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Collection 9 services

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The section for children and young adults is located on the first floor of the main library.

    Buggy/pushchair access through main entrance on Kirjastonkatu: Use the platform lift next to the Public information centre, or turn left to the Newspapers and magazines section and walk through Café Proosa.

    Buggy/pushchair access through the entrance on Raastuvankatu: Walk through the Café Proosa and turn left.

    Childcare room/Accessible toilet by main entrance.

    The children's section has yellow bookshelves with picture books (in Finnish, Swedish and English), fairy tales, children's books, easy readers and poems.

    There are separate trolleys for picture books about:

    • Vehicles and traffic
    • School (ABC, numbers, colours, starting day care/school)
    • Family and everyday situations
    • Health

    The parent shelf has picture books dealing with difficult topics that you can read together with your child. The shelf also has helpful books for parents, teachers and caregivers.

    The children's section does not have non-fiction books, but many books in the non-fiction section for young people and young adults are suitable for children. 

    The children's music corner has music for children (CDs, songbooks, sheet music), and DVDs and audio books for children.

     

    Young people and young adults in the main library

    The section for young people and young adults has red bookshelves with:

    • fiction for young people
    • comic books for children, young people and young adults
    • joke books for children, young people and young adults
    • non-fiction for children, young people and young adults
    • foreign language books for children, young people and young adults (in other languages than Finnish, Swedish and English)
    • DVDs for young people and young adults
    • audio books for young people and young adults
    • video games for young people and young adults

    The library has video games for the following consoles:

    • PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
    • Xbox, Xbox Kinect, Xbox One
    • Nintendo Wii, Nintendo WiiU, Nintendo DS and 3DS

    There are separate fiction sections for stories about ghost, sports and horses. The horse section also has non-fiction books about horses and horseback riding. 

    The young adult section by the stairs has young adult fiction, fantasy and sci-fi in Finnish and Swedish, and manga comics. 

    The section for young people and young adults has a customer service desk, 4 public computers and a library catalogue station.

  • 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.

  • The Hanken School of Economics has a small collection of law and economics books in the Vaasa city main library. The collection consists mainly of Hanken’s course books. The collection is open for everyone and the books are available for checkout with a Vaasa city library card.

    The loan period for Hanken’s course books is two weeks, and the collection has several copies of each title.  The pickup period for reserved course books is four days.

    All other books in the collection have a loan period of 28 days.

  • 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 40 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.

  • 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 has a self-service copy machine available for public use. The copy machine is located in the library lobby, and the cost per page is 0.50 € for black and white copies, and 1.00 € for colour copies. Pay for your copies at the first floor information desk.

    You can also use the copy machine to scan images to a USB drive free of charge.

    Instructions on how to use the copy machine are displayed on the wall by the copy machine.

  • Infrared thermometer. Tarmo.  Measuring range -50 – 300 C. With bag and two leaflets.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • Two blood pressure monitors. Omron M2. With bag and five leaflets.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • Thermo detector. Bosch PTD 1. With bag and three leaflets.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • A ukulele. A Gecko soprano ukulele with carry bag. Please inform the staff if you break a string on the ukulele. We will replace the broken string. 

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • Wall scanner. Bosch GMS 120. With bag and five leaflets.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • Prof. With ball probe, bag and user manual.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • Impact Drill. Makita HP1641FJ, 680 W. Dual purpose for "Rotation only" and "Rotation with hammering". Max. 30 mm (in wood), 16 mm (in masonry), 13 mm (in steel). With side handle and depth stop. With carry case and two leaflets. Note! Drill bits are not included, you need to buy them yourself.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • Play the digital piano in the Music and arts section in the main library. Borrow headphones at customer service desk (2nd floor).

  • The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.

    Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities:

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.

    The tool and equipment collection is located in the main library lobby. See list of tools.

  •  Main library has electric drums and electric guitar in Makerspace.

