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BEYAZIT COMMONWEALTH LIBRARY Beyazit state Library is located in the historical Beyazit Square surrounded by Sahaflar-a historical complex of book store near Beyazit Square – Istanbul University campus and Beyazit Mosque in Istanbul which reflects the history of a civilization giving great emphasis on education and boks campus with the heritage of numerous work of literature and art and science. The librarary c consists of two buildings overlooking Beyazit Square and any body trying to reach knowledge serves those who do research in these fields.
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Köprülü library was commissioned by Ottoman Grand Vizier Köprülü Mehmed Pasha in 1661. The library currently contains 4,000 manuscript volumes. It is located at Piyer Lotti Street in Istanbul, corner off Divan Yolu. Nazlı Zehra AÇIKGÖZ 10 YDL / 1231 Büşra YELGEÇ 10 YDL / 772
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Atıf Efendi Library
atifefendi.jpgCompleted by Koprulu Fazil Ahmet Pasa – the son of Koprulu Mehmet Pasa- in 1678 as the first library having an independent building after Koprulu Library in Ottoman State, being the second in this category, Atif Mustafa Efendi Library was established Vefa Quarter of Istanbul by Atif Efendi in1741 who was a divani poet and worked as Chief Registrar during Sultan Mahmut I’s period.
Library building is one of most beautiful examples of Turkic Baroque style, reflecting 18th century Turkish Civil Architectural Art. Conditions of studying and ways of benefiting from library are inscribed on a marble foundation [waqf] charter in the entrance of the library. The establishment of this library was stated as “…talebe-i ulumun ifade ve istifadesi mülahazasiyle [for the consideration of the expression and benefit of all students]” in this charter. According to the charter, librarians were to be chosen from the aptitude and religious people, perform their own duties and not to pass them onto their assistants or deputies. Handing over of the position to under-aged, who is not at the age of discretion, was strictly prohibited. Taking out no book for istinsah (copying and photocopying) or for benefiting from it even against any warrant or pawn was included in the charter, besides, there is a section that contains full list of Atif Efendi Library – donated by him to the waqf- with complete book records.
There is a small hafiz-i kutub room in the entrance of the library, a small gap, a hexagonal reading hall, a book depot opening to this hall; and underneath the building is the repertory. Being comprised of five rooms and two halls, the library has no sufficient space for proper library service providing. Radiator heated 5 rooms have 42, 18, 10,10, and 5 square meter room sizes in the same order; halls, however, 187 and 132 square meters. Its last restoration was complete in 1992; and, the library’s need for another restoration is a reality. Having 2857 book in its establishment, Atif Efendi Library has expanded its collection over time. There are many manuscripts like several authors calligraphy works, several old book copies, nice binders, ornaments and miniature works and signet albums. The collection of Mehmet Zeki Pakalin is among the collection of the library. Having 3,228 manuscripts and 6,358 printed books in old alphabet; the library’s collection is currently comprised of 25,905 books.
suleymaniye.jpg== SÜLEYMANİYE LIBRARY The Süleymaniye Complex, which also houses the library, was built by the chief architect at the royal court, Mimar Sinan for Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, and was completed in 1549-1557. This complex with its health-related elements and library, contributed to the development and progress of science. Süleymaniye Manuscript Library was founded as a modern library in 1918. The Süleymaniye has now five affiliate libraries: Atıf Efendi Library, Hacı Selim Ağa Library, Köprülü Library, Nuruosmaniye Library, and Ragıp Paşa Library. It is one of the richest centers in the field of oriental studies as it contains the largest collection of Islamic manuscripts in the world. The library houses nearly 131,000 works, including manuscripts in Ottoman Turkish, Arabic and Persian, printed materials in Ottoman Turkish and modern Turkish, English, French, German and other languages==
Nazlı Zehra AÇIKGÖZ 10 YDL / 1231
Büşra YELGEÇ 10 YDL / 772

RIFAT ILGAZ LIBRARY This library was opened on 27 May 1979 by Culture and Tourism Ministry. Before 19 March 1993 its name was Bakirkoy district people rifat1.jpglibrary. In 19 March 1993 its name changed to Bakirkoy Rifat Ilgaz Library. There are categories in this library. There are Adult category, children category and also a special category for blind persons. Adult category is for readers who come to read books, studyor read t heir own borifat2.jpgoks. Children category: recommended for aged 0-16. This category is for readers who come to read books, study, borrow books or read their own books. Also, they can watch documentaries or cartoons. It is on the first floor. rifat3.jpgThis library also has got many computers and they are totally free to use for guests. And the most important category of the libraryis for blind persons. You can read books and record it for blind people.So we can say this library makes blind people happier. Berkan Biter 10YDA