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Collection 8 services

  • Newspapers and magazines is closed 1-31.3.

    First floor.

    Newspapers and general magazines. Most back issues are available for borrowing.

    A large touch screen monitor for reading newspapers and magazines online.

    Public computers and printing. Collect and pay for your printouts at the Info-desk.

    Old back issues of local newspapers on microfilm, a bookable microfilm reader.

     

  • Second floor, old library building.

    Classes 00–03, 05–07, 30–39, 69–69.35.

    Politics, social sciences, jurisprudence, economics, marketing, social policy, education, national defense and communication.

    Reference materials: statute books, statistics by Statistics Finland.

  • Second floor, new extension.

    Classes 04, 10.8, 80–89.

    Novels, short stories, poems, plays and comics.

    Audiobooks, large print books, and easy to read books,

    Essay collections and aphorisms.

    Literary studies, writer biographies.

    Linguistics and languages: textbooks, dictionaries, baby name books, and more.

    Please note: Fiction (classes 04–86) is arranged by language. Separate sections for crime, scifi, fantasy, and horror, and for war, hunting & fishing and humour in Finnish and Swedish.

  • Second floor, old library building.

    Classes 50–59, 60–68, 69.6–69.71, 79.

    Natural sciences, mathematics, medicine, technology, handicraft, pet care, gardening, cooking, interior decoration, games, sports and exercise.

     

  • Second floor, new extension.

    Classes 11–17, 20–29, 40–49, 90–99.

    Philosophy, psychology, religion, geography, ethnology and history.

    Biographies and genealogy; paranormal phenomena, dream books and astrology.

    Travel guides, maps, atlases and nautical charts.

    Exhibitions highlighting current topics and different aspects of the collection in the display case.

     

  • Second floor, old library building.

    Classes 70–78.

    Arts, art history, architecture, photography, theatre, cinema and music.

    CDs, DVDs and LP records.

    Sheet music, music method books for various instruments, songbooks.

    DVDs: films and tv series.

    Music listening corner.

    Electric piano, electric guitar, headphones.

    Bookable reading room Toivo.

    Naxos Music Library: Listen to free streaming music from your computer, including classical, jazz, blues, folk, and world music. Sign in with your library card number and PIN.

    Music magazines are in the newspaper reading room (Newspapers and magazines) in the 1st floor.

  • Svenska Handelhögskolans collection
  • Second floor, old library building.

    Material on Vaasa and Ostrobothnia, fiction by authors from the region.

    Material on special subject areas associated with the region: the Jäger Movement, bilingualism and language immersion

    Books, printed ephemera, annual reports, newspaper clippings; old telephone and address books.

    History, culture, nature, industry and commerce. Prominent persons from the region.

    In-library use only, but circulating copies may be available in another subject section or in a branch library. Contact the customer service desk.

    Silent study places.

Hardware 16 services

  • Create three-dimensional objects with the Ultimaker 2+ printer. Download a 3D model online, or design your own model on the Makerspace computer. To design your own 3D models, download a free software tool for 3D modelling online. If you are a beginner to 3D modelling, you can use for example  TinkerCad. Only use the 3D printing filaments available in Makerspace for the 3D printer. Makerspace has biodegradable PLA filaments of various colours, and white Polymax PLA filament for objects that need to take a lot of wear.

    The printer is located in the Main Library Makerspace. On the Makerspace computer you will find video files with basic instructions for using the 3D-printer.

    The fee for using the 3D printer is 0.50 euros per each beginning hour. Pay the printing fee at the first floor information desk when your 3D object is ready.

    Book at the main library information desk or call 06-325 3533.

  • The main library entrance hall. A charging station for mobile devices. Ask for a key at the Info desk.

  • This is the library’s customer computer, which uses the Google ChromeOS operating system and offers a simple and easy way of using a computer and web resources. The Chrome computers are based on the fact that all services and applications are handy on the web.

    On the customer computer you can use the Chrome web browser, create or modify documents, use cloud services and USB-memories, print, watch or listen.

    All of the library’s computers have theft protection. A computer that is missing or has not been returned will be locked through software and will be unusable.

