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

Opening Week: Ask and check the library orienteering points

During the opening week of the University, the Library welcomes especially the new students. In addition to our staff at the Customer Service desk of Linna library you will meet there a library guide who can also answer to your questions and direct you forward.

Go and find the Library Orienteering points in Linna. From our guide you’ll get the questions for seven orienteering points. When checking them you’ll learn more about library services and premises. Exercise is useful: all participants will get a prize.

On the Opening Day, Tuesday 5 September, you’ll find the library specialists at our stand in the Main building, and also with IT Helpdesk in Arvo building. Come and ask us e.g. about e-resources or our guidance services. Also try a referencing game, and click yourself a prize in Library Kimble. Welcome to meet us!

New study space in Linna is called Idea

Open study space Idea in Linna buildingLast spring the students got more working space in Linna building, when the ex-bookshop space in the main lobby was furnished as a shared group work space. A name competition was arranged for the students, and the name Idea was chosen among the suggestions.

Idea is an open working space where you can study alone or in a group, even several groups at the same time. Idea complements Linna library’s working spaces. Idea is open according to the Library’s opening hours.

In the future also some events and presentations may take place in Idea. Its use and activities are coordinated by the University Library.

More information:
Information Specialist Outi Viitasalo,

Working spaces in the Library

New exchange student, welcome to Library Orientation

Library Orientation takes 1,5 hours and includes a tour of Linna library and introduction to using library’s search portal and e-resources.


  • Monday 28.8.  12-14, 14-16
  • Tuesday 29.8. 12-14, 14-16
  • Wednesday 30.8. 12-14, 14-16
  • Friday 1.9. 12-14

Sign up at the International Office’s info desk in the Main building. We’ll meet by the entrance of the Library, in the lobby of Linna building. We’ll start a quarter past the hour. Welcome to the Library!

More information:
Information Specialist Saija Tapio,

On blog: Our response to feedback from the customer survey

To this spring’s customer survey, we received 1305 responses and feedback from all of our user groups. Our degree students were the most active group in voicing their opinions (76%). Thank you for the feedback!

One of the most important functions of the library is supporting studying and research. Both require well-functioning working spaces and the support of library’s information services at the right time. Based on the feedback the customers also think these things are important. The feedback gives us guidance on how to continue to develop both library as a working space and library’s virtual services.

Classrooms are also your working space

Library’s new versatile premises received many thanks in the survey. However the premises are in high demand and especially more room for group work was requested. It seems not all of our space options are well known, so we aim to inform the students about them more effectively.

Some have felt that checking the availability of group work rooms in the Office 365 calendar is difficult. You can view current week’s reservations also on the Group work rooms web page (Facilities and equipment -> Group work rooms) and on the Booking instructions page by clicking the names of the group work rooms.

Opetusluokka Alma Linnassa

In Linna library the classroom Alma is also available outside of teaching hours for students to use with their key card

During last semester, we got one new bookable group work room in Linna (Vanhala, 3016). By opening the classrooms to students with key card, we created common space for both independent study at the computer and group work. Because there were questions regarding the use of the classrooms, we defined the way to use the rooms with colour signs.

In Linna the classrooms Akseli and Alma are red, meaning spaces for quiet work. The third classroom Elina and Arvo library’s Mauri are yellow spaces where even group work is possible as long as you consider the other users also. Additionally the former bookshop space beside the lobby by the Kalevantie entrance in Linna is a space where several groups can work at the same time.

Comfortable chairs are comfortable to sit on and study. On the other hand, students are knowledgeable about good ergonomics. In addition to the existing standing work places, we recently received new adjustable standing desks. Chairs will be acquired if possible. Check all the corners of the library, there you can find many kinds of seating.

Andor assists in finding information

Andor logoThe new and long awaited information search system Andor has been in service since autumn. It has been continually developed within the possibilities of technology listening to customers’ feedback. In the survey feedback, Andor received both thanks and criticism.

It takes time to learn to use a new search tool. We will strengthen Andor’s marketing and continue user-training workshops. Andor guide is there to help the user and we are also here to help through chat, online, email, Andor and Tamcat’s feedback form or in the Library.

Guidance and training flexibly online

Varaa ohjausaika -ikoniWe want to develop flexible services also online. The real time connection to library experts through chat service received many thanks in the survey. From now on we offer the personal Book a Librarian service also online to those customers for whom it is difficult to come to the library. When you are booking your time, choose remote guidance as the meeting place on the form.

Online sections have already been used on information seeking courses integrated into degree programmes. Online teaching will be used also in the future to facilitate flexible studies. The new Managing Research Information online course aimed at researchers was offered for the first time this spring and it turned out to be a good way for researchers’ training. We will continue with online training also in the future.

The survey responses gave us many ideas that we will develop and implement gradually. Follow our newsfeed to keep up to date.

Text and photo: Outi Viitasalo, Development and Administrative Services
Translation: Saija Tapio

Colours guide the use of Library’s working premises

May I speak or not? Library’s working premises are in huge demand, but talking and use of devices has brought us feedback especially after we opened the classrooms for the customers outside the courses. Now you can see colourful signs demonstrating whether you can discuss freely and use devices or not on the premises.

On the green premises you can tap on the laptop and talk. Group work rooms are green premises, so is Pohjantähti multipurpose space on Linna library’s 1st floor. Although the green sign allows mobile phone usage, in Linna library it is best to make the phone calls in the phone booths on the 2nd and 3rd floor.

On the yellow premises you can use laptop and speak in a low voice if necessary. Linna’s classroom Elina (3022)  and small multipurpose room Pentinkulma are yellow spaces, so it Arvo library’s classroom Mauri. In Pentinkulma you can do group work, so even in Elina, if you cannot find any other space, but remember to take the other students around into consideration.

The red sign means silent working space. In Linna’s Akseli and Alma classrooms you can concentrate on your own work at the computer.

The most silent premises in the Library are the Silent Reading Rooms in Linna and in Arvo library’s Learning Center. In Linna’s reading room there is even a separate reading space where the use of devices is not allowed.

Give us feedback: do the color signs guide the use of library spaces? You can also give feedback on library premises and other services in our User Survey until 9 April.

Working premises in the Library
Floor maps: Linna library and Arvo library

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