The Library of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) was initially founded at the building in Ulus that hosted MFA between 1927-1952, which today belongs to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The initial collection of books was assembled from the collections of various departments of the Ottoman Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Istanbul. In 1956, Mr. Adnan Ötüken, Director of the National Library, 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. The Library was attached to the Department of Diplomatic Archives with the circular No. 3638669 dated 07.06.2011, and in March 2012, it was moved to its new premises in the Archive Building of 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. As the physical space of our library was allocated to the E-archive project of the Ministry, a closed storage system was opted instead of the formerly used open shelf system. 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.


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 both at the Ministry and the missions abroad. In 1993, he was posted as Counsellor to the Embassy of Türkiye in Athens. During his duty, he was martyred after being fatally shot by a gunman on the 4th of July 1994.



A) Publications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
1. Archive Series
2. Perceptions
3. SAM Papers
4. International Journal of 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