
Üsküdar Mihrimah Sultan Children's LibrarySultantepe
İstanbul University Central LibrarySüleymaniye
Şeyhli LibraryŞeyhli
Şile İlçe Public LibraryŞile
İBB Atatürk LibraryTaksim
Necmiye Teacher LibraryTalatpaşa
American LibraryTepebaşı
FMV Işık Schools Nişantaşı Campus LibraryTeşvikiye
Turkish Islamic Arts LibraryTevfik Bey
Türvak Ulvi Uraz LibraryTomtom
Barış Manço Public LibraryTopselvi
İdris Güllüce LibraryTuzla
Mehmet Akif Ersoy LibraryTuzla
Piri Reis Üniversitesi LibraryTuzla
Prf. Dr. Nejat Göyünç LibraryTuzla
23 Nisan National Sovereignty Children's LibraryUnalan
Caddebostan Boutique Art LibraryCaddebostan
Silivri District Public LibraryUnkapanı
Academy 1971 Book House Cafe & LibraryUskudar
Seven Beautiful Men and Pioneers LibraryÜsküdar
Üsküdar Şemsi Paşa LibraryÜsküdar
Vitali Hakko (Creative) Endüstrile LibraryÜsküdar
Yakacık Cultural Center LibraryYakacık
Ahmet Süheyl Ünver Public and Children's LibraryYaman Evler
Yavuz Selim District Public LibraryYavuz Selim
IGEME LibraryYenibosna
Erdem Bayazıt LibraryYeşilpınar
Selçikler District Public LibraryYıldıztepe
Merkez Efendi City LibraryZeytinburnu
Private Dadyan Armenian Primary School LibraryZeytinlik

Most distinguishing ones...

Istanbul, wealth of libraries, definitely will offer you a pleasant and satisfying information exchange, if you can serve some of your visit time at its most distinguishing libraries which are briefly described below;

Beyazit State Library

Beyazit State Library, the first state library in Turkey, opened in Istanbul in 1884. The space quickly became a haven for books and documents otherwise in danger of being destroyed or ruined in mosques and tombs throughout the country; according to The Culture Trip, it served as an important storehouse during WWI and Turkey’s War of Independence. Today Beyazit’s collection consists of over one million documents and nearly as many books. And, just as the quest for knowledge never ends, Beyazit never stops welcoming new readers and visitors; the library is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Located adjacent to Beyazit Mosque, a structure built by (and named for) Sultan Beyazit II in 1506, the library is situated in a bustling neighbourhood that is rich in historical and architectural wonders. Beyazit Library’s distinct, multi-domed roof has been a prominent part of the old city’s skyline for well over a century; the scholarly and creative materials housed within have served to archive and document the country’s complex, ever-transforming identity. When the time came to renovate Beyazit, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism looked amongst their own people for visionaries. Tabanlıoğlu Architects, an Istanbul-based architectural firm, were selected to lovingly and creatively breathe new life into the existing structure while keeping an eye fixed on the past.

Tabanlıoğlu Architects was established in 1990 by a father and son team, Hayati Tabanlıoğlu and Murat Tabanlıoğlu. The surname Tabanlıoğlu is something of an institution in the world of Turkish architecture; Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoğlu made waves in the mid-twentieth century with projects like Çankaya Mosque, Erzurum Atatürk University, Atatürk Cultural Center, and İstanbul Atatürk Airport, as well as Galleria, which is known as ‘the first shopping mall of Turkey’. Today the firm develops large projects all over the world, but when it came to the local wonder that is the Beyazit State Library, the vision for renovation was simple: according to the firm, a ‘minimal intervention’ approach would ensure that the spirit of the place survived, while “modern facilities are grafted onto the historic fabric.”

The project included a modest extension, which honoured the existing scale of the building, to the northeast façade. Throughout the interior, visitors will encounter an amalgamation of old and new; bookshelves situated in a geometric glass enclosure juxtapose the rough, aging stone on the walls with the fixed lines of modernity. The soaring ceilings of the reading room — a pale space flooded with natural light — are painted with ornamental motifs that pay homage to the decorative designs of Turkish culture. Well-lit, modern glass cases allow for the showcasing of rare books and the curiosities of antiquity.

