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Turkish Studies Collection

Collection Details

Turkish Studies Collection held at University of Durham Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

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 of Collection

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

c.2500 volumes

Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has fallen.

Annual intake

c.50 volumes a year, mostly historical and political works in English

Content date range

0 to 0 AD

Interlibrary loan procedure

Durham lends its Asian Studies material on the same basis as other material.

Collection Catalogue Information


Only 40% or so of the Turkish Studies material appears in the OPAC. The rest is recorded in the library's manual catalogues - the Oriental Draft catalogue for material received up to 1975 and the Author catalogue, closed in 1990. These are available on Level 2 of the Main Library.

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