The Library of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was initially founded at the building in Ulus that hosted the MFA between 1927-1952, which today, belongs to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The initial collection of books were assembled from the collections of various departments of the Ottoman Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Sublime Porte in Istanbul. In 1956 Director of the National Library Mr. Adnan Ötüken enabled reorganization of the MFA Library in line with modern library methods and standards.


In 1999, the MFA Library was named after martyred diplomat Ömer Haluk Sipahioğlu. In 2011 the Library was attached to the Department of Diplomatic Archives and in 2012 it was moved to its new premises in the Archive Building of the MFA.

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The Library of the MFA aims to specialize in serving the MFA departments and personnel by providing, organizing and lending relevant reference sources that would be useful in their tasks. The collection of the Library is constantly enlarged by donations and institutional publications. The collection includes books in Turkish and other languages on Turkish Foreign Policy, International Law, International Relations, History, reference sources, e-books as well as rare books. The Library collection is organized by Dewey library systems, registered and tracked in electronic format by automated programs. Two professional librarians are in charge of the Library. The MFA personnel is able to browse the library catalogue and e-books through the intranet of the MFA. The collection is secured via RFID systems.


Haluk Sipahioglu

Born in Istanbul in 1948, Ömer Haluk Sipahioğlu was a graduate of Law Faculty of Ankara University. In 1977 he started his carrier at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Until 1993 he served at various departments at the Ministry and at missions abroad. In 1993 he was posted as Counsellor to the Embassy of Türkiye in Athens. During his duty he was martyred after he was fatally shot by a gunman on 4th of July 1994.



A) Publications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
1. Archive Series (available at this website)
2. Perceptions
3. SAM Papers
4. Journal of International Economic Issues

B) Publications in Individual Copyrights:
1. Publications of Retired Ambassadors and personnel of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

C) Promotional Publications
1. Publications of MFA missions abroad
2. Publications on Türkiye