Thursday, July 8, 2010

Photos of the Crimean Tatar Gasprinskiy Library

The library is used by teachers, students, researchers, and the general public looking for information on the Crimean Tatars. This is the reading room, where library users can spend time looking at the many documents on file at the library.

The reading room has a permanent display of traditional Crimean Tatar arts and crafts.

A plaque at the front door tells of the founding of the library and the date of its restoration with the help of the Netherlands government and the International Renaissance Foundation. Originally an Islamic school in the 1700 and 1800's, the building was restored in 1999.

The library hosts many events. On the wall of the reading room is a display about Cengiz Dagci, a Crimean Tatar writer who lives in London. The library held a celebration of his life and work on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

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