A glass enclosure over the courtyard offers an unobstructed view of the sky and the neighbouring structures. According to The Culture Trip, renovations unearthed the remains of a Byzantine church, which the publication describes as a “common occurrence in Istanbul, where so much history still remains to be discovered.” Tabanlıoğlu Architects, in keeping with their minimal intervention approach, chose to showcase these remains with the help of yet another glass enclosure, transforming this library into something of a museum space in which visitors can soak in the history of the city as well as its wealth of written texts. On your next trip to Istanbul, be sure to set aside an afternoon expressively for wandering through the stacks of Beyazit State Library; between the breathtaking contemporary architecture and relics of Turkish history, you’ll leave feeling more than a little inspired. The working hours of the library are 7/24.

A: Beyazıt, Çadırcılar Cd. No: 4, 34126 Fatih
T: +90 (212) 522 31 67


Istanbul Research Institute Library

The ISAM library was established in 1984 with the purpose of collecting the publications necessary to prepare the TDV Encyclopedia of Islam under one roof and, also of making them available to all interested researchers. The library operates based on modern methods to help maintain research and publication activities involving both the encyclopedia and other programs in a steady and timely fashion. It keeps track of all books and periodicals on Islamic culture, history, and civilization on a regular basis. Expanding outside Islamic studies, the library collections have continuously grown richer in other areas of social sciences, especially with respect to Turkish history, culture, and literature. In time, many private collections have been added as well, such as those belonging to Ziyad Ebuzziya, Orhan Saik Gokyay, Nejat Goyunc, Hilmi Oflaz, Nihat M. Cetin, Yavuz Argit, Albert Hourani, Jacques Waardenburg, Kemal Beydilli, and Ilber Ortayli. Some of these private collections include rare archival documents.

Library Collections

Books: 256,623 Bind
Journals: 3,678 different titles, of which 795 are continuously subscribed
Document Folders: 17,310
Microfilm (Ottoman Court Records):22,889
Microfiche and microfilm: 411
Reprints: 5,376
CDs: 1.239

Data Bases: ISAM Data Base of Turkish Libraries

This data base contains citations regarding 717,000 manuscripts and publications housed in 122 different libraries in Turkey, including all manuscript libraries in Istanbul. It was created with the aim of supporting the publication efforts of the TDV Encyclopedia of Islam as well as internal use by the research staff at ISAM.

The Thesis Data Base

In addition to the data base on major library collections and to further facilitate the preparation of the TDV Encyclopaedia of Islam and other ISAM publications, the citations of all theses prepared in Turkish colleges and universities within the main areas of interest to ISAM were also collected and computerized resulting in the creation of the Thesis Data Base. This regularly updated data base includes a total of 286,000 thesis citations.

The Article Data Base

Currently, the Article Date Base contains citations for 855,000 articles, including all of the articles in the “Turkiye Makaleler Bibliyografyasi” published in Turkey from 1929 to 1999. This data base incorporates complete and up to date information about articles published in the journals of the Theology Faculties as well. Efforts to enhance this data base continue through the addition of all articles, already present in ISAM library and their reprints in ISAM’s major research fields. Domestic researchers unable to come to ISAM library can also utilize the existing data bases by sending their requests via e-mail to:


The ISAM Documentation service holds 17,310 document folders in its collections. These folders are prepared by going through 135,562 books and 63,234 issues of 2,149 different kinds of journals that are connected with entries to be included in the TDV Encyclopedia of Islam published by ISAM. In addition to the researchers who are members of our Library, academics from outside Istanbul can also consult these document folders. Those wishing to use these folders can request documents through e-mailing our Library at:
The Documentation service is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Ottoman Court Records Archive

