Vähäkyrö self-service library

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Collection 2 services

  • 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.

  • 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.


Hardware 7 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
  • 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.

Room 2 services

Service 23 services