Linna’s Silent Reading Room closed from Midsummer until September

Linna library’s Silent Reading Room will be renovated and its premises will be out of customer use. The renovation begins after Midsummer and is planned to be finished by the beginning of September. After the renovation the reading room will also get new furnishings.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the renovation. The other working premises in Linna are available normally according to the summertime opening hours. The Learning Center in Arvo library is available 24/7 for the University students with the key card.

Study spaces in the Library
Summertime opening hours

More information: Leena Horsma-aho, Manager,

Late return of short loans does not bring a borrowing-ban any more

If you return a short loan late to the Library, you will not get a borrowing ban for one week any more. However, the overdue charge of 15 euros remains. Borrowing ban practice was removed during changes in the library systems.

The short loan books that can be borrowed for a day or weekend supplement the Library’s textbook collection. They are intended to circulate quickly from one reader to another, so the students have wished that the consequences of a late return are noticeable. The Library assumes that an overdue charge of 15 euros is a sufficient stimulus to returning in time.

In Linna library the pink information slips have been removed from the short loan copies. So when you borrow a short loan, we recommend that you keep the receipt with the due date and time.

Library’s borrowing practices on the website

Tamy’s Vappulakki award to the Library

The Student Union of the University of Tampere, Tamy, gave its time-honoured Vappulakki award to Tampere University Library this year.

The award diploma says: “Tampere University Library is not only buildings or books; the library consists also of people, refuges and support. Everyone who has studied at the universities in Tampere knows the library, that has helped to create student culture for decades as an institution.”

Vappulakki award is an acknowledgement awarded annually to a party in Tampere or in the surrounding area that has promoted student culture in a significant manner. The Culture Section of Tamy has distributed the award annually since the year 2001. E.g. Tampereen Ylioppilasteatteri (Student Theatre), Sorsapuisto park and Tullikamari Cultural Centre have been awarded Vappulakki in recent years.

The Library proudly thanks for the recognition!

About Vappulakki award on Tamy website

You can still influence the services of Tampere3 library

User Survey 2018 logoYou still have time to influence the development of your future services in Tampere3 library. User Survey is available until the end of this week. You’ll find the link to the survey also on the Library website.

Don’t forget to participate also the raffle of useful prizes. We’ll raffle off 3 rainproof Rains backpacks, 3 necessary fire blankets, 3 practical frying pans, books, 20 reading lights you can attach to a book, 30 handy & versatile bicycle lamps, 40 movie tickets, 7 gift vouchers for city buses (à 10 €), and small packages of products.

Thank you for your feedback!

More information:
Outi Viitasalo,, and Sonja Mattsson,

Influence the services of Tampere3 library in User Survey

User Survey 2018 logoThe libraries of Tampere3 universities are now building the services of the common Tampere3 library. Come along and share your opinion about the current services in our User Survey! Respond to the survey by 31 March and participate also in a prize draw.

The User Survey is simultaneously open for the libraries of Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Technology and University of Tampere. The survey is aimed at students, researchers and other staff of the university as well as all the other customers of the library.

You can grade both the importance and functionality of the library services. Please feel free to share your comments and suggestions with us. You’ll find the link to the survey on our website. Answering only takes a few minutes.

Link to the survey

Win prizes

Don’t forget to participate also in the prize draw. After responding to the survey, give your contact information on a separate form.

Among all the respondents of Tampere3 libraries we will raffle off plenty of useful prizes: 3 rainproof Rains backpacks, 3 necessary fire blankets, 3 practical frying pans, books, 20 reading lights you can attach to a book, 30 handy & versatile bicycle lamps, 40 movie tickets, 7 gift vouchers for city buses (à 10 €), and small packages of products.

More information at Tampere University Library:
Outi Viitasalo,, and Sonja Mattsson,

Links to the survey on Library website

Guess, win prizes and get the Library’s overall badge

Badge jar in February's contestDo you have the Library’s hearty overall badge yet? From Valentine Day (14 Feb) take part in our “Badge & Jar” contest – come to our Customer Service, guess how many overall badges there are in the jar and get your own badge.

Those who guess right will get a handy, versatile bicycle lamp. Moreover, among all the participants we’ll raffle.

  • movie tickets (10 pcs)
  • reading lights (you can attach to a book, 10 pcs)
  • bicycle lamps (10 pcs)
  • adhesive screen wipers (10 pcs)

You can make your guess either at the Library’s Customer Service or on our social media channels Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Badge & Jar contest and the distribution of overall badges will continue until the end of February. Good luck!

Touch screen in Linna’s Idea for group work

Open studying space Idea in Linna

In Linna’s open studying space there is now an interactive touch screen that is available for students’ group work. The screen is beside the wall on Pinninkatu side, and with a slight turn it is handily available for groups working near it.

By the screen there are instructions. With your group you can access your materials and online contents when you connect your own device to the screen. You can also use the screen with the touch pen that is behind the screen. If needed, you can ask for a remote control at the Library’s Customer Service.

In Idea you can study alone or in groups. It is open according to the Library’s opening hours, and the Library coordinates its use. Open events of the University are also occasionally held in Idea.

Study spaces in the Library
About Linna library’s study spaces on blog

More information:
Manager Leena Horsma-aho, Student Information Services

On Blog: Choose your seat, student

Did you know that in Linna library there is a wide variety of study spaces available to you? When you come to the Library, choose a suitable seat and concentrate on studying. You can read or use your laptop or tablet in the University’s wireless networks.