This archive houses microfilm versions of the records from 27 Shari‘ah courts (9,895 defters, or registers) that are kept at the Office of the Jurisconsult of Istanbul (Istanbul Muftulugu), the Daily Account Books of the Rumelian and Anatolian Chief Military Judges (Rumeli ve Anadolu Kazarkerligi Ruznamceleri) (377 defters), the registers of the Head of the Descendents of the Prophet (Nakibu’l-Esraf defterleri) (33 defters), and the Judge seals (Kadi Muhurleri) (13 defters), and the Shari‘ah Court Records in the Milli Kutuphane (8,860 defters). In addition, it also contains microfilms of the court records from the Manastir region of Macedonia (185 defters) and from Livno, Mostar, Priyedor, Sarajevo, Temesvar, and Visoko regions (118 defters) which are kept at the archives of Sarajevo Oriental Studies Institute, Mostar / Herzegovina Archives, Sarajevo History Archives, and Gazi Husrev Bey Library.

Ottoman Shari‘ah Court Records Archive is open to researchers seven days a week from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Conditions for using the ISAM Library
• All professors and graduate students can use the library.
• While entering or exiting the library, it is required that all users scan their ISAM library membership identification cards through the electronic scanner located at the information desk.
• Definitely no smoking, and no food or drinks are allowed in the library.
• Lockers for personal use are available in the library. ISAM cannot, however, be held responsible for lost or stolen items.
• It is compulsory for users to keep their cellular phones off in the library.
• Contents of the library are under electronic surveillance. No library materials can be taken out without prior permission. We will take legal action against those who attempt to do so.
• Recording of any kind, including taking photographs, in the library without permission is prohibited.
• No group meetings or loud conversations are allowed in the library. Library personnel should not be kept occupied with requests not included among their responsibilities.
• It is requested that library users do not consult with the researchers, the academic or the administrative personnel during work hours.
• The library does not lend out any publications.
• The library materials are organized according to an open shelf system and users are not allowed to make any changes in the way they are organized.
• If library resources are irrevocably damaged or lost by a user, in addition to collecting the full payment for these materials, the library also cancels the membership of that user.
• A given desk cannot be reserved for individual use on a continuous basis.
• Some computers are designated for general use in the library. They cannot, however, be used for any reason other than conducting research.

Anyone who wants to do research or academic studies on any subject shall visit ISAM library’s inspiring environment and great data base. The library has both printed and electronic scientific resources. ISAM library aims to meet the needs of its visitors in most convenient way by trying to enrich its collection. The library is divided into different sections; “Ataturk and Republic Studies Department” (Istanbul Library and Reference Library) which is on the 1st. Floor, “Ottoman Studies Department” (Sevket Rado Manuscripts Library, Semavi Iyice Library and Pera Museum Art Library) which are on the 3rd. Floor and also "Byzantine Research Section" (Semavi Iyice Library) on the 2nd. Floor. The library's archive contains the old Istanbul Photographs Collection, various maps, thousands of newspaper clippings related to the history and architecture of Istanbul and much more. The working hours of the library, which is closed on Sundays, are as follows:

Monday - Friday: 09.00 - 17.30
Wednesday: 09.00 - 20.00
Saturday: 10.30 - 17.00

Islam Araştırmaları Merkezi Kütüphanesi (ISAM)
İcadiye Bağlarbaşı Street, No: 40 Üsküdar 34662
T:+90 (216) 474 08 50
F:+90 (216) 474 08 74


Boğaziçi University Library

In 1863 when Robert College was founded by Dr. Cyrus Hamlin, the library’s book stock, housed in an old building at Bebek, consisted of 200 books that were donated by Harvard University. After Mr. Kaspar Tüygil was appointed as Head Librarian after graduating from the college in 1897, books that were kept in college rooms and buildings across the campus were gathered under one roof, and for the first time a registration, cataloguing, and lending system were put in place. The steadily rising collection emerged the construction of a library building, which was completed in 1932 and named Van Millingen Hall. By 1971, when the Boğaziçi University was established, number of books exceeded 100,000. Unable to house the collection, in 1983, the library was moved to its present location on the North Campus. In Van Millingen Hall, except for a few back issues of periodicals, located on the top floor of the building that serve as a reminder of its former function, the building is used by the University Administration and the Rector’s offices.

