Libraries in North Cyprus

The National Library in Lefkosa is one of the main libraries in North Cyprus to provide new sources for the teachers, students and readers. A special library for the blinds has recently been established within it as well. There are also seven branch libraries within our seven main towns. The Municipalities are also improving the library facilities within their boundaries. The recently established Universities within this decade provide specialized libraries that are open for all researchers and readers in North Cyprus by special permission. Particularly the library of Eastern Mediterranean University in Gazi Magosa is the largest library in North Cyprus the sources of which are in Turkish and English with 70,000 volume of books and 600 periodical titles, the catalogue of which can be reached through the internet. The National Archive located in Girne and the archive of the Cyprus Turkish Vakif Administration houses several documents which are valuable sources for the political and cultural history of Cyprus. The National Archive has a rich source of Cyprus Newspapers also.

The state kept herself responsible to encourage and support the publications although only five or six books are published by the Ministry of Education and Culture every year. Most authors seek opportunities to have their works published abroad while recently, private enterprises also started to contribute to the publications.