    Always remember to log out or shut down when you stop using the computer!

  • The Main Library's copier / scanner is not in use for the time being.

    Most locations have black and white copy machines. The main library has a self-service copy machine in the entrance hall. To use the self-service copy machine you will need a contactless payment card or an ID sticker. You can use your Waltti travel card, or buy an ID sticker and copy credit at the main library Info desk. 

    • Swipe your card in the reader.
    • Place the original face-up in the document feeder or face down on the glass.
    • Press the copy button.
    • The number of copies will be debited from your account.

    Copy machine video guide

    Scanning video guide

  • Robotti Scribbler S3
  • Large touch screen monitors for reading newspapers and magazines online. Available in all locations except Merikaarto. 

  • Located in Newspaper and Magazines.

  • Read and print microfilmed newspapers with the microfilm reader in the Newspapers and magazines section in the main library. The section also has a collection of daily newspapers on microfilm.

    • Use the Juki MO-654DE overlocker free of charge.
    • You have to set up the overlocker yourself. Consult the users’ guide if you need help using the overlocker.
    • Makerspace has extra needles for the overlocker, but if the needle breaks, you must change it yourself.
    • Bring your own fabric, thread, scissors, pins, and anything else you need with you.
    • Book the overlocker for a maximum of four hours at the main library information desk or call 06-325 3533.
  • The library has many types of sports and exercise equipment available for checkout: gym games bags, pedometers, exercise bands, balance cushions, kettlebells, Nordic walking poles and volleyballs; pétanque, disc golf and badminton sets. For a full list of equipment (in Finnish and Swedish), search the library catalogue using the keyword ”liikuntavälineet”. 

    The gym games bag contains:

    • skipping ropes of different lengths for single skipping and group skipping
    • a guide (booklet) to skipping games and skills, in Finnish
    • QR codes for QR code orienteering, with videos about skipping games and skills
    • exercise cards with easy partner acrobatic moves
    • a guide (booklet) to family exercise, in Finnish
    • a gymnastics passport for schools, with basic gymnastic moves

    The equipment is available for checkout from the main library, Vähäkyrö library, Variska library and Meeting point Huudi. The gym games bags are available from Palosaari, Huudi, Suvilahti, Sundom and Variska libraries.

  • Borrow a laptop with your library card. The laptops are for in-library use only, and you can borrow them for 4 hours at a time. Available in the main library, Variska library, and Suvilahti library.

    The laptop will start when you open the lid or press the power button. When you are finished, log out, close the lid, and return the laptop to the customer service desk.

    If a laptop is not returned, the library will send the borrower an overdue notification and an invoice, in accordance with the library regulations. The replacement price for a laptop is 322.40 €. 

  • At most units the customer computers have a printing service Princh in use. Ask the library personnel for more information.

  • The main library, Palosaari Library and Suvilahti library have public scanners. The scanners in Sundom and Vähäkyrö libraries can only be used during regular opening hours when the service desks are staffed. 

    • Use the Pfaff Smarter sewing machine free of charge. 
    • You have to set up the sewing machine yourself: thread the sewing machine and wind the under thread. Consult the users’ guide if you need help using the sewing machine.
    • Makerspace has extra needles for the sewing machine, but if the needle breaks, you must change it yourself.
    • Bring your own fabric, thread, scissors, pins, and anything else you need with you.
    • Book the sewing machine for a maximum of four hours at the main library information desk or call 06-325 3533.
    • Cut your own one-colour or multicolour vinyl stickers with the Roland Stika SV-12 vinyl cutter. Create your sticker designs with Inkscape, a vector drawing software available on the Makerspace computer, or with some other free software available online. Transform JPG- or PNG- images and transfer to the vinyl cutter with Roland Cut Studio, also availiable on the Makerspace computer.
    • Makerspace has black and white vinyl, and a colour map that you can use to suggest new colour acquisitions.
    • The maximum width of the material is 305 mm.
    • Book the vinyl cutter for a maximum of four hours at the main library information desk or call 06-325 3533.
    • The fee for the vinyl is 050 euros per each beginning 10 cm. Pay the fee at the first floor information desk when your stickers are ready.