Space for studying in Linna, 2nd floor

On all three floors of Linna library you can find different kinds of study spaces.

Cosy armschairs near the windows, Linna 2nd floor

You can e.g. sit on a comfortable armchair near the windows on the 2nd floor or

Sofa group in multipurpose space Pohjantähti

withdraw to a sheltered sofa in multipurpose space Pohjantähti on the 1st floor,

Adjustable standing desks in Linna library

or you can work in a healthy manner standing at an adjustable table.

Computers in Learning Center, Linna 3rd floor

Computers are available in Linna’s Learning Center on the 3rd floor and

Working in classroom Alma, Linna 3rd floor

on the same floor in the three clasrooms when they are not occupied by teaching. The classrooms Alma and Akseli are intended for silent working, but in Elina you can also work together if necessary, using low voice. Color signs guide the use of different spaces.

Linna's Silent Reading Room

The most silent working space in Linna is Silent Reading Room on the 2nd floor. It is available for the University students 24/7. You can use laptop or tablet in the larger area of the Reading Room, but the glass-walled area is reserved only for readers. When the Library is open you enter the Reading Room via a separate staircase from the main lobby of Linna building. At other times use the side door situated opposite the Finnish Student Health Service building using your key card.

Starting group work together

Studying is often lonely, but luckily there is group work.

Linna's group work rooms: open room Rokka

You can do group work in Linna in five group work rooms that you book in your Office365 calendar (see booking instructions) or in the three rooms that are open for flexible use. Of these three in Rokka and Koskela there is room even for two groups at the same time.

Multiputpose working space Pohjantähti in Linna

You can study together also in Linna’s multipurpose spaces, Pentinkulma (3rd floor), Pohjantähti (1st floor) and

Open studying space Idea in Linna

now also in Idea that is located beside the building’s main lobby. With your group you can use Idea’s new interactive screen when needed.Open events of the University are also occasionally held in Idea.

In the Library the information resources and our specialists are near. You can always ask us, both in the Library and online.

The premises of Linna were captured with a camera by the University’s photographer Jonne Renvall one autumn day. Text by the Library’s Information Specialist Outi Viitasalo.

On Blog: Meet Linna & Arvo

Well done, congratulations new student! Welcome to the University of Tampere and its Library! The Library is available to you on both campuses, Linna library in Linna building on Main campus and Arvo library in Arvo building on Kauppi campus. See the opening hours on Library’s website.

Linna- ja Arvo-kirjastot

You can easily get a library card. Go to Linna or Arvo to activate your student card and bring your ID with you. If you don’t yet have a student card, you can borrow books using a temporary library card. Electronic student card can’t be used as a library card.

Your textbooks are in the Library. You can find most of them in Linna, Arvo has the textbooks for medicine, health sciences and biomedical technology. The number of printed books in limited but you can borrow the so called short loan copies for overnight or weekend reading. Additionally, many of the text books are available as e-books that you can also read offline. See instructions on E-book Guide.

Andor-hakupalveluYou’ll find information about the textbooks and other materials in the Andor search service and its tools on our home page. In addition to Library’s collections Andor has millions of references from international databases. Textbooks are easiest to find in Tamcat that is also a part of Andor. E-journals and databases can be found quickly on their own lists. All materials can be found via Andor but shortcuts make searching faster.

Monitoimitila Pohjantähti Linnassa

Library has many kinds of study spaces. When you are reading or working alone using your laptop you can choose from a comfortable armchair, sofa, or a desk suitable for either standing or sitting by in different areas of the Library.

Tietokoneita Linnan oppimiskeskuksessa

Computers can be found in Library’s Learning Centers and classrooms. Computers have various software and you can print using your print quota. You can also copy and scan on the multifunction printers. University’s wireless networks are available also in the Library.

Opetusluokka Alma Linnassa

The Library organizes the Basics of Information Literacy and other courses in the classrooms but you can use them with your key card when they are free. You can see the teaching hours on the display beside the door. Please see the colour signs in the classrooms and other spaces which tell you if the space is meant for quiet working or discussions.

Ryhmatyohuone Rokka Linnassa

You will need group work spaces often. The Library has both bookable and freely available group work rooms. You can do the booking via your Office365 calendar. Freely available group work rooms can fit one or more groups at the same time. Also, Linna’s multipurpose working spaces Pohjantähti and Pentinkulma are suitable for group work as long as you take those studying near you into consideration. The new open study space Idea is in the main lobby of Linna building. There you are also welcome whether alone or with a group. Events are also organized there occasionally.

Most quiet working areas are the Silent Reading Rooms that are available for you 24/7 with your key card (in Arvo also Learning Center and two group work rooms are 24/7 premises). In Linna’s Reading Room you can use your own laptop or tablet, and for readers there is a separate area where devices are not allowed.

Opiskelijoita Arvo-kirjastossa

In the Library there are many kinds of spaces and many kinds of students. Studying goes well for all of us if we only take each other into consideration and together cherish working in peace.

Library is available for you both on the spot and virtually:

Ask also in the Library. We will search for the answer.

Text: Outi Viitasalo, Information Specialist 
Photos: Erja Kymäläinen and Outi Viitasalo