According to 2011 TURKSTAT figures, the number of libraries available in the TR22 Region, which includes Balıkesir and Çanakkale, approximately 3 percent of the total number of libraries in Turkey; The number of books constitutes approximately 3.5 percent of the available books across the country. Of the 33 libraries in the region, 22 are in Balıkesir and 11 are in Çanakkale. Compared to the previous year, there was a decrease in the number of libraries both at regional and national level in 2011. The rate of using public libraries is 349 per thousand people and the Region ranks 10th among 26 Regions with this rate.
There are 22 libraries throughout the province of Balıkesir. The number of people benefiting from public libraries per thousand people was 324 in 2014.
4 public libraries and three children’s libraries in Balıkesir Center; There are Public Libraries in Ayvalık, Bandırma, Bigadiç, Burhaniye, Dursunbey, Edremit, Gönen, Havran, İvrindi, Kepsut, Manyas, Savaştepe, Sındırgı and Susurluk Districts and Akçay and Zeytinli. Balikesir province libraries are used effectively by both students and the public. Balıkesir library usage averages are 25.5% above Turkey’s average.
The Central Library of Balıkesir University has also been opened to access to the new automation system KOHA. In the system, which will be accessed from http://katalog.balikesir.edu.tr, users can use the same address to extend and reserve books with T.C ID number and password verification.
Balıkesir Provincial Public Library has also started lending books to homes.
The City Archive of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality was realized with the decision taken by the Municipal Council on September 5, 2006. He continues his works on the 3rd floor of the building where Devrim Erbil Contemporary Arts Museum is located. It provides services to every researcher without any "fee" or "membership".
The Salih Tozan Culture and Art Center, built as an Electricity Factory and restored after long years of functioning, consists of a meeting room with a capacity of 313 seats and dressing and resting rooms divided into two floors. With its sound, light and heat systems, it has the comfort to respond to all kinds of meetings and shows.
Balıkesir has 27 movie theaters and 18 theater halls. The Region ranks 15th among 26 Regions based on this data. However, considering the number of spectators, it ranks 19th. Although the TR22 Region ranks higher in terms of the number of cinema seats; It is observed that it falls behind even the Regions with less number of shows in terms of audience number.
According to 2011 TUIK data, the TR22 Region is the only Region among the 26 Regions that does not have a theater hall. However, there are multi-purpose halls where theater plays are exhibited as well as private theater stages in the region.
Considering the statistics of the printed media, 93 newspapers and 29 magazines are published in the region. The said data correspond to 3.2 percent and 0.7 percent of Turkey in general, respectively. The data discussed show that there is a need to increase the quality and quantity of socio-cultural activities throughout the Region. Structures that will ensure the realization of socio-cultural services and activities for this purpose should be developed.