He turned his home into a 6,000-book library – UPDATE

He turned his house into a library with 6,000 books.

Ali Haydar Aksakal, 84, who has devoted his life to books in Manisa, passing on the city’s historical and cultural values ​​to future generations through the books he has written, has turned his previously rented house into a library with 6,000 books. Aksakal, who takes care of the books in his library, wants a foundation or library to be established to leave his books after him.

Ali Haydar Aksakal (84), who lives in the Şehzadeler district of Manisa, made it a habit during his high school years to read books under the guidance of his teacher Nazik Erik. Aksakal, who went to the library every day and read books, over time began to buy books. Aksakal, who has worked as a merchant in the Şehzadeler district for many years, also organized trips to many parts of the world. After Aksakal gave up trading in the 2000s, he began writing. Aksakal, who first wrote his memoirs, later did research on the historical and cultural values ​​of Manisa. Aksakal, who owns 26 books on the city’s history and has them translated into many foreign languages, has turned part of his house into a library with the books he’s accumulated since high school. Aksakal, whose books did not fit in his house, emptied an apartment he later rented and turned it into a library. Aksakal, looking through the books in his library, which contains 6,000 works, wants a foundation or library to be established to bequeath his books after him.


Aksakal called on young people to “read,” saying, “My teacher, Nazik Erik, taught me to read when I was at school in Manisa. I used to go to the library every day to buy books. The habit of reading books made me buy books. My late grandfather graduated from two madrasahs, and my father was an educated and cultured person. My father used to buy books from his earnings. The library began to form at home. When we renovated our apartment in 1985, we turned the 2nd and 3rd floors into maisonettes and started using the library there. It wasn’t enough. When it wasn’t enough, we turned our ground floor apartment that we rented into a library. This place is not enough. If a cultural foundation or library is established in Manisa, we are happy to give our books to that foundation or library. Because we have books that are not in Manisa. Young people play a big role here. “I recommend that you read regularly,” he said.

Expressing that he has started writing his travel memoirs and that he has 26 books, some of which have been translated into many languages, Aksakal said: “Everyone makes money, so I started writing my memoirs thinking that our knowledge does not reach out into the grave. I started researching the mysterious history of Manisa. I started working in the 2000s. I will continue to write and pass on information to future generations as long as my health allows.” (DHA)

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