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The rare book preserves, organizes, and services many of the most valuable, scarce, or most important materials in the Library’s collections. Because of concentrated attention paid to collections by librarians and donors, they are able to support in-depth research, especially in the fields of Turkish History, Civilization, Religion and Literature.  Collections have originally written with different languages; Ottoman Turkish, Turkish, English, French, Latin, Arabic and Persian. General subject boundaries are; 19th and 20th-century Turkish literature, old Istanbul books which were written by voyagers, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and their foreign affairs, Turkish revoluation and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

A selector may choose to put a book in special collections if it meets one or more of the following criteria: Turkish books published before 1929, pamphlets and fragile books of significant value, materials containing expensive loose plates, other materials requiring non-standard storage facilities such as photographs, maps etc., books from notable or small presses, significant illustrated books, fine bindings, limited editions (250 copies or less), significant first editions, autographed copies, signed presentation copies and all manuscripts.

 

 
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