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 to provide automation in 1990 and the microfilm system was established in 1991.
The online search system was provided in 1995. The library began to use a library automation program in 1997.
An “Electronic Library” system was created to support education in 2001. The name “Directorate of Library and Museum” was changed to “Information Centre” in 2003 and the RFID system was launched in 2014.
With the establishment of the 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 the newly established Turkish National Defence University. Within this context, the “Information Centre” continues to serve as the “Central Library” of the Turkish National Defence University.
Central Library moved into its building within the Rectorate Campus on 7 March 2022. Central Library supports the educational activities of the Turkish National Defence University and provides service in its 22.000 square meter building which has a seating capacity of 500 people, 255.000 books, CDs, DVDs, video cassettes and a map collection of 675.000 pieces.
In addition to this Central Library, there are 12 other libraries providing services as unit libraries of the University.
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 increases every year.
Central Library meets the information needs of its users via traditional library and database services, in addition to the Electronic Library created by the Turkish National Defence University.