BIBLIOPERA: BEYOGLU RESEARCH CENTERS NETWORK Beyoglu, known as Pera in the Ottoman Empire, soon became one of the trading centers of the empire after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453. While walking through the streets of Beyoglu by the end of the 19th century, a time when its cosmopolitan structure was relatively preserved, it was possible to hear numerous languages ranging from French to Armenian, from Romanian to Italian, from Arabic to Russian. Hence, Beyoğlu was not only a commercial center but also one of the cultural centers of Istanbul. BiblioPera, which was created by nine research centers in Beyoglu, which came together with support of Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA), is one of the projects underlining the district’s cultural character.

BiblioPera: Beyoglu Research Centers Network is a partnership project of 9 international research centers located in Beyoglu, Istanbul. Rising over the shoulders of a union catalogue, BiblioPera brings the multilingual collections of the libraries of research centers together, and creates a platform for further cooperation for research and activities in Social Sciences, Art & Humanities. 

Supported by Istanbul Development Agency, and developed by Koç University Suna Kiraç Library with the partnership of Istanbul Research Institute, Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, SALT Research, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut-Istanbul, Netherlands Institute in Turkey, Institut Français d'Études Anatoliennes, Orient-Institut Istanbul, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, and Sismanoglio Megaro, BiblioPera promotes historical, archaeological, and social scientific research on Turkey, and grant Beyoglu a new identity of research. BiblioPera further aims to provide a unique virtual environment for scholars, research center staff, and librarians to share ideas, experiences, and collaborate on new projects, for scientific and cultural production.

New institutional membership to BiblioPera is to be approved by Istanbul Development Agency until the end of 2018 due to the ISTKA regulations. The platform's long term goal is to expand its cooperation with research centers and libraries that comply certain criteria.

For more info: https://bibliopera.org/