In 1984, in accordance with Article 19, paragraphs (c) and (d) of Law No. 2876, Atatürk Research Center established the “Specialized Library on Atatürk” and the “Atatürk Archive”, the subjects of which are Atatürk, the War of Independence and the History of the Republic.

The Library of Atatürk Research Center contains publications on Atatürk’s life, his works, the period of the War of Independence, the establishment of the Turkish Republic, the events that transpired during the Republican Era, and Atatürk’s Principles and Revolutions. Today, there are approximately 9,000 books, mostly in Turkish, and 2,000 bound journals in the library collection. The books in the collection are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System and periodicals are arranged alphabetically according to the name of the publication. The library of our center also includes theses and audiovisual materials (audio tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc.).

Although the majority of the collection is in Turkish, it shows a great diversity in terms of publication language. In addition to Turkish publications, there are publications in Russian, Kazakh, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Georgian, Greek, Ottoman, Arabic, English, French and German. The collection also includes copies of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s Great Speech (Nutuk), which has been translated into various languages (English, German, French, Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Russian, Persian) as well as the original (Ottoman Turkish) and the copies published in the modern Turkish language.

Working Hours

The library is open from 9:15 to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m. on weekdays and it is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Who Can Benefit from the Library?

The library collection is available to anyone who wishes to benefit from it. Readers outside the institutions specified in the Library Directive are not allowed to borrow materials and can only use the materials in the library. Photocopying facilities are also available for a fee.

Rules for Using the Library

According to the Directive for Utilizing the Atatürk Research Center Library:

  1. One may not enter the library with books, magazines or other materials.
  2. When entering the library, readers must hand over to the library staff their belongings, such as coats and bags except money and valuables
  3. There is no smoking or loud talking in the library.
  4. The library is open to users from 9:15 to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m. except public, national and religious holidays.

Book Lending Rules

  1. Books can be borrowed for a period of 15 days by the staff of the Atatürk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History and its affiliated institutions, as well as experts and assistant experts working in these institutions, and for a maximum of 30 days by the members of the Supreme Council, Board of Directors and Science Committee.
  2. Those who have exceeded the return date of a publication cannot be lent another publication unless they have returned the publication they borrowed from the library.
  3. Encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, unbound and latest issues of periodicals, materials such as albums, pictures, etc. and archival materials may not be lent by any means.
  4. In the event that the library material is lost, torn, or in such a condition that it cannot be used again, the borrower is asked to provide the material within one month. If s/he fails to provide it, s/he shall be made to pay the current price of the material with a 200% add-on, and the money received shall be recorded as income in the budget of Atatürk Research Center.