Room 14 services

  • The main library has two lockable glass display cases suitable for small and light exhibition items. Display cases A and C are located on the first floor. The display cases may be booked free of charge.

    Book display cases

  • Art gallery Teema may be booked for art exhibitions

    The gallery is located in the main library, on the second floor, next to the Music and arts section

    Exhibition space dimensions: length circa 21 metres, width circa 3 metres, ceiling height circa 4 metres

    Picture hanging system: picture rails 

    Picture rail height from the floor circa 3 metres

    32 movable picture hooks with wire

    Please notice! Exhibitions open on the weekday following the installation, and close one weekday before the removal.

    Book Teema

    Further information

    • Max Bäckman, tel. 040 183 1956, max.backman@vaasa.fi

     

  • Gallery, the corridor gallery space is located on the first floor of the main library and has 45 picture hooks. Gallery may be booked for exhibitions.

    Book Gallery

    Further information

    • Max Bäckman, puh. 040-1831956, max.backman@vaasa.fi­­­
    • The games room has the following consoles: PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360. 
    • The games and controllers are available at the customer service desk of the children's section. You will need to leave your library card with the librarian while you are playing. The staff will open the games cabinet for you. 
    • You can only take one game at a time to the games room. 
    • Return the game and the controller to the customer service desk when you stop playing.

    Video games available in Pessi:

    PlayStation 4

    • FIFA 19(ages 3 and over)
    • NHL19 (ages 12 and over)
    • Minecraft (ages 7 and over)
    • Paw Patrol on a roll (ages 3 and over)
    • Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 (ages 3 and over)

    Xbox 360

    • LEGO Batman 3 Beyond Gotham (ages 7 and over)
    • LEGO Harry Potter years 1-4 (ages 7 and over)
    • Minecraft (ages 7 and over)
    • Need for speed shift (ages 3 and over)
    • NHL 11 (ages 12 and over)
    • PES2015 Pro evolution soccer (ages 3 and over)

    Xbox 360 Kinect

    • Just dance Disney party 2 (ages 3 and over)
    • Kinect adventures! (ages 3 and over)
    • Kinectimals (ages 3 and over)
    • Kinect sports season two (ages 3 and over)
    • Zumba fitness (ages 3 and over)

    Board games available in Pessi:

    Play board games in the games room or anywhere in the children's section. Return the game and all the pieces when you stop playing.

    • Eläinpyramidi
    • Hedelmätarha
    • Kimble
    • lottery board games
    • memory games (match pairs games)
    • Muumin kirjainpeli
    • Tatun and Patun Suomi

     

  • Library spaces cant't be booked 1-31.3.

    • Located on the first floor of the main library, Essee is suitable for meetings and studying. It may be booked free of charge for non-commercial purposes.
    • The room is equipped with a 65" HDTV, HDMI and Displayport plugs and adapter for VGA.

    Book Essee

    • Check availability at the first floor Info desk at the main library.
    • Book by e-mail, or call the Info desk at the main library.
    • Further information: Info desk at the main library, tel. 06-325 3533, kirjasto.info@vaasa.fi

    kirjasto.info@vaasa.fi

  • Library spaces cant't be booked 1-31.3.

    Draama-hall is suitable for lectures, theatrical performances and film showings. It fits a maximum of 160 people at a time. Draama is located on the first floor of the main library. The entrance on Raastuvankatu is open from 9:00, and the general entrance on Kirjastonkatu from 10:00 to 20:00.

    Room dimensions and equipment

    • Space size: 156,6 m²
    • Number of chairs: 147
    • Seminar tables for 40 people
    • Lecture table and computer (Microsoft Office 2010)
    • Video projector
    • DVD player
    • Microphones
    • Fixed adjustable ceiling spotlights
    • 16 moveable stage units (dimensions 100 x 200 x 70 cm)

    The equipment and the acoustic walls in Draama are specially designed to meet the requirements for speech. The set-up of the inventory (chairs and tables) varies with the arranger’s wishes and requests. The space has an induction hearing loop system, and is suited for those who are handicapped.

