Turkish sanitation workers create library with trashed books

By Wade Sheridan
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Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Garbage collectors in the Turkish capital of Ankara have opened a public library filled with discarded books.

The library, created inside of an abandoned brick factory, is composed of items once destined for the landfill, including the shelves that hold the thrown-away books and paintings that decorate the wall.


The library's collection was gathered by sanitation workers for months and then later expanded by residents who began donating books directly, CNN reported.

The location was made open to the public in September of last year.

The 6,000 available books include everything from fiction, nonfiction, children's books, comic books, books used for scientific research and books in different languages such as English and French.

Each book needs to be sorted and checked before it is made available at the library with a stamp of approval. The books are loaned out two weeks at a time with time extensions available if needed.

"I am very sad that these books are thrown to garbage like bread. Our society needs to show more awareness. This is a huge lost. It is a big thing when one child reads one book and learns one word from it," a local Ankara resident said while speaking with TRT World.


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