Issue: 2023 - 4

Nature began to blossom with the arrival of spring so as the Library events! Hard work of organizations in winter started to give its rewards; the Library hosted the 44th MELCOm International (Middle East Libraries Committee) Conference in April 25-27th, at the Koç University AKMED Library in Antalya. In total 67 attendees from different institutions and countries attended and 25 presentations were held. Library and archives related topics in Middle Eastern studies were discussed at great extend with the experts in the field. Koç University Libraries’ continue to portray its accomplishments and expands its network in the international arena. Meanwhile this month, the Library expands its services in alliance with the UN SDG Goals, enrich its database resources and invites everyone to its events!

We would also like to celebrate everyone’s, May 1st, 'International Worker's Day'. In respect for May 19th, the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth & Sports Day, we commemorate Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his brothers in arms who landed in Samsun to start National War of Independence on May 19th 1919.

Book Swap

Suna Kıraç Library adopts UN Sustainability Development Goals, and also develops and updates its services in this context. In April 2023, to support equal and quality education also to draw attention to consumption habits, and create a more sustainable and green future, SKL started Book Swap. Although Book Swap is not a new activity for SKL, it will continue to be developed and offered in different concepts.

SKL’s New 3 Trial Databases

The Library offers trial access to evaluate new e-resources and find out if they are suitable or not for your research needs. This trial accesses provide an opportunity for you to experience these resources, which can support your research needs.

We started three trial access for the following prestigious and comprehensive EBSCOHost databases until 1 June 2023.

  • Engineering Source
  • MEDLINE Ultimate
  • Scientific & Medical ART Imagebase
You can see the list of e-resources in the trial period on the Atoz Databases page.

For questions about the e-resources, you can always contact us at

44th MELCom International Conference

MELCom is the acronym of the Middle East Libraries Committee. It was founded in the UK in the second half of the 1960s. In order to «unite forces» so to speak, an official report recommended the creation of inter-university library committees to work in coordination in order to cover the needs of both scholars and students specialized in Middle Eastern studies. MELCom International (Middle East Libraries Committee) 44th Annual Conference was organized by Koç University, Suna Kıraç Library.

Conference took place from Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th of April 2023 at the Koç University AKMED Library in Antalya, Turkey. In total 67 attendees from different institutions and countries attended. A total of 25 presentations on librarianship, collection development, and acquisition policies, cataloging policies and practices, catalogs and bibliographies, electronic resources and digitization projects, digital humanities & Middle Eastern collections, and any other aspects within related fields of Middle Eastern librarianship. were made both by conference participants and our sponsors. It was an unforgettable experience for SKL Local Organizing Committee, and we are so glad to learn from each other as professionals and to create friendship bonds.

Libraries’ New Treasures Series: Byzantine Studies in Post-Republican Turkey

The new theme of the Koç University Libraries’ Treasure Series will be launched in early May! The new theme entitled “Byzantine Studies in Post-Republican Turkey” will extend over four months and will focus on archaeological excavations on Byzantium in Turkey, restoration, history, architectural studies, and Byzantine education given at universities in Turkey. On this historical journey, you will have the opportunity to explore the books, archive materials, and printed collections in Koç University Libraries.

Are you ready to discover the works on Byzantium in Turkey after the Republic and the Byzantine heritage of Turkey in the monthly talk series, podcasts, and digital exhibitions we will prepare within the scope of the theme?

Suna Kıraç Library Mindfulness Events - Mandala Art

If you want to relax your body and mind, and rest your soul with mandala art and music, we invite you to our event that will take place in May!

Date & Time & Place: 24th of May 2023, between 12:00 - 13:00, SKL First Floor Meeting Room

Click here for registration.

*All events will be held in Turkish.
*Participants can bring their own mandala books and coloring pencils.

SKL Book Club Talks

May’s book is Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. It is a story of a man name Jean-Baptiste Grenouille who was living eighteenth-century France is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. But this gift and his greatest passion—his sense of smell brings him end and turned him a murderer.

If you are a fan of Patrick Süskind, join us at SKL First Floor Meeting Room or via zoom on May 25 at 12:30.

Moderator: Selim Cebe

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Suna Kıraç Library’s Drama Readings with Dr. Mehmet Zeki Giritli!

Hayal kırıklığına uğramak bir şeydir ve cesaretini kırmak başka bir şeydir. Hayal kırıklığına uğradım ama cesaretim kırılmadı…

Suna Kıraç Library's Drama Readings with Dr. Mehmet Zeki Giritli will continue with Tennessee Williams “Sırça Kümes”. We welcome all theater lovers and art lovers to our event…

Date & Time & Place: 31st of May 2023, between 12:00 - 13:00, SKL First Floor Meeting Room

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SKL Podcast

At the Suna Kıraç Library "İstanbul'u Dinliyorum" Podcast, this month we hosted Emre Çelik in a discussion entitled "Osmanlı İstanbul'unun Ecnebi Misafirleri: Turistler (1863-1914)". In this episode, we focused on, tourism activities in İstanbul, purpose of travel, tourists who came to Istanbul in the last years of the empire.

We talked about travel agencies established to serve tourists, a wide service network consisting of companies, translators and hotels, the places a tourist visiting in Istanbul, the problems which tourist faced in İstanbul, and how the state controls the increasing tourism activities and tourists.

If you want to learn more about the package tours to Istanbul in the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the experiences of tourists in İstanbul in the 19th century, you can listen to our podcast and access our other podcast episodes from the Suna Kıraç Library Spotify Account and Apple Podcast.

ANAMED Library Podcast

Sinematek/Sinema Evi Library

ANAMED Library Podcast: Burada Konuşmak Serbest April's guest was Safiye Türker, Director of the Sinematek/Sinema Evi Library. We talked with Safiye Türker about her career journey, the concept of the cinematheque, the cinematheques in the world and the Sinematek/Sinema Evi Library. We hope you enjoy listening to this broadcast, which will attract the attention of everyone who is interested in art and cinema and wants to reach books on these subjects!

Safiye Türker’s advices:

Movie: Alain Resnais - Toute la Mémoire du Monde Frederick Wiseman - Ex Libris – The New York Public Library

Book: Johann Hari - Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention

İrem Ünal’s advice: Agota Kristof - The Notebook - The Proof - The Third Lie

You can listen to this Podcast on Spotify.

ANAMED Library Talk

ANAMED Library Talks continued May 2 with Levent Cantek and Mustafa Ergül. Humor magazines have been the best-selling publications of the country in almost every period, their easy to understand, funny, striking visuals, impressive fantasies and erotic styles can be shown as the main factors for this.

Politically they have to appeal to majority values, otherwise they cannot be sold and they become a marginal publication, or they are censored, banned and blocked. Their nationalist, secular and modernist stances, religious criticism, and opposition to communism, anti-semitic and racist aggression, and male-dominated languages are important features.

Humor magazines are a fertile source in terms of showing what we loved, laughed at, and who-how we made enemies throughout the history of the republic. The event held online and was in Turkish. Mustafa Ergül was the moderator of the event.


Every 22 April is celebrated as "Earth Day" to draw attention to climate actions and sustainability. This year Earth Day posts were tagged with the hashtag #InvestInOurPlanet. To celebrate and support this meaningful day, SKL designed a visual and shared it on our social media accounts.

Remember it is not just a day, it is a movement.


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