    Book Draama

    Check availability (In Finnish)

    Further information

    • Markku Keho, tel. 040 842 4398
    • Jarmo Pajuluoma, tel. 040 567 2487
    • E-mail: kirjasto.draama-sali@vaasa.fi
  • Library spaces cant't be booked 1-31.3.

    Makerspace is located on the first floor in the main library. It is a workspace where you can build things and work on your projects during main library opening hours.

    Makerspace has a 3D printer, a vinyl cutter, a sewing machine and an overlocker.

    You can use the sewing machine and the overlocker free of charge. There is a small fee for the 3D printer and the vinyl cutter.

    You must book the Makerspace equipment in advance. Check in at the first floor information desk when your session is about to start. The library staff will come and unlock the Makerspace door for you.

  • Library spaces cant't be booked 1-31.3.

    Located on the second floor of the main library, Venny is suitable for smaller events and meetings. The space is available for booking free of charge for non-commercial purposes. Venny fits 40 persons.

    A projector and a screen are available for additional cost. Payment by cash or credit/debit card, at the main library Info desk (1st floor). Own PC required, no sound system available.

    To arrange catering for your event, please contact Café Proosa (daytime events only). You can also provide your own catering and refreshments (no alcohol); please note that you will be responsible for cleaning up after the event.

    Book Venny

    Further information

    • Markku Keho, tel. 040 842 4398
    • Jarmo Pajuluoma, tel. 040 567 2487
    • kirjasto.draama-sali@vaasa.fi
  • Merenkurkun Maailmanperintöalue
  • 30 study places on the second floor of the main library by the glass wall facing Palosaari. Some of the desks have electrical outlets. Not bookable. 

    Several study places in the regional collection room Vasaensis on the second floor of the main library. For studying or silent group work. Not bookable. 

    The main library has a separate room for students taking an Aalto EE online exam. If the room is not booked for an exam, it can be used for silent study or silent group work. Second floor, not available for booking.

  • Toivo is a small reading room for 1–4 persons in the Music and Arts section on the second floor of the main library. Toivo may be booked free of charge. The main library reading room Toivo is closed until further notice.

  • Story hour corner

    The story room Illusia is the place where the main library story hours are held, and a meeting place for visiting day care groups and school classes. Other times the story room is available to all customers. The soft carpet is ideal for babies and toddlers.

    • Read and play.
    • Play board games and do jigsaw puzzles.
    • Hang up your coat and leave your shoes in the shoe rack outside the story room.
    • You can build huts, tunnels and more out of the floor cushions, but do not stack pillows and climb on them.
    • Do not jump down from a stack of pillows, an armchair or a window ledge.
    • When you leave the story room, put all toys and games back where they belong.
    • The parent/guardian is responsible for the child/children in the story room. Never leave your child unattended in the story room.

    Games available at the customer service desk of the section for children and young adults:

    • Alfons kurragömmaspel
    • Alfons yatzy
    • Höpön Löpön
    • Menolippu
    • Piirrä arvaa junior
    • Reuhupeli
    • Reuhurinne : Eka englanti
    • Rummikub
    • Virheistä viis (Tatu and Patu)
  • Museum is open during summertime. 

    More information:

    Puh. 040 520 6156 Anneli Ketonen

    Puh. 040 748 5595 Tuula Pitkäranta

  • Vaasa City Culture Services, main library 3rd floor. Culture services produce and coordinate different cultural events (either individually or in cooperation with other actors) such as the Night of Arts, Independence Day Celebration, Vaasa Choir Festival and the Vaasa Wildlife Nature Film Festival.

    Read more.

Service 45 services

  • In front of the library, there is one accessible parking space. 

  • Accessible toilets: in the lobby, Draama-hall and in the event space Venny on the 2nd floor. 

  • Esteetön hissi
  • 2nd floor service desk and 1st floor Info.

  • Esteetön pääsy
  • At the main library, you can return your loans via the automated check-out-machine on the first floor.

  • The main library info has three 3-speed city bikes available for checkout with a library card. The bikes can be borrowed for a day, and each comes with a helmet. The bikes are available for checkout from May 2 to September 30.

  • Children and young adults: children and young adults department. Grown-ups: science and technology section.  

