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Books read by Ataturk available on website – Juned 19th 2012

Istanbul University’s (IU) Library and Documentation Department has transferred books read by the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, to the Internet environment, daily Hurriyet reported. Within the scope of a project titled “Reading with Atatürk” website visitors can tour the IU Library of Rare Works with a simulation they can download and choose books to read from among 175 works. Following the declaration of the Turkish Republic, Atatürk sent the books in Yıldız Palace to Istanbul University to form a library. Later on, when he was in Istanbul, Atatürk asked for some of the books in this library and read them. Books in many fields from history to literature and from sociology to politics have been kept in this library and are used by researchers. Atatürk also took notes in these books, underlined some sentences or wrote his views on them. Now people are able to see and read all these books thanks to the project. The project can be reached through the website ataturkleokumak.istanbul.edu.tr

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