The David H. French Library

Named in honour of the Insitute’s director from 1968 to 1994, the BIAA David H. French library houses more than 65,000 volumes, including books, theses, maps, journals and audio-visual material. It is recognised as the foremost library in its field in Ankara, and one of the best in Türkiye.

Registration and access

It is necessary to register in order to visit and use the the BIAA David H. French Library. To register either as a BIAA Member or a Student Library Pass Holder, please bring with you proof of identity (e.g. passport or national identity card) and academic status (e.g., student card, university staff card or academic reference). If proof of academic status is not available, contact the Resource Manager in advance of your visit. Following registration, all users must present their library card in order to enter the premises. The BIAA David H. French Library is a non-lending library, and resources can be consulted in the library reading room only.

BIAA membership includes full access to the David H. French Library and is open to all. Click here to become a BIAA member or renew your membership.

Students at all education levels (BA, MA, PhD) attending universities in Türkiye can benefit from a discounted limited-access library pass. Limited-access library pass holders can use the library during the days and times listed below.

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Opening hours

MONDAY 09:00-17:30 CLOSED
TUESDAY 09:00-17:30 09:00-17:30
WEDNESDAY 09:00-17:30 09:00-17:30
THURSDAY 09:00-17:30 09:00-17:30
FRIDAY 09:00-17:30 09:00-17:30
SATURDAY 10:00-18:30 10:00-18:30


Due to the Sacrifice Holiday, the Institute will be closed from Saturday 15/06/2024 till Monday 24/06/2024.

Enstitümüz Kurban Bayramı nedeniyle 15/06/2024 Cumartesi gününden 24/06/2024 Pazartesi gününe kadar kapalı olacaktır.


Summer Period Arrangements / Yaz Dönemi Programı

The Summer Closure of the library will extend from Monday 24/06/2024 to Monday 16/09/2024. During this period, access to the library is restricted to full members on the weekdays 09:00 – 17:30. The library will re-open on Monday 16/09/2024.


Kütüphanemiz Yaz Dönemi boyunca 24/06/2024 Pazartesi gününden itibaren 16/09/2024 Pazartesi gününe kadar kapalı olacaktır. Bu süre içinde, kütüphanemiz hafta içi 09:00-17:30 arası sadece tam üyelerin kullanımına açık olacaktır. Yeniden açılış tarihi 16/09/2024 Pazartesi günüdür.


The BIAA David H. French Library opened for all members. Reservations are not required.

Library opening hours are as above. For a list of our recent acquisitions in the fields of archaeology and related disciplines, history, politics and social sciences, and cultural heritage management, click here.

All new and existing holdings at the BIAA David H. French library can be consulted via our new catalogue at the following address:


Kütüphanemiz rezervasyon yapmaya gerek olmadan üyelerin kullanımına açılmıştır.

Kütüphanenin kullanım saatleri yukarıdaki gibi olacaktır. Arkeoloji ve ilgili disiplinler, tarih, siyaset bilimi ve sosyal bilimler, ayrıca kültürel miras yönetimi alanlarındaki son alımlarımızın bir listesi için buraya tıklayınız.

BIAA David H. French kütüphanesindeki tüm mevcut ve yeni kaynaklara aşağıdaki adresten yeni kataloğumuz aracılığıyla ulaşılabilir:

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Archaeological books and journals

The library houses a large collection of works on archaeology and associated subjects in Türkiye and the Black Sea, including a broad range of monographs and an exceptional collection of periodicals which cover all archaeological and historical periods. The library also has a growing number of publications on Cultural Heritage Management, a field in which the BIAA has been increasingly active. 

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Ottoman and Islamic collections

Following a designated grant from the British Academy in 2007, the Institute now houses a specialist collection on the Ottoman and Islamic worlds. The collection comprises historical, architectural, political and archival texts pertaining to the Ottoman and Islamic worlds and their influence in Anatolia and beyond, and includes volumes in English, Turkish, and many other languages.  

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Contemporary Türkiye collection

The Institute holds a significant collection of mostly English-language academic books on contemporary Türkiye, many of which are not available at other libraries in Ankara. 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. 


Physical collections

For access to collections other than books, pamphlets, and journals (including the pottery, bones, squeezes, and photographic archives), researchers should write to the Resource Manager at least two weeks before the date they intend to visit. Further information about the BIAA’s physical collections and digitised materials are available on the Digital Repository page and catalogue.