In 1983, the library moved to its new and genuine building designed by Sevinç and Şandor Hadi who are among the pioneers of modern Turkish architecture. The collection reached 231,000 books in 1990 and approximately 285,000 in 1995. Since 1995, many technological advances in library services were swiftly introduced including state-of the-art hardware and software, as well as measures to improve efficiency in the provision of services to the user. Since then, the collection has been steadily grousing, and book donations made to the library have shown a significant increase. In 2004, the collection reached 452.000. The present library building which in 1999 was named after the university’s founding rector Aptullah Kuran, finds itself once again short of space as a result the increase in the number of books and users. An adjacent building was renovated and added to the library to held Periodicals Department in 2009. The library, assisted by the academic staff, continues to acquire the most recent publications and contemporary works.

The Rare Books Collection on the o
ther hand houses a collection in Van Millingen Hall, 1932 excess of 20,000 books and printed material dating from the 16th to the 20th century. The Near-East Collection houses more than 100,000 historical, cultural, linguistic and literary works that focus. Particularly on Turkey and neighbouring countries as well as the Ottoman Empire. Another collection that no other library in Turkey has is that of the US Historical Archives consisting of 2,500 rare books and other documents that date back to the 18th century. The Library has the largest Braille collection across Turkey for the benefit of its blind readers and provides an extensive service for students with impairments.

The Library no less than 9 distinct collections, strives to ensure, with the help of the university staff and friends of the Library, that readers have access to research material by means of tracking developments, whether it be in respect of electronic journals, internationally cited sources or software developed specifically for library use. “If all the buildings of a college were to collapse, and the library remained, the college could survive; the hart would still be there” Dr. Alexander Van Millingen.

Resource Services: Course reserves, Inter library loan (national and international), Department for watching films, Department for listening to music, Microfilm and microfiche reading machines

Study Facilities: Separate study halls, Personal and group study areas, Study room (carrel) loans, Laptop loans, Electronic Services, Wireless internet, Off-campus access to all electronic content, Book renewal, hold, and more, Self-Check

Collection: The library collection is developed not only an academic information base, but also personal and intellectual development of the users. The collection includes mostly English publications, followed by Turkish, German, French and other languages in the form of books, journals, statistics and data, rare books, microfilms, CDROMs, etc. The film collection consists of DVDs, VCDs, and VHS, Sand Blu-Rays, while the music collection includes CDs, phonograph records and some tapes. An almost complete collection of Turkish literature was compiled after the purchases and donations made in the recent years.

E–Collection: Boğaziçi University Library has always been a pioneer library employing the newest technologies. It started to use CDROM and dial-up databases in 1980s, as soon as information resources have begun to move to electronic media. Today, it has the big get number of electronic resources in Turkey, offering access to e-journals, e-books, databases, standards, online music & video and reference resources. BU members are able to access all electronic content 24/7 from inside and outside the campus using the proxy service of Library.

Printed Collection: Book: 443.586, Periodical: 146.064, Thesis: 11.340, Microfilm: 4.664, DVD: 3.759, Music CD: 3.091, Phonograph: 2.900, CD-ROM: 2.061, Video cassette (VHS): 1.046, Other media: 2.820, Total: 621.331

Electronic Collection: 126 databases, 18 reference databases, 7 patents and standards resources, 2 music, video & audiobook resources, 395.250 e-books, 78.807 e-journals

Floor Plan: Ground Level: Periodicals & newspapers, Audio-visual Department, Braille Department, Entrance Level: Circulation, Reference and ILL, Technical services, Study halls, First Level: General Collection, Course reserves, Personal study area, Carrels

Second Level: General Collection, Near East Collection, Rare Books reading area, Carrels
The working hours of the library are 7/24.

Rumeli Hisarı, Hisar Üstü Nispetiye Street
Boğaziçi University North Campus No: 5 34342 Sarıyer
T: +90 (212) 257 50 16


İdris Güllüce Library

İdris Güllüce Library is a public library that has been serving since 2006 on Aydınlı Road in Tuzla district of Istanbul. The library, which has a three-storey, modern building, has more than 30 thousand books and 12 periodicals that are updated every month. There are encyclopaedias and periodicals and books of philosophy, psychology and religious fields in the ground floor hall, while social sciences, linguistics, natural sciences, mathematics, technology, fine arts and Turkish literature in the middle floor hall; On the top floor, there are books including world literature, geography and history.