  • Book swap corner
  • Opening hours

    • Monday–Friday 10:00–15:00

    Telefon

    • 0400 299817

    Menu

  • Citizen Services are there to serve and guide you through the City of Vaasa and other public administration areas. If you do not know which city department you should contact, we will help you to find the right one.

    Are you new in Finland? Welcome Office provides information on immigration, public services, societal issues, language courses, recruitment and working life in English, Finnish and Swedish.
     

     

  • Library fees can be paid with a credit or debit card.

  • Digitalkkari
  • The main library book drop is located on the side of the library that faces Rautatienkatu. You can return items in the book drop when the library is closed.

  • Are you homebound due to age, illness or disability? Apply for home library service. As a customer you will receive a monthly delivery of library materials of your choice. The service is free of charge.

    Eija Aromaa, eija.aromaa(at)vaasa.fi, tel. 06-325 3543

  • If you need an item that is not available at the Vaasa city library or the Tritonia academic library, you can request the item through the interlibrary loan service. You can request items from other libraries in Finland and from libraries in other countries. The service is subject to a fee determined by the lending library.

  • Journals and magazines
  • Library has many diffrent book clubs in finnish or swedish. 

  • The main library has an electric guitar and an amplifier for borrowing. You can also play the guitar with headphones in the library. Borrow or book the guitar and amplifier/headphones with your library card at the 2nd floor service desk, tel. 06-325 3540. The guitar and amplifier are a donation from the music store Pihlajamaan Musiikki.

  • The Ellibs service has books and audiobooks in Finnish, Swedish and English.

    Ellibs e-library offers Lingonet’s online language courses for studying Finnish, English, French, Swedish, and German. The support languages for the courses are either Finnish or English. Studying is based on learning by listening, and the courses also include interactive exercises.

  • Antikvariaatti Finlandia kirjan keräyspiste
  • You can use the on-demand film streaming service Viddla with your library card and your PIN code. You can watch a maximum of 3 films per month.

  • ePress provides online access to over 200 Finnish newspapers.

    Access ePress on a library computer or on your mobile device by connecting to the library WiFi.

  • Borrow e-books and e-audiobooks through Biblio (previously Elib). The service has e-books and e-audiobooks in Finnish, Swedish and English, as well as in many other languages such as Arabic, German and Russian.

  • A comprehensive collection of classical music recordings from hundreds of labels. Naxos Music Library also contains artist and composer biographies, and information about orchestras.

  • RedFox is online language portal including dictionary, grammar, learning, checker and translation.

    Access RedFox on a library computer, on your mobile device by connecting to the library WiFi, or from home by logging in on the library website.

  • A wide range of jazz music, from jazz legends to contemporary jazz. 

    Naxos Music Library Jazz.

  • PressReader is a large international newspaper portal. It provides online access to newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries and in several languages.

    Access PressReader on a library computer, on your mobile device by connecting to the library WiFi, or from home by logging in on the library website.

  • eMagz Remote
  •  General rules:

    • Tickets are available for checkout at the main library.
    • Tickets must be returned to the main library.
    • The loan period for tickets is one week.
    • The loan cannot be renewed.
    • Tickets cannot be reserved.
    • To check ticket availability, search “kausikortti” in the library catalogue.
    • You can have only one ticket on loan at a time.
    • The main library lobby has printed copies of tickets available for checkout. Exchange the copy for the actual ticket at the first floor information desk.
    • You cannot borrow a ticket again immediately after returning it.
    • The late fee for tickets is 0.35 euros/day. The library will send you an overdue notice immediately after the due date.
    • If you do not return the ticket within three days of the due date, the ticket will be deactivated and it will no longer be valid. You will be charged the replacement fee of the ticket.

    Vaasa city orchestra season cards

    Vaasa city orchestra season cards will not be available for the time being,

    • Two Grande season cards to the orchestra’s spring 2021 concerts.
    • The Grande season cards have no assigned seats, all seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Each ticket comes in a ticket holder with hanging strap.
    • The replacement fee for a ticket is 200 euros.

