Biaa Library

Archaeological books and journals

The Institute building houses the largest archaeological (and associated subjects) library in Ankara. There are currently approximately 42,000 volumes consisting of a broad range of monographs and an exceptional collection of periodicals which cover all archaeological and historical periods. The library also contains a large number of general history, art history, architecture and anthropological books. The Institute library has subscriptions to JSTOR, Dyabola and the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) and some other e-journals.

Ottoman and Islamic collections

With a special grant from the British Academy in 2007, the BIAA now houses a specialist library and reading room for research into the Ottoman and Islamic worlds, including volumes in English, Turkish, and many other languages. The texts include historical, architectural, political and archival texts pertaining to the Ottoman and Islamic worlds and their influence in Anatolia and beyond. Most items in these collections are to be found under class mark H2n (see classification system on the right side of the page)

Contemporary Turkey Collection

The institute holds a significant and continuously updated collection of academic books, written predominantly in English, on contemporary Turkey. All major disciplinary fields in the Humanities and the Social Sciences are represented, including Political Science, International Relations, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Sociology and Contemporary History. The collection is enriched by a growing number of original works in Turkish. Order processing for international publications is fast, making the BIAA library a significant resource in Ankara for keeping up-to-date with recently published academic literature on contemporary Turkey. Most items in these collections are to be found under class mark H2p (see classification system on the right side of the page)

Map collections

The library collections also include a large number of maps of different types; geographical, geological, administrative, historical and others. The institute also now has licences for the use of professional GIS computer applications.


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** Search part of words or roots of words e.g. Turk (will return Turkey, Turkish, Turkic, Turkmen, Turkmenistan, etc)