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Open 24 hours a day, this modernist library houses an archive of Istanbul’s history since Ottoman times.
A bronze bust of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk atop a podium welcomes visitors at the entrance of Atatürk Library. Located within walking distance of Istanbul Technical University’s Gümüşsuyu campus and Taksim Square, the library is open 24 hours a day. Entrance is free : all you need is a valid ID. « The regulars wanted it to be open all night, so we hired more staff », says Ramazan Minder, the library director, seated behind a desk stacked with art books. « Now other public libraries in Istanbul are considering doing the same because it’s been a real success. » Atatürk was built in 1973 on Gazhane Bostanı Street.
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