Atif Efendi Library Istanbul
The library is one of most beautiful examples of the Turkic Baroque style reflecting
Books were not allowed be used for ‘istinsah’ (copying or photocopying) and could not be benefitted from or be pawned. The library has a section containing the full list of works that was donated by Atıf Efendi and is comprised of five rooms and two halls but is unable to offer full library services due to insufficient space; the five rooms are heated by radiators and measure 42, 18, 10, 10 and 5 square metres and the halls are 187 and 132 square meters. There is a small “Hafiz-i kutub” room near the entrance, a hexagonal reading hall and underneath the building is a repertory.
The last restoration work to be completed was in 1992 but the library requires further works to be carried out, its collections include many manuscripts, several authors’ calligraphy works, several copies of old books, nice binders, ornaments, miniature works and signet albums.
Mehmet Zeki Pakalin’s collection is also here and includes 3,228 manuscripts and 6,358 printed books in the old Ottoman alphabet. The library today has a total of 25,905 works and it employs one library chief, one librarian (a graduate from the Library Department of the Literature Faculty of Istanbul University), two security guards and a total of five technical personnel. Although it is affiliated with the Süleymaniye Library, digitalisation of manuscripts has not yet begun.
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