  • The main library has an electric guitar and an amplifier in Makerspace. You can play the guitar in the library. The guitar and amplifier are a donation from the music store Pihlajamaan Musiikki.

  • The VAMK University of Applied Sciences has donated a Scribbler S3 robot to Vaasa city library. The robot is available for checkout at the main library first floor information desk, and the loan period is two weeks.

    The Scribbler S3 can be programmed to move around, navigate, avoid obstacles, draw with a pen, and even play a tune. You do not have to know a lot about coding to use the Scribbler S3. To access the visual programming tool BlocklyProp online and to visit the English user’s guide simply scan the QR code or use the URL printed on the side of the robot. To charge the Scribbler S3 use a USB charging cable.

    The Scribbler in action.

  • Kaksi äänituntumasoitinta
  • Installation level. Ironside 102277.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • Staple gun. Rapid R23. For tacking fabric, canvas, leather, posters etc. Capacity 156 x 13/4, 6 and 8 mm staples. Note! Staples not included, you need to buy them yourself. Staple remover. Rapid R3. Removes almost any staple.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.

     

  • Laboratoriosalkku
  • The main library has a new reservations pick up shelf. Scan your card at the reader by the reservations shelf to see where on the shelf your reservations are located.

  • Two folding music stands. Quiklok MS-330NB. With carry bag.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • Main library, Café Proosa.

    • Use the microwave to heat up snacks, small meals and baby food.
    • Do not put anything else than food in the microwave.
    • Use your own microwave-safe containers. 
    • Never use a metal container to heat up food in the microwave.
    • Wipe up any spills and splatters. Please leave the microwave clean for the next person
  • Sound level meter. Extech 407730. Measures from 40 to 130 dBs. With a bag and user manual.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • Two energy meters. Axxel. 230 V AC 50 Hz, maximum load 3680 W/16 A, meter accuracy ± 1%, 2.0” LCD display. With a bag and user manual. A donation from Vaasan sähkö.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • Two electricity usage monitors. Axxel. 230 V, 16 A, maximum load 3680 W/16 A, meter accuracy ± 2%, 1.5 m cord. With a bag and user manual. A donation from Vaasan sähkö.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • Battery charger. CTEK MXS 3.8, 12V/3.8A. For all types of 12 V lead-acid batteries from 1.2Ah up to 80Ah. Connect clamps and connect eyelets included.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.

     

  • Two 39-piece tool kits. 8 Allen keys, 3 m tape measure, 6" adjustable spanner, 4 precision screwdrivers, snipe-nose pliers, side cutter, hammer, utility knife, multi-bit screwdriver with 20 bits.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.
  • 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, Palosaari 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 has an Epson DS-50000 scanner in the Makerspace room. Epson DS-50000 is ideal for scanning large-size, hardbound and fragile documents. The 4-line CCD sensor (RGB and black) provides vivid color and crisp, sharp text, and the scanner’s software offers powerful tools for image editing.

    The Document capture pro software on the Makerspace computer allows you to scan documents and pictures up to size A3 (600 dpi).

    Please bring a USB memory device to save your scans.

    Using the scanner is free of charge.

    Please inform the staff of any problems with the scanner.

    You can book the scanner for up to 4 hours at a time.

    To book the scanner, visit the main library information desk (first floor) or call 06-325 3533.

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

    • 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.
  • Browse the internet and use the library’s e-resources with a Hublet. The main library has four Hublet tablets that you can borrow for in-library use, for up to two hours. To release a Hublet from the docking station you only need your Vaasa city library card and PIN code. The Hublet docking station is located on the first floor.

    Borrow a hublet-tablet

    • 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.
  • Two litter pickers. Fiskars Solid. In a carry bag. A donation from the city of Vaasa parks department.

    The loan period for tools and equipment is two weeks. You can reserve tools and equipment and choose from which Vaasa city library location you would like to pick up your reservation.Return the tools and equipment to a library circulation desk. Do not use a book drop or a self-return machine.

