The Ottoman archives, which is currently in four different locations, will be housed in one place at the “Ottoman Archive Center” in Kagithane district of Istanbul, opening publicly in 2012, according to the Directorate General of State Archives on Tuesday (November 3, 2009).

The new Ottoman Archive Center, designed to guard against floods, earthquakes, chemical and biological attacks, will house approximately 100 million documents as well as 370,000 note-books. The center will include an administrative building, a research hall for 350 scholars, research institute, library, museum, a special unit for digital archives, social facilities and a congress hall for 2,500 people.