With the decision taken as of September 5, only “researchers” are allowed to enter the Atatürk Library, which has been serving since 1981 under the IMM in a building with a Bosphorus view in Istanbul Taksim. Students are directed to the nearby Sevgi Soysal Library.
‘Researcher’ debate in Atatürk Library
Atatürk Library, which hosts approximately 900 thousand original works such as maps, postcards, yearbooks, manuscripts and periodicals, started to serve only “researchers” as of September 5th. Responding to the reactions after the decision about the 160-person capacity library, which has been serving in the building located in Taksim for 41 years, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Library and Museums Director Ali Şafak Özdemir said, “There is no question of our readers being deprived of a service. The Sevgi Soysal Library was conceived as a point integrated with the Atatürk Library, with a permanent relationship and an organic bond. There will be no problem in the exchange of publications,” he said.
A SUBJECT WE HAVE WORKED ON FOR 1 YEARS
Şafak Özdemir said, “The issue of transforming the Atatürk Library into a research library is something we have been working on for a year. While we were working on this, we also had to do a few physical transformations. First of all, we moved two units of our directorate to other buildings outside. We also continued our other structural works. At the opening of our Sevgi Soysal Library in Taksim Square, the last step we expected for the transformation of this place was taken. This is an active library since 1981. Although there have been changes in the furniture in these many years, it was our determination that some furniture components have become old and need renewal for a long time.”
“IT IS NOT TRUE INFORMATION PEOPLE CAN’T ENTER HERE”
Özdemir said, “For all of these, there was a need to transform our reader capacity here to another point without making people suffer. We started to host the general users of our library in Sevgi Soysal. It has more capacity than here. The facilities are quite adequate. It is not correct information that the library was closed during this process and that people cannot enter here. For now, this place continues to serve its lesser audience, namely researchers. The reason is the need for renewal,” he said.
“WE WILL HAVE NO PROBLEMS ABOUT PUBLICATION SHOPPING”
Stating that there are more than 10 thousand current books in the Sevgi Soysal Library, where readers are directed, Özdemir said, “If there is a book that a reader cannot find in Sevgi Soysal, we are within the distance to obtain it again from Atatürk Library. It’s not like our readers are deprived of a service. Sevgi Soysal was conceived as a point integrated into the Atatürk Library, with a permanent and organic bond. For this reason, there will be no problem in the exchange of publications,” he said.
“ITS PRESENT POSITION LOOKS LIKE ITS LIVING”
Stating that he has been using the library for many years, researcher Metin Bayrak said, “It was a great opportunity to have a library open 24 hours a day in a city like Istanbul. This place met the needs of especially young people, whether they were preparing for university or our young friends preparing for KPSS. There was a relative amount of traffic, but I personally don’t mind it. Its current state seems as if it has lost its fervor and its vitality. There were some people who came to ask what you are doing and what you are researching. It was a sweet encounter. I cared about that face. This face is also very quiet and calm, but it has to live and these tables need to be filled,” he said.
“WAITING IN LINE WAS DIFFICULT BECAUSE IT WAS HEAVY”
Recai Özcan, who is an academician at a university in Düzce and came to Istanbul to work, said, “I was surprised when I came. It’s very well done and arranged. We can easily find the magazines and newspapers we want. There has been a positive change. This place was good in terms of resources, but because it was a bit more busy, it was a bit of a problem in terms of waiting in line and time.”
Source From: Sozcu