    Borrower responsibilities

    • You are responsible for the tools and equipment checked out in your name.
    • Handle the tools and equipment carefully. You are liable for any damage to the tools and equipment caused by improper use.
    • The library is not responsible for any damage caused by the tools or equipment. Please report any faulty tools and equipment to the library staff.
    • Clean the tools and equipment before you return them to the library.
    • The library cannot provide additional instruction on the operation of tools and equipment. Please, refer to the user guides if you need help using the tools and equipment.

Room 14 services

  • 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.

    Further information

    • Max Bäckman, puh. 040-1831956, max.backman@vaasa.fi­­­
  • 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.

    Further information

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

     

  • 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.

    Further information:

    Max Bäckman, puh. 040-1831956, max.backman@vaasa.fi­­­

  • Games room Pessi: Rules of conduct

    • The games room has the following consoles: PlayStation 4, 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 take one game at a time to the games room.
    • A player or a group of players can use the games room for one hour per day.
    • Four people are allowed in the room at the same time
    • Be considerate of other players and behave in a manner that does not disrupt them.
    • Do not eat or drink in the games room.
    • You are responsible for the game and the games room equipment while you are playing.
    • Failure to comply with these rules will result in a temporary ban from the games room.
    • Return the game and the controller to the customer service desk when you stop playing. The librarian will give you your library card back.
    • Play and have fun but keep the noise level down.

    Welcome to the games room Pessi!

    • 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

  • Draama-hall is suitable for lectures and culture events. 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)
    • 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 (In finnish)

    Further information

    • Facilities manager, tel. 040 4840652
    • Facilities manager, tel. 040 567 2487
    • Facilities manager, tel. 0400 404171
    • E-mail: kirjasto.draama-sali@vaasa.fi
  • - 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.

    - The computer can be connected to the TV with an HDMI cable.

    - No sound system available.

    - You can provide your own catering and refreshments (no alcohol); please note that you will be responsible for cleaning up after the event.

    Book Venny (in finnish)

    Further information

    • Facilities manager, tel. 040 4840652
    • Facilities manager, tel. 040 567 2487
    • Facilities manager, tel. 0400 404171
    • kirjasto.draama-sali@vaasa.fi
  • 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.

    Booking: Main library Info (tel. 06-325 3533).

    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.

  • 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. 

     

  • Toivo is a silent study room located in the Music and Arts section on the second floor of the main library. The room fits 1–4 people, and you can book it free of charge up to 4 hours per day. To book Toivo, call 06 325 3540, email kirjasto.tietopalvelu@vaasa.fi or visit the customer service desk on the second floor of the main library.

  • Play the guitar and the electronic drum in the Makerspace sound room.

    Book the sound room at the first floor information desk (max. 2 hours per booking).

    The staff from the first floor information desk will let you in the sound room when your time begins and give you the key to the equipment cabinet with the drumsticks, an electric guitar, an amplifier, necessary cables and headphones.

    You are responsible for the equipment while you use it. Report any malfunctions to the staff.

    Tidy up after yourself and put the equipment back in the lockable cabinet. Return the key to the information desk when your booking ends. If you lose the key, you will be charged the replacement fee (10 euros).

  • 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.

  • Museum is open during summertime. 

    More information:

    Puh. 040 520 6156 Anneli Ketonen

    Puh. 040 748 5595 Tuula Pitkäranta

  • Story hour corner

    The soft carpet in the story room is ideal for babies and toddlers.

    • Read, play and relax.
    • Hang up your coat and leave your shoes in the shoe rack outside the story room.
    • Leave the pram outside the story room.
    • You can build huts, tunnels and more out of the floor cushions, but do not stack cushions and climb on them.
    • Do not jump down from a stack of cushions, an armchair or the window ledge.
    • Do not throw toys or cushions.
    • Do not eat or drink in the story room.
    • When you leave the story room, put all toys and games back where they belong.
    • Please be considerate of other children and adults in the story room and in the children’s section.
    • Parent/guardian: You are responsible for the child/children in the story room. Never leave your child unattended in the story room.

