From The Daily Sabah:
Following an investigation at the library about a year ago, it was discovered that more than 350,000 books had been neglected in storage and covered with spider webs. Upon the instructions of Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik, the rehabilitation of the books began immediately. Moreover, library officials discovered that tens of thousands of books were sold for TL 0.15 ($0.06) per kilogram as waste paper during the same period. Therefore, the directorate began searching for books that had actually once belonged to the library.
As the organizing and up to 70 percent of cataloging of the books is finished, 220,000 books are now are registered in the system and are ready to be viewed by booklovers as well as academics and researchers.
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