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The Library

The Bilkent University Library is a lending and research library where open stacks permit free access to the entire collection except the rare book collections. The main library, housed in its own four-story building and annex at the center of the Main Campus, is open at weekdays from 8:30 to 23:30 and at weekends from 9:00 to 23:00 throughout the year. Interlibrary Loan, the European Documentation Centre, USA GPO Collection, Halil İnalcık Collection and Special Collection have special working hours. The East Campus branch library, located on the top floor of the Catering Center, is open 8:30 (weekends from 9:00) to 23:30 Sunday-Thursday and closes at 17:00 on Friday and Saturday. Summer hours are announced.

Bilkent Library was the first Turkish university library to offer its readers automated services through an integrated computer system. It provides the use of an online public access catalog to all readers with access to computer terminals both in the libraries and elsewhere on campus as well as to researchers, any place in the world, with access to the Internet. Circulation of the collection is also automated. Internet access is available in both libraries. The library catalog can be accessed from the Internet through the link: http://librarycatalog.bilkent.edu.tr/

The collection contains over 700,000 items and the book collection is over 400,000 volumes. The library subscribes to over 2,700 journals from the USA and Europe and provides electronic access to 30,000. Over $3 million is spent each year on books, journals and other resources, including video and audio cassettes, DVDs and VCDs, maps, microforms, CD-ROMs, music scores and sound recordings (compact disks, cassettes and phonograph records). The library also makes over 100 databases available on-line, which provide access to both citations, and in some cases, the full texts of journal articles, conference proceedings and papers and research material. Many of these databases are acquired through the library's membership in the Anatolian University Libraries Consortium. Working papers and technical reports are received from leading research centers in Europe, the USA and Japan.

The Turkish Plastic Arts Archive makes available a file of over 47,000 newspaper clippings, magazine articles and exhibition materials (invitations, posters, catalogs). The collection has been catalogued and is accessible on the Internet.

The Bilkent University Library has been designated by the Library of Congress to receive U.S. Government documents and makes them available in the Government Documents Room. The library is also a depository for World Bank regional publications and houses the Bilkent European Documentation Center.

Materials of special interest to students include catalogs of foreign universities and the “easy reading” section. The newspaper collection includes leading foreign newspapers. Photocopying is available in the library.

Reciprocal lending-borrowing agreements with a number of Ankara area universities make it possible for Bilkent graduate students and faculty to borrow books from those libraries as well.

The on-line library catalog can be accessed on the Internet at: http://librarycatalog.bilkent.edu.tr/


Computer Center

The Bilkent Computer Center (BCC) provides a variety of computing resources and services to meet the administrative, educational and research computing requirements in the university community. These services include providing computational equipment, their hardware and software maintenance, maintenance of software resources such as language compilers, utilities and application programs.

Additionally, BCC develops in-house application software for the university itself including academic information systems, student information systems, library information system and others.

BCC maintains multiple high performance multi-processor computers hosting centralized disk storages, RDBMS, application software and various network services. A SUN servers is used to maintain Sunsite archives and serve these to the Internet community.

There are more than 7000 personal computers distributed in offices, laboratories and dormitories throughout the campus and all are connected to BILNET.

There are 14 laboratories (approximately 600 computers in total) that are administered by BCC open to faculty and students 24 hours a day and throughout the year. All users have access to laser printer pools available in BCC labs and the Computer Center. In addition to the BCC labs, labs run by individual faculties and schools, such as UNIX workstation labs (40 workstations), 12 PC labs (more than 300 PCs) and two Macintosh labs (32 Macs) serve students and faculty around the campus. All computers in the laboratories have BILNET and Internet access.

The campus network is built on a Gigabit Ethernet backbone. This star topology backbone connects all the faculties to the central switch via fiber-optic cables.

There are two modem pools which provide dial-in connections. All computers on BILNET have direct Internet access. All students and faculty are authorized to have accounts for their e-mail and their access to the resources in the labs.

Bilkent University's networking facilities are extended to the dormitories as well. All campus dormitory rooms are wired for the Ethernet and students living in the dormitories can connect their own computers to BILNET and the Internet.

One 50 processor cluster for parallel computing and one 10 processor node on the Southeast European Grid is maintained by the Department of Computer Engineering.

BCC provides and maintains a wide variety of scientific tools at the users’ disposal. These include statistical, mathematical, simulation libraries and packages together with various VLSI and graphics design tools, imaging tools. All modern and classical programming languages and development tools are available in various hardware platforms. State-of-the-art word processors, spreadsheets, database application software and presentation graphics software are available in the labs.

Some software developed in-house is also available to faculty, students and staff. AIRS (Academic Information Review System) and SRS (Student Review System) are the valuable tools to help the faculty and students in planning their course loads and academic preferences. ORS (Online Registration System) enables students to see and register to offered courses via computer terminals. DAIS (Department Academic Information System) assists the departments to maintain their course offerings and course registrations. BCC offers a variety of training courses to the academic and administrative staff on the UNIX operating system, the PC operating systems and environments, Internet basics and some popular office software on both a regular and as-needed basis.

Video Conferencing and “New York On-Air”
BCC maintains two video conference facilities that provide ISDN and TCP/IP connectivity to any location on the globe. Bilkent University has an office in New York city with similar equipment and this setup is used for the remote instruction of various courses and seminars offered at Bilkent.