July 30, 2009, New York Times. "<a href="http://globespotters.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/30/history-along-with-books-at-an-istanbul-library/">History, Along With Books, at an Istanbul Library</a>." By Yigal Schleifer
Istanbul may be filled with bookshops, but public libraries are another matter. Most of the city’s libraries belong either to academic or private institutions and are, for the most part, off limits to the public.
This being the case, the opening of any new public library is a cause for celebration. But the new home of library of the Istanbul-based Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, or IRCICA (Yildiz Sarayi, Seyir Kosku, Barbaros Bulvari, Besiktas; 90-212-259-1742; www.ircica.org), is something special, located inside the historic and elegant armory of the Yildiz Palace, built in the late 19th century by Sultan Abdulhamid II.