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  • The main library entrance on Kirjastonkatu has a wheelchair ramp and an automatic door opener. The vestibule door is automatic.

    The information desk is below the entrance level. Accessible route to the information desk: to the left from the lobby, through the Newspapers room and Café Proosa. There are accessible ramps from the lobby to the Newspapers room and from the Newspapers room to Café Proosa.

    The main exit has automatic doors.

    Raastuvankatu entrance: The door opens automatically when you touch it.

  • The main library has two elevators, one opposite the information desk, and the other along the corridor leading to the Newspapers and magazines room.

    The elevator by the information desk goes to the second floor and to Datero on the third floor. The elevator next to the Newspapers room goes to second floor (the elevator opens to art gallery Teema) and to the Finnish library museum on the third floor during the museum’s opening hours.

    Accessible route from the main entrance to the elevator by the information desk: through the Newspapers room and Café Proosa.

    The elevator next to the Newspapers room is situated on the same level as the main entrance.

    There is a platform lift located in the main entrance lobby near the Public information centre.

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

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

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

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

  • The main library and the Vähäkyrö self-service library have bikes and helmets available for checkout.

    In the main library, the bikes are located in the bike stand outside the Draama hall, and you can borrow them with your library card at the first floor information desk. By the end of the loan period, return the bike to the bike stand and the bike key to the information desk. In the Vähäkyrö self-service library, you can borrow and return a bike during staffed hours, on Fridays by 15:00 at the latest.

    The bikes can be checked out for up to one week at a time.

    • the main library has three city bikes and the Vähäkyrö self-service library one city bike available for checkout

    Borrow a bike in the main library at the first floor information desk, or at the Vähäkyrö self-service library during staffed hours. The bikes are checked out with a library card for up to one week at a time.

    VENNY BIKES TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    GENERAL

    The borrower must be at least 15 years of age and agree to the Venny bikes terms and conditions.

    Children under 15 years of age may borrow a bike, if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian; the bike must be checked out with the parent’s or the guardian’s library card.

    Venny bikes are checked out with a library card for one week at a time.  

    You can book Venny bike. 

    BORROWER RESPONSIBILITY

    The borrower is responsible for any injuries or damages to themselves or to any other person.

    The borrower is liable for any damage to the bike and for the replacement cost for missing parts. The borrower is not responsible for damage caused by normal use, for example puncture.

    The borrower must ensure that the bike is in proper working order before use. The borrower is responsible for pumping the tyres (the library info has a bike pump available for use) and for adjusting the bike seat.

    The borrower is responsible for the bike and the helmet until they are returned.

    The borrower is responsible for the bike key and must not give it to anyone else. The bike must never be left unlocked. Always store the bike in a secure location overnight.

    The borrower must agree to the Venny bikes terms and conditions. By checking out a bike from the library the borrower confirms having read, understood and agreed to the terms and conditions. For questions or further information about the Venny bikes terms and conditions, please contact the main library info (phone 06-3253533).

    RETURN

    The late fee for overdue bikes is 10 € per day but not exceeding 70 €. Reminder fees and invoicing fees are the same as with other library materials. The borrower’s deductible in the event of damage is the cost of the damage, but not exceeding 600 €. The maximum fee applies to irreparable damage, theft, and to lost or unreturned bike.

     

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

  • Do you have books or magazines that you do not need anymore? Bring them to the Book swap corner in the main library lobby! The idea of book swap is to “bring a book, take a book”, but you are welcome to take a book even if you do not have one to leave behind.

    Please do not bring: old library books; dirty, mouldy or damaged books; multi-volume sets of encyclopaedias; or anthology collection of abridged book, e.g. Reader’s Digest condensed books.

  • 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

  • Closed for the time being.