In addition, there is a children's section with children's books. Since it is located in Tuzla, which is home to seven universities, and in the close vicinity of many schools, students constitute a significant part of its member profile. It has more than 7.000 members and is visited by about 30 thousand visitors annually.

İdris Güllüce Library is open all days of the week and offers a decent environment to its readers between 09.00-20.00 on weekdays and 09.30 - 18.00 on weekends. Membership is required to borrow books from the library. Each member has the right to purchase three books, and 30 days are given for the received books.

Aydınlı Road Street, Across Industrial Site No:20, 34947 İçmeler/Tuzla
T: +90 (216) 586 57 21


SALT Galata

Certainly one of Istanbul’s most beautiful buildings that used to house the Ottoman Bank, SALT is not only an impressive research library and archive but also has its own café, restaurant, art gallery, and museum. Robinson Crusoe, one of the city’s best bookstores for international titles, also happens to be within this exceptional building.

SALT Galata
Bankalar Street No: 11 Karaköy 34421
T: +90 (212) 334 22 00
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 – 20:00
Sunday:  12:00 – 18:00

SALT Beyoğlu
İstiklal Street No: 136 Beyoğlu 34430 
T: +90 (212) 377 42 00
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 – 20:00
Sunday:  10:00 – 18:00


Yıldız Palace Museum Library

Located within the historic Yıldız Palace estate, the IRCICA Library is an institution with more than 81,000 books that focus primarily on Islamic religion and arts. From works of calligraphy to historic photographs, this particular library is a real journey back in time. The working hours of the library are as follows;

All days of the week: 09:00 – 23:00
Karagümrük, Fevzi Paşa Cad. No: 259 34091 Fatih
T: +90 (212) 631 86 31


The Istanbul Modern Library

The Istanbul Modern Library provides resources on modern and contemporary art to visitors and researchers. The library currently has a growing collection of 11,500 books in Turkish and foreign languages and subscriptions to 24 periodical titles. The library keeps its collection up-to-date by acquiring books and catalogues published by museums, art centers, and galleries in Turkey and abroad. Acquisitions are made via donation, exchange, and collaboration. The Istanbul Modern Library collection specializes in the following subject areas:

·         History and Theory of Modern and Contemporary Art
·         Museum and Art Management
·         Artists from Turkey and Abroad
·         Local and International Visual Art Exhibitions
·         Corporate and Private Art Collections
·         Visual Arts
·         Architecture
·         Photography
·         Video, New Media, and Performance Arts
·         Cinema

Bibliographic information for publications in the collection can be accessed through the online catalogues in the library. Located on Istanbul Modern’s lower floor, the library has an open-shelf system which allows readers to access the collection directly. The working hours of the library, which is closed on Sundays, are as follows:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
Thursday: 10.00 AM - 08.00 PM
Sunday: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM
Monday: Closed

Asmalımescit Mahallesi Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No:99 34430, Beyoğlu İstanbul
T: +90 (212) 334 73 00
F: +90 (212) 243 43 19


Vitali Hakko Creative Industries Library

Located on the Asian side within the headquarters Vakko, Turkey’s leading fashion brand, the Vitali Hakko Creative Industries Library is a hidden bibliophile’s delight. You’ll find special and limited editions about architecture, design, fashion, art, film, and much more. The working hours of the library, which is closed on Sundays, are as follows:

Tuesday – Friday: 09:00 – 18:00
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Monday: 09:00 – 18:00

Altunizade, Kuşbakışı Sok. No: 35 34662 Üsküdar
T: +90 (216) 554 07 00


Atatürk Library

One of Istanbul’s most overlooked libraries is also among its most precious. Open since 1939, the modernist architecture of the Atatürk Library stands as a reminder to a different past, while the almost entirely glass-covered façade looks out over unmatched views of the city.

The library is open for all visitors 7/24.

