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Borrowing & Finding Materials

Books and e-books

  • How do I renew a book?

    You can renew books charged to your account electronically, via My Account.

  • How do I search the e-books?

    All of our e-books are accessible via the Library’s federated search engine, inKUire, which is available to search from the Library’s homepage. Many of our e-books are stored in the InKuire. The Library also subscribes to a number of electronic reference resources such as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

  • Can I print, save and/or e-mail content from e-books?

    It depends on the e-book, however many of the e-books do over printing, saving and e-mailing functionality. You can always ask a reference librarian at the information desk to explain the functionality of a given e-book or e-book database.

  • How many books can I borrow at the same time?

    Please see our Borrowing page for full details.

Overdue Fines

  • Why does the Library impose overdue fines?

    Daily fines are charged for overdue items in order to secure their prompt return and renewal. They are implemented in order to be sure that the Library’s resources are available to the entire KU community.

  • What are the Library’s fines for overdue items?

    Fines for 2012-2013 are as follows. Please note that an item becomes overdue at 12:01 am of the day after the due date.

    • General Collection Materials: 1.25 TL per day per book/volume
    • Recalled Materials: 2.50 TL per day per book/volume
    • Reserve & A-V Collection Materials: 2.50 TL per hour/item
    • Team Study Rooms: 2.50 TL per hour
    • Replacement Fee for lost materials: 32.50 TL per item (this is a processing fee levied in addition to the replacement value of the item).
    • Fines for technological devices, i.e. iPads, laptops, vary. Please see our Technology Lendingpage for full details.
  • What if I cannot return an item by its due date?

    It is up to the patron to take steps to be certain that items are returned to the library by their due date. The due date is printed out on a receipt issued by self-check machines, and is listed in My Account at all times.
    Once an item is overdue, an automatic stop is placed on a patron’s Library account as well as on access to KUAIS, prohibiting further borrowing until the book is returned and the fine is paid. Failure to return Library materials within 15 days after the due date will result in the user being charged the current market value of the item as well as a 32.50 TL replacement fee, in addition to any overdue fines already incurred.

  • What if I cannot return a book that has been recalled by another user within 72 hours?

    The overdue fine for books that have been recalled is 2.50 TL per day.

  • What can I do if I lose an item I borrowed from the Library?

    It is your responsibility to promptly notify the Library if you lose or damage any Library materials. Any loss or damage must be reported by e-mail to or by telephone at 0-212-338-1316. You will be charged the market value of the item, the 32.50 TL replacement fee, plus any overdue fines already incurred.
    The HS Library patrons may sent e-mail to or by telephone at 0-212-311 26 23. 

  • How or where can I pay my fine?

    Students and external members must deposit moneys owed in payment of fines, replacement charges for damaged/lost materials, and deposits and fees related to memberships at Yapı Kredi or in the Library with their Smart Cards. If paid at Yapı Kredi, they must bring bank receipts for such payments to the Library to have their accounts cleared. Faculty and staff may have the fines deducted from their salaries by signing vouchers at the Information Desk on the Basement Floor.

Journal Articles

  • How can I get access to journal articles?

    By far the bulk of the Library’s journal articles holdings are held by electronic subscription. The Library offers a number of tools by which to access these electronic journals. Journal articles can be reached via our federated search engine, inKUire or via subject-specific journal databases. If you know the title of the journal from which you need an article, the e-journals tab on the Library homepage will be of use to you.

    The library does hold a number of print subscriptions. Current issues of these journals are held in the Atrium on the Ground Floor. Once they are no longer current, journal issues are bound, assigned a Library of Congress call number, and arranged on the shelf like any other book. Articles from current issues of journals can be photocopied in the library. Once bound, journals can be checked out like any other book.

  • Can I get access to journal articles not subscribed to by KU Libraries?

    Sometimes. If the Library does not hold the articles you need, you can take advantage of the Article Request Service. Through this service, the library provides articles from other library and information centers, principally those within Istanbul and elsewhere in Turkey. This service is available to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and administrative personnel. For more information and to access the online article request form, see our Article Requestpage.

    Members of the Koç community have the following article request privileges:

    • Students (undergraduate and graduate): 5 article requests at a time
    • Faculty: 10 article requests at a time
    • Administrative personnel: 10 articles requests at a time

    Please note that external members and retired faculty and staff are not able to make article requests.

  • How can I find articles relevant to my research topic?

    The place to start is with our federated search engine, InKUire, which you can find on the library homepage. InKUire searches all of the Library’s databases and collections, and has options to search beyond KU’s own collection as well. Use keywords that best describe your topic. For example, if you are conducting research on the topic of freedom of speech in Turkey during the election of 1999, type in Freedom and Speech and Turkey and Election 1999. InKUire will bring up articles related to these keywords.

