BEYAZIT COMMONWEALTH LIBRAYBeyazit 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 books campus with the heritage of numerous work of literature and art and science. The librarary consists of two buildings overlooking Beyazit Square and any body trying to reach knowledge serves those who do research in these fields.

The Suleymaniye Complex, which also houses the library, was built by the chief architect at the royal court, Mimar Sinan for Sultan Suleyman 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.

Koprulu library
Koprulu library was commissioned by Ottoman Grand Vizier Koprulu 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.
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Atıf Efendi Library
Completed 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.



This library was opened on 27 May 1979 by Culture and Tourism Ministry. Before 19 March 1993 its name was Bakirkoy district people library. In 19 March 1993 its name changed to Bakirkoy Rifat Ilgaz Library. There are categories in this library.

These 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 bo oks.

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. This library also has got many computers and they are totally free to use for guests.

And the most important category of the library is for blind persons. You can read books and record it for blind people. So we can say this library makes blind people happier.

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