Erdoğan promises two giant libraries

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has pledged to build two giant libraries if re-elected on June 24, pro-government English newspaper Daily Sabah said.

In Istanbul, the 18th century Rami Artillery Barracks on the European side of the city will be converted into a library with the capacity for 7 million books.

The project, when realised, will be the biggest library in Turkey and one of the largest in the world.

The $43.3 million project will also include exhibition space, cafés and cinemas, and is expected to open in 2020.

Meanwhile, in Turkey’s capital of Ankara, another library with a 5 million-book capacity is already being built, Erdoğan said.

The library is on the grounds of the presidential palace, and will be open 24 hours a day, he said.

It is due to open in 2019, and will employ 400 librarians.

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