    If you are having trouble getting good results in InKUire, you might want to move on to one of our more subject-specific databases.

InKUire and Online Databases

  • What is InKUire?

    InKUire is the Library’s federated search engine. This means that when a search is performed using the InKUire interface, all of the library’s electronic resources are searched, including the content of all of the databases to which the library subscribes. InKUire is a search tool, and does not contain any of its own content.

  • What is a database?

    A database is a kind of electronic container, principally for electronic journals, but can contain any kind of electronic content (e-books, for instance). Databases hold materials that are oriented around a theme, which can be very broad (the Academic Search Complete database) or more narrow (LexisNexis, for instance, which focuses on legal content). A database has its own search facilities, so if a search in InKUire is not proving productive, driving down to a specific database can be a useful supplemental strategy.

  • What is the difference between InKUire, a database, an e-journal and an e-book?

    InKUire is essentially a search engine, which can be used to search across multiple, disparate electronic resources all at once. A database is a kind of a container for electronic resources, including e-journals and e-books, which features its own search functionality. An e-journal is a periodical published at routine intervals, in electronic format (rather than, or as well as, in print format). An e-book is simply a book in electronic format.

  • Can I access inKUire and the Library’s electronic resources from my office, dorm room or home?

    All online databases can be accessed from computers located anywhere on the campus. The Library has site license agreements with its online database providers that enable the Library’s users to access them.

    Online catalog and full-text level access to electronic resources are reachable off campus to Koç University students, faculty and staff. When you would like to access the full text of a particular item, you will need to fill in a simple authentication screen.

  • What is a full-text article?

    If you see a “Full Text” link below a bibliographic record, this means that you can retrieve the text of the whole article. If an article is not available full-text, only its bibliographic information will be available to you, sometimes including that item’s abstract. If you don’t have Full Text access to an item you need, you can try retrieving it via our article request service, accessible to both students and faculty.

  • From which online databases can I print, save or e-mail articles?

    Many of our online databases have facilities with which you can print, save or e-mail the content that they hold. If you are not sure if you can print, save or e-mail an item that you have found in a database, get in touch with a librarian.

  • Should I use a Koç University e-mail address to send articles?

    It does not matter which e-mail address you use, any address will work. Please note that, regardless of the e-mail address you use, due to license agreements, resources held by the Library must not be shared with other users. Please do not electronically forward any item you have retrieved digitally from the Library.

Newspapers, Magazines and Audiovisual Materials

  • Where can I find daily newspapers, current magazines and journals and/or audiovisual materials?

    Daily newspapers and current issues of magazines and journals are kept in the Periodicals Reading Room (the Atrium) on the Ground Floor. Once no longer current, periodicals are bound and catalogued, then placed on shelves throughout the library according to their Library of Congress classification numbers.

    Audiovisual materials are principally kept on the Basement Floor.

    You can refer to the Building Planpage to see floor plans of the library showing the locations of different collections, facilities and services.

    The HS Library patrons may also find daily newspappers and current issues of magazines and journals that are kept in their Library.

  • Where can I view videocassettes, audiocassettes, CD-ROMs or DVDs?

    A-V equipment is installed at study carrels located on the Basement Floor, First and Second Floors. The Library has separate rooms on the first and second floors for group viewings of videos or DVDs. These rooms should be reserved in advance for your group studies. 
    The HS Library patrons can be use on the their Library’s computer and TV’s.

  • Can I borrow videocassettes?

    Students may view videos in the Library only. Students can take out videos for a period of four hours, without renewal. Faculty members are allowed to borrow videocassettes for two weeks.

  • How long does the Library keep newspapers?

    Newspapers are kept for one month and then disposed of.

  • How many DVDs can I take out at the same time? For how long? Can I renew?

    There are different loan periods for instructors, staff and students. Please see our Borrowingpage for full details.

Special Collections

  • How can I use the KU archives?

    The materials kept in the archives cannot be borrowed. If you are interested in using materials from the archives, please get in touch with Digital Resources Librarian, the librarian responsible for the archives, at

  • How can I use the books from the Rare Books Collection?

    The Rare Books Collection is located on the First Floor. Access to the Rare Books Collection is limited to 9:00 am through 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. An appointment is required to view the Rare Books, which can be arranged by calling the Information Desk, at ext. 1317.

  • How can I use the slide collection?

    The slide collection is stored in Ground Floor. Two slide projectors are available in study carrels on the east side of the room. Reference librarians will help you with using this collection; please drop by the Information Desk, or call ext. 1317.