Special collections Collection

Available in these libraries

  • Aura Library, Aura

  • Bookmobile Ilona (Kotka), Kotka

  • Harjavalta Library, Harjavalta

  • Inari Main Library, Ivalo, Inari

  • Jakobstad Library, Pietarsaari

    • Music

      The library music department has an extensive collection of sound recordings and sheet music. The loan period is 30 days.

    • Films

      The library has a collection of over 3500 films on DVD and Blu-ray. You'll find movies both for children and adults. The loan period is 14 days.


      Viddla - is a streaming service where you can borrow movies with your library card and PIN-code.

    • E-books

      The library has a collection of e-books and streaming audio books. The e-books are mainly in Swedish but also in Finnish and English.  Access to e-books requires authentication with your library card and a pin code.


      • Ellibs- e-books mainly in Finnish
      • Biblio- e-books and streaming audio books mainly in Swedish
    • Newspapers and magazines

      Recent copies of newspapers and magazines are located in the newspaper reading room, which can be visited during Library opening hours. You may also read newspapers on the internet. PressReader provides you with today's newspapers from more than 150 countries. The service offers instant translation as well as sound integration. ePress provides you with today's newspapers from Finland. The resources may be accessed from any library computer.


      • PressReader- today's newspaper from more than 150 countries
      • ePress- today's newspapers from Finland
    • Books

      Books on the ground floor: Novels, poetry, drama books, comic books, audio books, children's literature.


      Books on the first floor: Non-fiction literature, language courses, dictionaries, reference collection, special collections, hobbies.

  • Karhula library, Kotka

  • Karhuvuori library, Kotka

  • Kotka main library, Kotka

  • Laihia Library, Laihia

  • Lapua Main Library, Lapua

  • Library of the Finnish Literature Society, Helsinki

  • Main Library (Joutsa), Joutsa

  • Nurmijärvi Main Library, Nurmijärvi

  • Pornainen Library, Pornainen

  • Punkalaidun Library, Punkalaidun

  • Varkaus City Library, Varkaus

  • Vähäkyrö self-service library, Vaasa

    • The Ostrobothnian mystics

      The Ostrobothnian mystics was a religious movement that originated in Vaasa in the late 18th century and spread to Central Ostrobothnia, notably to the village of Merikaarto in Vähäkyrö. 

      The mystics translated both religious and secular literature into Finnish and copied books by hand. The National Library of Finland and the Finnish Literature Society now hold these manuscripts. Vähäkyrö library has copies of some of the manuscripts as well as correspondence and other information about the movement.


    • Old books collection

      Vähäkyrö library was founded by tailor Tuomas Taittonen in 1851. Initially, the collection consisted of donated books only, but the library soon became one of the largest and most diverse public libraries in Finland, with a comprehensive collection of Finnish literature. The library received book donations from local villagers as well as from such notable cultural figures as Elias Lönnrot, Yrjö Koskinen and Matti Pohto.

      Most of the old collection acquired by Taittonen has survived intact and the books are kept in glass display cabinets in Vähäkyrö library.

  • Ylivieska Library, Ylivieska