    Vaasa city theatre

    Vaasa city theatre season cards will not be available for the time being,

    • Two season tickets available for checkout.
    • Each season ticket entitles you to one ticket per checkout to a Vaasa city theatre production.
    • The date of the performance must fall within the loan period of the season ticket.
    • The season tickets cannot be used for concerts, visiting shows, opening night performances, or shows that are sold out.
    • Redeem your tickets by showing the season ticket at the theatre’s box office at Pitkäkatu 53. The season ticket alone does not entitle you to enter the auditorium.
    • If you exchange a ticket that you have purchased with a season ticket, you will be charged an exchange fee of 10 euros.
    • You can only exchange the tickets for tickets to another performance on the same week.
    • Each ticket comes in a ticket holder with hanging strap.
    • The replacement fee for a lost ticket is 200 euros.

    What’s on in Vaasa City Theatre (in Finnish)

    Wasa teater

    Wasa teater season card will not be available for the time being,

    • One season ticket available for checkout.
    • Season ticket entitles you totwo tickets per checkout to a Wasa teater production.
    • The date of the performance must fall within the loan period of the season ticket.
    • The season tickets cannot be used for concerts, visiting shows, opening night performances, or shows that are sold out.
    • Redeem your tickets by showing the season ticket at the theatre’s box office at Hietasaarenkatu 7. The season ticket alone does not entitle you to enter the auditorium.
    • Each ticket comes in a ticket holder with hanging strap.
    • The replacement fee for a lost ticket is 200 euros.

    What's on in Wasa teater (in Swedish)

  • Ilmoitustaulu
  • No dogs allowed
  • Newspapers and Magazines is open on Sundays 12:00-15:00. You can use computers and read newspapers, The entrance is on Raastuvankatu on Sundays. 

  • Play the digital piano in the Music and arts section in the main library. Borrow headphones at customer service desk (2nd floor).

  • Listen to CDs in the Music and arts section in the main library. Borrow headphones at the 2nd floor customer service desk.

    Listen to CDs in the Children and young adults section in the main library. Borrow headphones at the customer service desk.

  • Registeration for Celia
  • There are lending machines near Info (1st floor), in the children and young adults department (1st floor) and on the second floor.

  • Lockers will be emptied every night. To enquire about items left in the lockers, please contact the police lost property office.

  • TET-oppilaaksi Vaasan kaupunginkirjastoon?
  • Bringing the library to you

    The pop up library brings the library out beyond its walls to you. Spot the book bike Laina at the railway station, the market square, a shopping centre, or a public event. Visit the pop up library to borrow books, renew your loans, and to find out about library services.

    Invite the pop up library to your public or private event. We will bring a selection of books and other materials handpicked especially for your event. Please, contact us at least a month in advance to make sure that the book bike is available on the date of your event.

    Contact: kirjasto.popup@vaasa.fi

  • You can order regional loans from Fredrika libraries: Korsnäs, Kristiinankaupunki, Kruunupyy, Luoto, Maalahti, Mustasaari, Närpiö, Pedersöre, Pietarsaari, Uusikaarlepyy and Vöyri. Regional loan costs 2 euros.

    Questions? Email kaukopalvelu@vaasa.fi

  • Story hours
  • You can book a guided tour of the library for your group. Choose a tour of the whole library or a specific section.
    If you are unsure what kind of tour would be best for your group, we will be happy to advise you. If you want to bring your group to the library,
    please contact us at least two weeks in advance.

    • Main library's adult groups: information specialist Merja Kunnari, tel. 06-325 3554, merja.kunnari@vaasa.fi
    • Immigrants: information specialist Eeva Keski-Saari, tel. 040 183 7027, eeva.keski-saari@vaasa.fi
    • Senior citizens: pedagogical information specialist Heli Pohjanhovi, heli.pohjanhovi@vaasa.fi, tel. 06-325 3531
  • You can pick up your reservations on the 1st floor. The reservation shelves are near Info.

    • In all locations except Merikaarto. Get the user ID and password from a customer service desk. Please note: The user ID and password are changed monthly.
    • Log in as vaasa-guest.
    • Check that your computer is using automatic network settings.
    • Open the browser.
    • The browser will take you to the login page.
    • Enter the user ID and password.