The Institute for Mediterranean Studies has created a specialised library of Islamic and Turkish studies, the only one of its kind and size in our country. The personal library of Victor Ménage († professor of the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London) constitutes a particularly important section as it contains numerous rare editions of books and journals of turkological interest. Recently, the library of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies was enriched by the donation of the personal library of Professor Elizabeth Zachariadou.
The Department also has collections of microfilms and digital archives of primary Ottoman archive material from various archives in Greece. The Department of Ottoman History offers access to its library and archival material for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Crete, other universities in Greece and abroad, and to any interested person.
The Library of the Department has been enriched with donations of books by the Institute of Oriental Studies of the University of Naples, the Institute of Oriental Studies of the University of Genoa, the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, the Bank of Greece, the Prefecture of Rethymno, the Turkish Foundation History, and the Turkish Embassy in Athens.