Whether You Work, Research, or Read a Book: Top 10 Libraries in Istanbul

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21 September 2021

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Especially in this pandemic period, which of us is not tired of seeing the kitchen counter and the scratches on the living room parquet? Who wouldn’t want to have a cup of coffee and work with their friends in the spacious halls adorned with a thousand and one kinds of books? For this reason alone, I have listed the Istanbul Libraries for you, especially for these days when we lack motivation, let’s take a look.

Here are the best Istanbul libraries!




1) Beyazit State Library (Beyazit)

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Beyazıt State Library has the distinction of being the first library established by the state in Turkey. The first foundations were laid in 1884 as two historical buildings facing Beyazıt, across Beyazıt and Sahaflar Street. It is rooted in history as well as with its works. It contains nearly a million documents, half of which are books. At the same time, it promises a quiet and peaceful working environment with its spacious and large study rooms. Due to its location, you can find mostly university students studying in the library, which is close to Istanbul University Beyazıt Campus.

Address: Turan Emeksiz Sk. No:6 34126 Beyazit – ISTANBUL

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Open Days and Hours: It is open between 09:30-20:00 for 6 days. Closed on Sundays.




2) İBB Atatürk Library (Taksim)

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The foundations of this library, which was established in the first days of our republican history, were laid by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. This library is open to all individuals as well as individuals who conduct research on specific topics. In terms of resources, you can find a wide range of resources in periodicals with sufficient features. In this library, which has nearly 50 thousand resources, you can find albums, atlas, manuscripts, newspapers, postcards and works belonging to Atatürk and Istanbul. For this reason alone, it is very popular among college and high school youth.

It can be quite difficult to find a place in this library, which has large, spacious and quiet reading rooms with Bosphorus views. In fact, you can have a seating arrangement according to the numbers given to you at the entrance, but I would still say call and ask about the availability before you go to the library. Before the pandemic, it was a 24/7 library, but due to security reasons, no new guests are accepted between 00.00-06.00, so be quick.

Address: Miralay Şefik Bey Sok. No: 6 Taksim, Beyoğlu – ISTANBUL

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Open Days and Hours: It is open 5 days a week between 10:00 and 16:00. It’s closed on the weekend.


3) Orhan Kemal Provincial Public Library (Beyazit)

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It is one of the libraries that many young people rushed to knock on its door, inhaling the sea air during their university years. You can access this library, which is closed on Sundays, on other days. This library, which is very rich in content, also has an area for visually impaired individuals. There are approximately 6,000 types of audiobooks available on a voluntary basis. You can even find newly released books on the shelves, and you can also donate books voluntarily. Before the pandemic, the library was in service between 08:30 and 22:00.

Address: Mimar Kemalettin, Ordu Cd. No:19, 34130 Fatih – ISTANBUL

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Open Days and Hours: It is open between 09:30-20:00 for 6 days. Closed on Sundays.




4) Süleymaniye Manuscripts Library (Fatih)

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Suleymaniye Library is a door that should be opened by anyone who is interested in literature and history, but also in original manuscripts. In addition to historical books for more than 100 years, you can encounter many works in the fields of medicine, chemistry and botany. Because many sources in Istanbul have been brought together in this library. You can also find digital copies of manuscripts in this library. The library, adorned with historical textures, was formed by the meeting of two madrasahs at one point. It takes its name from the foundation laid at the same time as the Süleymaniye Complex, which was established in 1557 during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. You can also find works made with arts such as calligraphy and illumination, befitting such an old history.

Address: Süleymaniye, Ayşe Kadın Hamami Sk. No:27, 34116 Fatih – ISTANBUL

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Open Days and Hours: It is open 5 days a week between 10:00 and 16:00. It’s closed on the weekend.


5) Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Literature Museum Library (Gülhane)

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This library, converted from a museum to a library, is located next to Gülhane Park with its wooden stairs and cedar theme. The library, from the bar of belongings and works related to Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, after which it is named, also brings together the objects and works of our other authors with the visitors. Unlike other libraries, there is a piano room on the lower floor of this library, and if luck favors you, you can find yourself in a wonderful piano concert. In addition, it is a very social library that creates group activities and provides participants. It is possible to see people working on the computer as well as students studying. The most important thing you should not miss is that you cannot borrow books from the library.

Address: Alemdar Mah., Alemdar Cad. Regiment Mansion, 34122 Fatih – ISTANBUL

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Open Days and Hours: It is open between 09:30-20:00 for 6 days. Closed on Sundays.




6) Center for Islamic Studies (Üsküdar)

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This Research Center, which is historical but also has the most extensive resources in the Islamic field, was established in 1988 by the Turkish Religious Foundation. It is quite large and spacious. There are 4 thousand periodicals in this library, which has close to 295,000 books. It hosts the works of important names such as Orhan Şahin Gökyay and Yavuz Argıt. It is one of the places frequented by undergraduate students as well as doctoral students.

Address: Altunizade, İcadiye Bağlarbaşı Cd. No:40, 34672 Uskudar – ISTANBUL

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Open Days and Hours: Open between 09:30 and 23:00 for 7 days.


7) Women’s Works Library and Information Center Foundation (Balat)

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Assoc. Dr Füsun Akatli, Prof. Dr. Jale Baysal, Asli Davaz, Assoc. Dr. Şirin Tekeli and Füsun Yaraş laid the foundations of this library in 1990 in Balat. The fact that this library is the meeting point of the works written by women in Turkey and the works written about women is of different importance. At the same time, this library is very rich in content. Over 12.000 books find their place in this library.

Address: Fener Mahallesi, Mürsel Paşa Caddesi, No: 8, Opposite Fener Ferry Pier (Historical Building), Fatih – ISTANBUL

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Open Days and Hours: It is open between 09:00 and 16:30 on 5 days a week. It’s closed on the weekend.




8) Merkezefendi City Library (Zeytinburnu) – Merkezefendi Millet Kıraathanesi

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If you’re looking for a student-friendly venue, this library is for you! Because it is a very warm library with free tea, coffee and soup at certain times. For such a comfortable library, you need to go in advance, especially on weekends. In addition, you have to specify it in the card system when you go out or leave for a long time in this library, where you can enter and exit with the card system. In this way, everyone can benefit from the library. This library, which is on the metrobus route for transportation, is next to the Panorama 1453 Museum.

Address: Fener Mahallesi, Mürsel Paşa Caddesi, No: 8, Opposite Fener Ferry Pier (Historical Building), Fatih – ISTANBUL

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Open Days and Hours: It is open 5 days a week between 09:00 and 21:00. It’s closed on the weekend.


9) Istanbul Research Institute (Beyoğlu)

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This institute was the first stop you would like to get information about the unique history of Istanbul. With its easy access, it allows the public’s passion for Istanbul rather than students. If you get bored while working in this spacious and rather large library, the coffee shops on Beyoğlu Street are at your disposal. There are nearly 18,000 large resources in the library. Atatürk and Republic Studies Department, Ottoman Studies Department, Byzantine Studies Department are the three important pillars of this library. In addition to the photographs of these sections, you can also find elements such as engravings and maps of the periods.

Address: Mesrutiyet Cd. No:47 Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu – ISTANBUL

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Open Days and Hours: It is open between 13:30 and 16:30 on 5 days a week. It’s closed on the weekend. From the library’s website before you go appointment form need to fill.




10) Salt Beyoğlu Library (Beyoğlu)

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Except on Mondays, you can come together with art in this library. The fact that it is an exhibition element rather than a library makes it a pleasant place.

Address: Asmalı Mescit, Istiklal Cd. No:136 Beyoğlu – ISTANBUL

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Open Days and Hours: It is open 6 days a week from 11:00 to 17:00. Closed on Mondays.

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