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 Do you like to visit libraries, to feel their tranquil and peaceful ambience while reading or researching? Besides state and municipality libraries, most of the universities, museums, embassies and consulates offer their facilities to you.

Here is an alphabetical list of well-known and rich libraries in Istanbul

Amerikan Kütüphanesi (American Library)
Open on weekdays from 10.00 to 16.00. Appointments should be made one or two days before visiting.
Mesrutiyet Caddesi 108, Tepebasi
Tel: (212) 251 26 75, Fax: (212) 252 79 86

Arkeoloji Müzesi Kütüphanesi (Archeological Museum's Library)
This is the private library of the museum and they do their best not to refuse visitors, Monday to Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Osman Hamdi Bey Yokuşu, Sultanahmet
Tel: (212) 520 77 40

Atatürk Kütüphanesi (Atatürk Library)
This is the largest library in town and is as famous with Istanbul and Children's library. You have the chance to find all sorts of newspapers, magazines etc. It is open to the public, from Monday to Saturday 08.30 - 17.30
Mete Caddesi 45 Taksim, Istanbul
Tel: (212) 249 38 19, Fax: (212) 251 79 72

Beyazşt Devlet Kütüphanesi (Beyazit State Library)
Foreigners are allowed in only with private permission. This permission can be obtained by writing and asking for permission from: "Kültür Bakanlığı, Kütüphaneler Genel Müdürlügü, Necatibey Caddesi 55, Sihhiye, Ankara. Open Monday to Saturday 08.30 - 17.00
Imaret Sokak 18-20, Beyazit
Tel: (212) 522 31 67, Fax: (212) 526 11 33

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Kütüphanesi (Bogaziçi University Library)
Membership is necessary in order to benefit from the library. From Monday to Friday (during the academic year) 09.00 - 22.15. Sundays (during the academic year) 14.00 - 22.15
Rumeli Hisarüstü
Tel: (212) 263 15 00, Fax: (212) 257 50 16

Fransiz Kütüphanesi (French Library)
Open to the public from Monday to Friday 10.00 - 13.00/14.00 -18.00 Saturdays 10.00 - 12.30
Istiklal Caddesi 8, Taksim
Tel: (212) 252 02 62, Fax: (212) 249 48 95

Goethe EnstitüsüKütüphanesi (Goethe-Instiut´s Library)
Open to the public. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from 13.00 to 19.00, Thursdays and Fridays from 13.00 to 18.00 and Saturdays from 12.00 to 17.00
Yeni Çarşş Caddesi 52, Beyoğlu
Tel: (212) 249 20 09, Fax: (212) 252 52 14

Istanbul (Çelik Gülersoy) Kütüphanesi (Istanbul -Çelik Gülersoy- Library)
One of the most important libraries full of information on Istanbul and open to the public. Open only on Mondays and Fridays form 10.00 - 16.30
Soğukçeşme Sokak, Sultanahmet
Tel: (212) 512 57 30, Fax: (212) 513 36 69

Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi Kütüphanesi (Istanbul Technical University Library)
The library has the largest collection in all of Istanbul on technical subjects. Open on weekdays from 09.00 to 22.00, Sundays from 12.00 to 19.00, closed on Saturdays.
Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, Maslak
Tel: (212) 285 66 23

Istanbul Üniversitesi Merkez Kütüphanesi (Istanbul University Library)
This library is open to only teachers and students.
Istanbul Üniversitesi, Beyazit
Tel: (212) 511 12 19

Istanbul Üniversitesi Tşp Fakültesi Kütüphanesi (Istanbul University, Medicine Faculty Library)
The largest medical library in town. Open on weekdays from 08.30 to 16.10, closed on weekends.
Çapa Tip Fakültesi, Çapa
Tel: (212) 631 13 55

Kadşn Eserleri Kütüphanesi (The Women's Library)
The first and unique Women's Library and Information Center in Turkey, open since April 1990, is located in an 18th century Ottoman building near the Golden Horn allocated by the Municipality of Greater Istanbul. Open on weekdays from 10.30 to 18.30, closed on weekends but they may open on demand.
Fener Mahallesi, Haliç
Tel: (212) 534 95 50, Fax: (212) 523 74 08

Koç Üniversitesi Kütüphanesi (Koç University Library)
Membership is needed in order to benefit from this library. Open on weekdays from 09.00-22.00, on weekends 09.00-18.00
Koç Üniversitesi, Istinye
Tel: (212) 229 30 06

Marmara Üniversitesi, Avrupa Topluluğu Enstitüsü Kütüphanesi (Marmara Üniversity, European Community Institute Library)
One of the largest thematic libraries in the city devoted to European Studies. "European Documentation Center" forms an important part of this library. Open on weekdays from 08.30 to 12.00 and from 13.00 to 17.00
Marmara Üniversitesi, Göztepe Kampüsü
Ziverbey Caddesi, Göztepe
Tel: (216) 338 41 96

Süleymaniye Kütüphanesi (Süleymaniye Library)
A State library composed mostly of hand written works. Use of this library is subject to special permission. This permission can be obtained by writing to:
"Kültür Bakanlığı, Kütüphaneler Genel Müdürlüğü
Necatibey Caddesi 55, Sşhhiye, Ankara".
Open every day except Sundays from 09.30 to 18.30
Ayşekadşn Hamamş Sokak 35, Beyazşt
Tel: (212) 520 64 60, Fax: (212) 520 64 62

Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi Kütüphanesi (Yıldız Technical University Library)
One of the most important technical libraries. Open on weekdays from 08.30 to 17.00 closed on Sundays on Mondays.
Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi, Balmumcu
Tel: (212) 259 70 70

Topkapş Sarayş Kütüphanesi (Topkapi Palace Library)
Open only in the summer. Special permission is required to enter, contains a large collection of hand-written books. Permission can be obtained by writing to:
"Kültür Bakanlığı, Anştlar ve Müzeler Genel Müdürlüğü
Ulus, Ankara"
Open 09:15-16:30 Closed on Tuesday
Tel: (212) 512 04 80

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