Monographs: around 5000 items, with roughly equal numbers of Turkish and Western language items. The collection attempts to cover the whole range of the humanities and social sciences, though very little material in Turkish has been added in recent years. Periodicals: Holdings are limited, with 19 periodicals held, of which 10 are current. Newspapers: Cumhuriyet is received on a daily basis and a back set to 1942 is held on microfilm. Microfilm of Milliyet for 1970-1986 is also held. Theses: 13 Durham doctoral and M.A. theses are available for consultation
History and development
Same as general holdings
The major strength of the collection is in modern Turkish literature, (particularly from the 1960s to the 1980s), with around 1000 items of post-1908 literature, very little of which is catalogued online. There are substantial Turkish and English-language holdings on the politics and economics of modern Turkey and around 1500 works on Turkish history and international relations. A particular strength of our historical coverage is c. 230 items on the period 1908-1922 and the life and career of Kemal Ataturk (80 items)
General arrangement and access regulations
Durham University Library's Turkish Studies collections are available on open access in the Main Library, apart from a small amount of material in store. They are held in the Library's Oriental sequences on Level 1 of the building. Within the monograph sequence, the collection is classified by subject using the Library of congress classification scheme. There are separate Reference and Periodical sequences, also shelved on Level 1. The collection is not subdivided by language, materials in all languages being shelved together.
Subjects of the Collection
Regions of Asia
Near & Middle East and North Africa.
Languages of material
English, French, German, Russian, Turkish, Turkish, Ottoman (1500-1928).
Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, Communication and media, Development, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Human rights, Industries, International relations, Language, Law, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Politics and government, Recreation, Religion, Sociology, Travel, Women.
Names relevant to the collection:Ataturk, Kemal, 1881-1938
Collection Material and Size
Total size of collection
5000 volumes, 19 periodicals, 2 newspaper runs on microfilm
Size of collection - vernacular
c.2500 volumes in Turkish, c.100 volumes in Ottoman Turkish
Size of collection - western