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Garbage Collectors in Turkish Capital Open Library with Abandoned Books

The library contains more than 6,000 books available to the public.

Garbage collectors in the Turkish Capital of Ankara have opened a library filled with books that were originally discarded. After months of gathering books and accepting donations, the library opened to the public in September of last year.

The library is located at the headquarters of the sanitation department, and there are long corridors of shelves along with a lounge area for visitors to relax and maybe play some chess. Books will be loaned out on a two-week basis to residents, schools, education programs and prisons.

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Initially, the books were only for employees and their families to borrow. But as the collection grew and interest spread throughout the community, the library was eventually opened to the public in September of last year.

"We started to discuss the idea of creating a library from these books. And when everyone supported it, this project happened," said Çankaya Mayor Alper Tasdelen, whose local government oversaw the opening of the library.

Today, the library has over 6,000 books ranging from literature to nonfiction. There is also a popular kid's section with comic books and an entire section for scientific research. Books in English and French are also available for bilingual visitors.

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