  • 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.

    Ohjaamo Pohjanmaa is a guidance center for those under 30. The service is free and open to everyone. You can get help with jobseeking, education or if you just want to talk to someone.

    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.

  • Problems with your computer? Trouble printing or scanning? Online form not opening? Contact the Digi Help Service!

    Visit the Digi Help Service in the main library lobby Mon–Fri 10:00–17:00. Or contact the service by phone at 040 5291325, or email tommi.kallio-kujala@vaasa.fi

    In Finnish and English.

     

  • The main library book drop is located on the side of the library that faces Rautatienkatu. The book drop will remain open even during library opening 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
  • 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.

  • The library offers a variety of book clubs for people who love reading and discussing books. Most clubs accept new members at any time. – Only in Finnish and Swedish.

  • The Vaasa city libraries subscribe to various print newspapers and magazines, and provides access to thousands of magazines, journals and newspapers through various online resources. Past issues of print magazines are usually available for check out, but current issues are for in-library use only.

    The main library newspapers and magazines reading room is located on the first floor.  The room has a microfilm reader/printer available for public use.

     

  • Only service dogs are allowed in the library.

  • Newspapers and Magazines is open on Sundays during winter opening hours 10:00-13:00. You can use computers and read newspapers, The entrance is on Raastuvankatu on Sundays. 

  •  General rules:

    • The tickets are available for checkout at the main library and Variska library.
    • You must return the ticket to the library where you borrowed it.
    • Loan period: 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 the tickets that are available for checkout. Exchange the copy for the actual ticket at the first floor information desk. Variska library: ask for the season tickets at the information desk.
    • You cannot borrow a ticket again on a same day after returning it.
    • Late fee: 0.20 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.

    Season tickets for checkout

  • 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.

  • Read Finnish magazines anywhere with the eMagz Remote service. The magazines available in the service are: Et-lehti, Gloria, Ihana, Kamera-lehti, Kippari, Kotiliesi käsityö, Me Naiset, Puutarhan Aarteet, Suomen Kuvalehti, Tekniikan Maailma, Tiede Luonto, Tuulilasi, Unelmien Talo & Koti.

    eMagz Remote only allows a limited number of simultaneous users. If you cannot access a magazine, please try again later.

    You can use eMagz Remote on your computer, smartphone or tablet, wherever you are. The service only allows only a limited number of simultaneous users.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    Naxos Music Library Jazz.

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

  • ePress provides online access to over 200 Finnish newspapers.

    Access ePress on a library computer, a Hublet tablet or a computer for online newspapers and magazines.

  • The main library has a public noticeboard for posters and notices about cultural, educational and religious events. The posters must clearly display the event start and end date. The noticeboard is located at the main exit.

    Use our noticeboard to promote your event. Bring your poster to the first floor information desk, and the library staff will set up your poster and take it down after the event.

  • The Ellibs service hosts the national collection of literature for children and youth. The collection offers books and audiobooks in Finnish and Swedish. Some adult literature can still be found in Ellibs, aquired when Ellibs was the library's main e-book resource.

  • 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.

  • 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

    • Do you have a print disability? Sign up for a Celia account for access to online audiobooks.
    • Please contact the library for more information.
  • You can pick up your reservations on the 1st floor. The reservation shelves are near Info.

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

  • The following Vaasa city libraries accept pupils for the workplace familiarization (TET) period:

    Main library: anna.pakka@vaasa.fi 

    Palosaari library: kirjasto.palosaari@vaasa.fi or 06-325 3571

    Variska library: kirjasto.variska@vaasa.fi or 06-325 3575

    Vähäkyrö self-service library: kirjasto.vahakyro@vaasa.fi or 06-325 8475

    The libraries generally only accept one TET pupil / period.

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  • 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

  • The main library has regular storytimes in Finnish and Swedish. The storytimes are free and open to everyone, but the stories are selected to suit children aged 3 to 6.

    • 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.