Leman Şenalp was born in Bursa. After finished Kandilli Girls’ High School in 1941, she began to study history at A.Ü. Faculty of Languages History and Geography. She attended the librarianship courses opened by Adnan Ötüken at the Faculty of Languages History and Geography, and earned the title of “expert librarian” (1945) studying for two years. At the end of the course, Adnan Ötüken proposed to her to work in the process of establishment of the National Library. In the same year, in 1945, she was assigned to the Directorate of Publications “library directorate” by Adnan Ötüken, who was then the Director of Publications of the Ministry of National Education. She carried out the office works in the National Library Preparatory Office (1945-1949).
She attended internship program and made observations in various libraries, mainly the National Library between 1949 and 1951 in Switzerland. After returning home in 1952, she was appointed as the Director of Compilation of Prints and Paintings. She worked as an expert at the National Library between 1953 and 1955. Ms. Şenalp also served as president of the Turkish Librarians’ Association between 1957 and 1958. She served as the Director of the Library of the Ministry of Finance between 1966 and 1960. From 1960 to 1977 the year that she retired, she worked as an expert and manager at Istanbul University Central Library. Şenalp was honoured with “Outstanding Service Award” by TKD in 1995. We remember Ms. Şenalp with respect.