Gümüşsuyu, Miralay Şefikbey Sk. No:6, 34437 Beyoğlu
T: +90 (212) 249 09 45


American Research Institute in Turkey

The library belonging to the American Research Institute in Turkey has around 14,000 volumes and journals that span the Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Turkish periods. Certainly an important resource for English-speaking scholars, the library’s catalogue is available online via the Digital Library for International Research (DLIR) server for some pre-browsing. The working hours of the library, which is closed on Sundays, are as follows:

Monday: 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday - Friday: 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00

İstiklal Caddesi No. 181 Beyoğlu 34433
T: +90 (212) 393 60 72


Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Literature Museum Library

Named after Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, one of Turkey’s most important essayists and novelists, the Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Literature Museum Library is housed within the 19th-century Alay Köşkü (Alay Manor) near the Gülhane Park of Topkapı Palace. Apart from special corners that exhibit the life and works of Turkey’s most renowned authors and a space that hosts workshops and award ceremonies, the library has more than 8,000 books. With more than 1,000 titles focusing on Istanbul, the collection also includes periodicals on literature and other art forms. The working hours of the library, which is closed on Sundays, are as follows:

Monday – Saturday: 08:30 - 20:30
Sunday: Closed

Alemdar Mah., Alemdar Cad. Alay Köşkü 34122 Fatih
T: +90 (212) 520 20 81


Central Library of Istanbul University

Known for its beautiful green campus and historic buildings, the Central Library of Istanbul University is equally impressive. One of the oldest and largest university libraries in Turkey, the collection includes manuscripts from the 15th century, in both Turkish and foreign languages, as well as printed works from the Turkish Republic. The working hours of the library are as follows:

All days of the week: 08:30 – 16:30

Balabanağa, Ordu Cd. No: 1 34134 Fatih
T: +90 (212) 455 57 83


German Archaeological Institute Library

German Archaeological Institute Library was established in Beyoglu with Turkey's largest archaeological database. Enthusiasts can access historical research on Istanbul city history, Byzantine and Ottoman.

Working Hours:

Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 13:00
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Gümüşsuyu Mah., İnönü Cad. No: 10 34437 Beyoğlu
T: +90 (212) 393 76 00


Women's Works Library

The Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation (WLICF) is the first and only women-centred library and archive in Turkey. It was founded in Istanbul by Aslı Davaz, Füsun Akatlı, Füsun Ertuğ, Jale Baysal, and Şirin Tekeli; and opened to the public on 14 April, 1990. At that time, the women’s movement in Turkey had already gathered a wealth of documents related to the struggle for women’s rights. These documents concerned issues such as equal pay for equal work, equality in civil rights, ending all kinds of violence against women and equal representation in parliament. The collections of the Women’s Library in Istanbul are organized in sixteen main sections: Women’s Private Papers, Women’s Oral History, Women’s Organizations, Ephemera, Women Writers, Women Artists, Visual Documents, Audio Material, Posters, Art Collections, Newspaper Clippings, Books, Periodicals, Rare Material, Thesis-Dissertations and Articles.

These documents are unique and cannot be found elsewhere. Because libraries and archives centres in general do not have an acquisition policy regarding the women’s movement documents in Turkey, large quantities of ephemeral material regarding the women’s movement is only kept by the Women’s Library. The institution frames and constitutes the memory of women and the women’s movement, and the growth of our collection is parallel to the development of the feminist consciousness in Turkey.
The working hours of the library are as follows:

Tuesday - Friday: 09:00 – 18:00
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Monday: 09:00 – 18:00

Balat, Kadir Has Kavşağı No:8, 34083 Fatih
T: +90 (212) 534 95 50

Women's Works Library

Academy 1971 Library

The history of the Academy Bookstore is actually very old. "The Academy Bookstore, which was founded in 1971 in Nişantaşı by Hadi Olca and was the meeting place of literature, art and intellectuals in a short time, was reopened under the name of Academy 1971 after 22 years in Kadıköy. The working hours of the library are as follows:

All days of the week: 08:30 – 16:30

Caferağa, Sakız Sk. 12/A, 34710 Kadıköy
T: +90 (216) 700 19 71