A printing house was established in 1795 at the first engineering school ever to be opened in Halıcıoğlu under the name of Mühendishane-i Berri Hümayun. The books published here constituted the core of the Central Library. Today the Central Library (Mustafa İnan Library), which opened in 1983, covers a space of 2,800 m² in its temporary building with its periodicals reading hall. The reading hall services 500 people both from within and outside ITU. There are also the faculty libraries in the faculties of Mechanical Engineering (Gümüşsuyu), Architecture (Taşkışla), Management (Maçka), and Maritime (Tuzla), the Turkish Music State Conservatory, the Department of Languages and History of Atatürk Reforms (Maçka) and the Department of Fine Arts (Taşkışla).
ITU libraries have approximately 500,000 volumes of books periodicals, and dissertations. The number of subscription periodicals is 1,300. The ITU libraries work on an open shelf basis. There is an interlibrary loan and a supply of periodicals service. Work continues on electronic access to the periodicals. The monthly lists of newly bought books and the subscribed periodicals can be found at http://www.library.itu.edu.tr.
ITU libraries subscribe to 17 different CD-ROMs where index and periodical abstracts can be searched. In addition, they can be accessed from all ITU campuses with the 200 capacity CD network. In 1997, on line system began, covering the Mustafa İnan and the faculty libraries. As a result of this, the "Innopac Library On Line System", commonly used in the most developed university libraries around, the world was put into use and the library catalog became accessible as of January 1998. The aim of full on line system is so that:
ITU teachers and students, as well as any Turkish or foreign researchers, can reach ITU library's records and borrow books from all over the world. ITU teachers can borrow books from any domestic or foreign university library on line. CD-ROM index and publication scanning facilities can be accessed from outside the library and electronic periodical facilities can be developed. The English abstracts of doctoral dissertations can be available on computer and can be accessed from outside the library. New books and periodicals can be bar-coded very fast and offered to the readers. All the on line library services are presented at http://www.library.itu.edu.tr
ITU aims to centralize student course registration, student assessments and advising. For this purpose, a software program (STC Banner 2000) has been bought for the provision of Student Affairs, Personnel Affairs and Finance Affairs with on line systems. The system was established in February 1999. The Student Affairs module of the system started functioning at the beginning of 1999-2000 academic year. With the help of this system, students can register, learn their grades and access other non-classified information via Internet or phone from wherever they are.
It is possible to access 1,550 scientific publication and periodical indices and abstracts plus full text articles in more than 500 periodicals through the "Expanded Academic International ASAP" database."CSSinfo Online Standards Access" service is a database developed for standars. It is possible to access any desired document for a certain fee through this system.
Protocol between ITU and Boğaziçi University
The protocol between the two universities enables the teachers of these universities to use the other university's library facilities.