New Implementations

On this page, you will find information about how the services provided by the library will continue to be provided with the opening of the new education period within the scope of Covid-19 pandemic measures, restrictions and new applications.

Acceptance to the Library Building

Due to Covid-19, the following applications are implemented in our library building.

  • During the pandemic period, the total seating capacity in the library building is determined to be 350 people. Users who want to use the library are required to reserve the places to work in advance through the Reserve Study Seats reservation system. Due to Covid-19 legal regulations, it is forbidden to spend more than 3 hours in the library. For this reason, only 2 to 3 hours of reservation is available for a day in the reservation system. It is strictly forbidden to use the areas other than the reserved places. People without reservation will not be accepted into the building. In case of empty space in the building, instant space reservation can be made from personal smartphones.
  • It is compulsory to use masks in the library building. Regular checks and warnings for wearing a mask will be made by the library staff. Entrance to the building without a mask will not be allowed.
  • It is compulsory for users to disinfect their hands with the hand sanitizer located at the entrance, while entering the library building.
  • It is the users’ responsibility to comply with the social distances. Make sure you pay attention to the 1.5m social distance. Those who do not pay attention will be warned by the library staff.
  • Tables and chairs with warning strips should not be used and should be left empty. The capacity warnings on the tables must be obeyed and it is strictly forbidden to change the places of the tables and chairs.
  • It is forbidden to sit or study in groups inside the library building. During the pandemic period, the Group Study Rooms will remain closed to prevent the risk of contamination. It is strictly forbidden to sit and work together on tables with limited capacities.
  • Telephone booths on the second floor of the library will be closed during this period due risk of contamination.
  • To reduce contact, the latest issues of daily newspapers, magazines and scientific journals in the Atrium Reading Area have been temporarily removed.
  • Food and beverage vending machines in the building will be closed to use during the pandemic period (except water). Please do not consume food and drink in the Library building (except water).
  • In accordance with the Covid-19 rules, the library works according to the 100% outside air principle. Fly-screen windows on the floors are kept open continuously as long as the climate permits, and they facilitate the ventilation of the environment.
  • Inside the library, cleaning is carried out regularly throughout the day. Desks can be borrowed by reservation during this period. At the end of the reservation, the tables become unavailable for a short period and are cleaned by the cleaning staff.
  • Cleaning of common areas and WCs are carried out continuously and with special disinfectants. Our users are expected to pay attention to hand hygiene for their own health and the health of those around them.
  • Informative posters about the rules and regulations regarding Covid-19 are hung at different points in the library. It is compulsory to pay attention and comply with these rules.

Library Working Hours

As of October 1, 2020, Suna Kıraç Library will be open between 07:30 and 01:30. Working hours may vary according to the changes of the epidemic situation or current decisions by the University administration.

Borrowing and Returning Books

As of October 1, 2020, the use of printed books will be allowed within the framework of the following rules.

  • Shelf use will be temporarily closed due to the risk of contamination. Users who want to borrow books from the printed book collection must submit their requests via the Mediated Book Lending Form.
  • Books that are requested through the form and eligible for lending. Once they are processed into your library account, will be placed inside encrypted lockers in the basement (next to the Post Office). Cabinet number and password information will be sent to you by e-mail. Books that are not taken out of the lockers within 3 days will return to their shelves. It is recommended for users to consider the days that they will be in the campus.
  • Returns will be made through the self-check (self-service) machine located at the entrance floor of the library.
  • Library materials are kept in the quarantine room for 5 days after their return. Materials in quarantine cannot be borrowed.
  • Short-term printed book lending service will not be provided during this period.
  • Our interlibrary borrowing (ILL) service will continue. Whether the requested resources can be send depends on the policies and practices of stakeholder libraries. For your ILL rights, you can check our Document Delivery

Rules for the Use of Technical Equipment in the Library

  • The number of computers and technical equipment in the areas open to users are reduced during this period. For the use of technical equipment, it is necessary to select from the “computer zone” on the Reserve Study Seats system. Technical equipment with a warning strip should not be used and should be left blank.
  • Disinfection is provided by wiping with 70% alcohol the surfaces of computer screens, keyboards, mice, printers, scanners and other devices in areas open to use. They are cleaned regularly at various time intervals during the day. For your own health and safety, please do not forget to disinfect your hands before and after using the library equipment.
  • The lending of ipad, laptop, calculator, headphones, all kinds of converters and other technical equipment that are borrowed from the Reserve Desk are temporarily suspended.

Access to Library Resources

  • You may watch researcher development webinars that will help you use e-books and databases.
  • You may use InKUire on the library website home page to access e-books and journal articles.
  • You may check the library catalog for the library printed resources.
  • You may research databases by name or subject.
  • You may browse e-journals by title or subject
  • Our Subject Librarians have prepared different subject guides for you. You may find subjects in the guides on

Research Support Services

Research support services provide support to KU students, academics and employees in identifying resources for research, using resources, meeting research training needs, scientific publishing, open access, research analytics, management of research data and records. Changes have also been made in these services during the Covid-19 pandemic period.

  • Information Desk at the basement will remain closed until further notice.
  • Face-to-face counselling and research support services are conducted online. Questions on these issues are answered via e-mail or chat during the following working hours.

           Service hours via chat: 09:00 – 17:00

Details of research support services may be found at             https://library.ku.edu.tr/en/research/research-support/

  • If you need support for any research topic or services, you may get remote support by making a research consultation appointment. For an appointment you may fill in the Research Consultation Appointment Form.
  • You may ask for support from our liaison librarians who are experts in subject matters regarding your department or the subjects you are interested in. You may see the list of liaison librarians at https://libguides.ku.edu.tr/liaisons and may send your requests.

Information Literacy and Research Support Training Programs

  • Library information literacy trainings (ACWR) are removed from classroom to online environment. Class-specific trainings will continue as planned together with the lecturers and the planned trainings will be delivered online.
  • Research support webinars will continue to be given by the library during this period. Records of the webinars organized will be published on Library Video Hub. In this way, you will have the opportunity to follow up the trainings that you could not attend.
  • Special training sessions, individually or as a classroom / researcher group, will be held separately if you share your support needs to the library through the training request form.