The Turcica Collection includes the Turkish literature printed in the Russian empire between 1828 and 1917. The volumes were received as legal deposits.
The 2,800 titles of Turcica are divided into ten divisions according to their Turkish language group: Azeri, Chagatai, Kazak, Kumyk, Ottoman Turkish, Uzbek, Uyghur, Central Tatar, Crimean Tatar and Turkmen as well as into Kalendaria, Periodica and Varia.
This unique collection includes, among others, Islamic literature, textbooks, fiction and poetry and also translations of world literature (Gorky, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Conan Doyle, Beecher Stowe, Defoe) and various practical guides and manuals.
Together with the Arabica, Caucasica and Persica collections, Turcica forms a significant unit of Islamic literature printed in Russia.