Central Library of the Turkish National Defence University has served as the “Directorate of Library and Museum” under the Turkish War Colleges Command since 1975 in its current building via the method of closed storage.
The Audio-Visual Division was established in 1989; the catalogue information was transferred into a library program in order to provide automation in 1990 and microfilm system was established in 1991.
A switch from closed shelf system to open shelf system was made in 1993; the online search system was provided in 1995. The library began to use a library program prepared according to the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules-2 in 1997.
An “Electronic Library” system was created in order to support the education in 2001. The name “Directorate of Library and Museum” was changed as “Information Centre” in 2003 and RFID system was launched in 2014.
With the establishment of Turkish National Defence University in 2016, Military Academies, NCO Vocational HE Schools, Colleges and Institutes, which were within the structure of the Turkish Armed Forces, were gathered under the umbrella of newly established Turkish National Defence University. Within this context, “Information Centre” continues to serve as “Central Library” of the Turkish National Defence University. In addition to this Central Library, there are six other libraries providing service as unit libraries of the University.
Central Library supports the education activities of the Turkish National Defence University and provide service in its 4212 square meter building which has a seating capacity of 110 people, 227.000 books, CD’s, DVD’s, video cassettes and a map collection of 675.000 pieces. The need of users for the digital information is met by electronic publications subscribed via ULAKBİM and by e-books and e-periodical subscriptions whose numbers are increased every year.
Our library services the traditional library activities, databases, electronic library, and documentation activities via current technologies as “information” to its users.