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Collection 2 services
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.
Hardware 10 services
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!
- Copying machine
- Self-return shelf
Browse the internet, play games and use the library’s e-resources with a Hublet. Vähäkyrö library has 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 in the newspapers area. You can borrow a Hublet even during self-service hours.
Computers for reading online newspapers and magazines
Large touch screen monitors for reading newspapers and magazines online. Available in all locations except Merikaarto.
The library has a Playstation3 game console and games.
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.
At most units the customer computers have a printing service Princh in use. Ask the library personnel for more information.
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.
- Automatic lending machine
Room 2 services
The library has a lockable display case, movable divider screens, and wall space available to book for exhibitions.
Newspapers and magazines
The library subscribes to many newspapers and magazines and has a cosy corner where you can read them.
Service 22 services
- Accessible parking
- Accessible entrance
- Accessible toilet
The main library and the Vähäkyrö self-service library have bikes and helmets available for checkout from May through September.
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.
You can borrow a bike for up to one week at a time.
- The main library has three bikes and the Vähäkyrö self-service library one bike available for checkout.
- All bikes are 3-speed city bikes.
- Each bike comes with a helmet.
- The bikes can be reserved in advance.
Terms and conditions for borrowing a bike
You must be at least 15 to borrow a bike and you must agree to the terms and conditions for borrowing a bike. If you are under 15, you must have a parent or a guardian with you to borrow a bike. The bike will be checked out with your parent’s library card.
Borrow the bike with your library card at the first floor information desk in the main library, or in the Vähäkyrö self-service library during staffed hours. The loan period for the bikes is one week. Each bike comes with a helmet.
You are responsible for any injuries or damages to yourself or to any other person.
You are liable for any damage to the bike and for the replacement cost for missing parts. You are not responsible for damage caused by normal use, for example puncture.
You must ensure that the bike is in proper working order before use. You are responsible for pumping the tyres (the library info has a bike pump available for use) and for adjusting the bike seat.
You are responsible for the bike and the helmet until you return them to the library.
You are responsible for the bike key and must not give it to anyone else. Never leave the bike unlocked. Always store the bike in a secure location overnight.
You must agree to the Terms and conditions for borrowing a bike. By checking out a bike from the library, you confirm that you have read, understood and agreed to these terms and conditions. For questions or further information about the terms and conditions, please contact the main library info (phone 06-3253533).
Retuning a bike
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.
The library has board games and mechanical puzzles available for in library use and checkout.
Card payment option
Library fees can be paid with a credit or debit card.
When both the library and the self-service library are closed, you can return materials to the book drop by the main entrance. To return materials during self-service hours, use the self-checkout machine.
No dogs allowed
Only service dogs are allowed in the library.
eMagz Remote service
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.
- Viddla - on-demand film streaming service
- Naxos Music Library Jazz
- Naxos Music Library
The 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. Use our noticeboard to promote your event. Bring your poster to library staff, and they will set up your poster and take it down after the event.
- Celia audiobook service
You can access the self-service library with your library card and PIN code. If you are under 15 years old, you must have the permission of a parent or guardian to apply for access to the self-service library.
Self service reservations
Reservations are on a shelf near the automatic lending machine.
TET period in Vaasa city library?
The following Vaasa city libraries accept pupils for the workplace familiarization (TET) period:
Main library: email@example.com or 040-1824289.
Palosaari library: firstname.lastname@example.org or 06-325 3571
Variska library: email@example.com or 06-325 3575
Vähäkyrö self-service library: firstname.lastname@example.org or 06-325 8475
The libraries generally only accept one TET pupil / period.
The library has two hobby horses available for checkout. The loan period is two weeks, and the loans cannot be renew. Hobby horses cannot be reserved.
Storytimes in Finnish
Vähäkyrö library has regular storytimes in Finnish. The storytimes are free and open to everyone, but the stories are selected to suit children aged 3 to 6.
Free wireless internet access (WiFi)
- 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.