Library and Information Center

The Turgut Cansever Library and Information Center, which is named after the architect Turgut Cansever and established in 2008, is the first library of city and local administrations expertise in Turkey.

The purpose for establishing the Turgut Cansever Library and Information Center was to organize information and documents and make them available for all researchers, academics, university students, and municipal employees; and to serve users at all levels, both inside and outside the institution, in order to ensure the best use of current information resources.

Our library has a total of 17,365 materials including 14,940 books and 2,425 printed journals. It presents the broadest range of books published in the field of local administration (1,168) to the services of researchers.

Resource Subjects in the Library
Local administration Diplomacy and Politics
International Relations Public Administration and Challenges
European Union Public Finance
Architecture, Public Buildings Art (Painting, Graphics, Photography)
Law Environmental Problems
Geography and Travel Turkish History
Ottoman Urban Planning
Geology Earthquakes
Literature Sociology
Philosophy, Psychology Traditions, Etiquette, Folklore
Economics World Communities
Language and Linguistics Periodicals
Theses Reference Resources (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Almanacs etc.)

Who is Turgut Cansever?

Turgut Cansever, who was a cornerstone of our architectural and intellectual history, was a man of culture who embodied our civilization's model of upbringing. Without losing sensitivity to the society he lived in, he challenged time with his contemporary plans and courageously reflected his independent ideas and discourse as much in his architectural works as his books and applied areas. Mr. Cansever, known as the "Wise Architect", regarded the intervention and transformation of space as a serious responsibility and defined the relationship between man and space as a kind of friendship. Thanks to his special relationship with his profession, he was deemed worthy of the Ağa Khan Architecture Award for his unique architectural practices and achieved many national and international accomplishments. 
Turgut Cansever was born in Antalya in 1920. After completing Galatasaray High School, he graduated from the State Academy of Fine Arts Department of Architecture in 1946. He received the title of doctor of art history with his doctoral thesis "Column Heads in Ottoman and Seljuk Architecture", which he completed at the Istanbul University Faculty of Literature Department of Art History. Between 1947 and 1951, he worked as a lecturer at the State Fine Arts Academy. In 1951 he established his own architecture office and continued practicing the profession he loved. In 1960 he received the title of associate professor for his academic work "Problems of Modern Architecture" from the Istanbul University Faculty of Literature. From 1974 to 1975 he headed the Istanbul Structural Plan Bureau and the World Bank Istanbul Metropolitan Planning Project. He became a member of the European Council Turkish Delegation between the years of 1974 and 1976. In 1983, he participated in the Grand Jury of the Ağa Khan Architecture Award. In the following years, he continued his work in the private architecture firm he founded in 1951. Mr. Cansever died on 22 February 2009 in Istanbul. 

Architect Turgut Cansever
“… The task of architecture ... is to beautify the world.”