Avoid booking Library’s group work rooms at the turn of the year

The booking system of group work rooms will change when the new Tampere higher education community starts its operations at the beginning of 2019. At the moment bookings for group work rooms in the Library are not transferred directly to the new system.

There are already some bookings for next year. Outside these reserved times in Linna and Arvo you can use the bookable rooms in the same way as the open group work rooms until the new system is available.

Group work spaces in the new Tampere University Library from 1.1.2019

Follow the Library’s change on a new web page

Follow the change on the library's new web pageNow you can follow the Library’s changes towards the new higher education community library on our new web page. The page with change information is part of the temporary website that offers information especially to the students.

The Library’s web page is available at info2019.tuni.fi/library and you can access it also via the purple banner on the libraries’ websites. On this new page we will tell you about developing of future library services and the changes that the development work is causing already before the end of the year.

The new Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences will form a new higher education community from the beginning of 2019. At the same time the libraries of the University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences will merge into the library of the new Tampere University that offers library services both to the University and the University of Applied Sciences.

More information:
Outi Viitasalo, Information Specialist, Outi.Viitasalo@uta.fi
Library’s web page with change information

On Blog: Use your library, new student

Welcome to Tampere University Library, dear new student! Library is available to you on University’s both campuses, Linna library on Main campus and Arvo library on Kauppi campus.

Linna and Arvo libraries

At the Library you need a library card. Come and have your student card activated as a library card at the Customer Service Desk of Linna or Arvo library. Bring also your photo ID (e.g. passport) with you. Electronic student card cannot be used as a library card, so then you’ll need a separate card.

Textbooks belong to your studies and you’ll find them in the Library. Most of textbooks are located in Linna, and in Arvo there are the textbooks for medicine, health sciences and biotechnology. The number of printed books is limited but you can borrow the so called short loan copies for overnight or weekend reading. Additionally, many of the textbooks are available as e-books that you can also download and read offline. See instructions on our E-book Guide.

You’ll find information on the textbooks and other information resources on Andor search service and its tools can be found in the Andor box on our home page. On Andor there are millions of references from international databases. The easiest way to find textbooks is to use Tamcat portal that is part of Andor. You can also find all our e-journals and databases on separate lists.

In the Library you can borrow and return loans handily using self-service machines, and you can pick up your reserved books from the shelf yourself. Renew your loans and make reservations online by logging in to your account on Tamcat. You can always ask for help and guidance at the Customer Service Desk, on chat (available on the bottom corner of our website, Andor and Tamcat), on FAQ service or by email: kirjasto@uta.fi.

Arvo library on Kauppi campus

Library is also your working environment: we have a variety of study spaces. When you read or work alone with your laptop, you can choose an adjustable desk, a comfortable chair or a sofa in different parts or the Library. University’s wireless networks are available also in the Library.

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

The Library organizes the Basics of Information Literacy including in your studies 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 note the colour signs in the classrooms and other spaces. They tell you if the space is meant for quiet working or discussions.

Multipurpose working space Pohjantähti in Linna library

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. The freely available group work rooms can fit one or more groups at the same time. Also, Linna’s multipurpose working spaces Pohjantähti and Idea are suitable for group work as long as you take those studying near you into consideration. Events are also organized in Idea occasionally.

The 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.

Studying in Arvo library

In the Library there are a wide range of spaces and a wide range of students. Studying goes well if we only take each other into consideration and together cherish working in peace.

Use the Library to support your studies:

Changes at the Library: January 1st 2019 the libraries of the University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences will merge into the library of the new Tampere University and it will serve the students of both the University and TAMK.

  • Changes in the future library services are being prepared already during the autumn. The joint information systems are still being developed during the transition period, so we hope for patience from our customers. However, the Library strives to serve in the best possible way.
  • We recommend that you follow the communication of the Library on the website and in your email.

Text: Outi Viitasalo, Information Specialist
Photos: Erja Kymäläinen and Jonne Renvall / University of Tampere

Linna’s Silent Reading Room opens after renovation 3 September at 8.00

Welcome to the renewed Silent Reading Room in Linna library next week! Silent Reading Room is available again from Monday, 3 September at 8.00.

During the renovation the Reading Room’s electricity was renewed and the walls were painted. The larger part got a carpet that absorbs sound. The most visible change in the Reading Room is the new furniture that will be completed e.g. with comfortable armchairs in September.

Silent Reading Room on floor 2 in Linna is open to the customers during the Library’s opening hours. It is also available 24/7 for the students of the University of Tampere. When the Library is closed, you can access the staircase through the side door situated opposite the Finnish Student Health Service building using your key card.

More information:
Leena Horsma-aho, Manager, Student Information Services, Leena.Horsma-aho@uta.fi

Study spaces in the Library

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, Leena.Horsma-aho@uta.fi

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, Outi.Viitasalo@uta.fi, and Sonja Mattsson, Sonja.Mattsson@uta.fi

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, Outi.Viitasalo@uta.fi, and Sonja Mattsson, Sonja.Mattsson@uta.fi

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!