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 The library’s collections offer information, skills and recreation to all customers. The broad variety of materials includes:

  • Fiction and non-fiction
  • Children's literature and youth literature
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Databases and electronic collections
  • Audio books and films
  • Recorded and sheet music, instrument guides
  • Board games, video games for PC and consoles
  • Language courses
  • Maps and guides

There are about one million items in the collections. Most of the collections are in Finnish, but especially fiction can also be found in other languages. More than 80% of the library’s collectionsis made up of books.

Non-fiction written in English and other languages is situated amidst Finnish non-fiction on the second floor of the Main Library. English-language music materials can be found in the Music Department on the third floor of the Main Library.

English-language fiction can be found next to the reading room on the third floor of the Main Library.


All material in the library is shown in the library database. You can search the database either by using the PC's in the library or at home through the Internet. In addition to information searches, customers can renew their loans, make reservations or give feedback on the library’s services. To the Keski Library Database

In addition to the library's own database and printed collections, the library provides access to a number of online databases and elecronic collections. Most of these are in Finnish; those in other languages are listed below.

Available only in the library

Available at home (login with library card)

  • PressReader: Over 6000 international newspapers in 60 languages. The database displays every issue from the past 2 months.
  • Naxos Music Library: Over one million CD Quality tracks of Classical, Jazz, Blues and World Music.

More information about electronic collections can be found on the website of Keski libraries.

Regional collection

The Regional Library collects narrative literature, poems and plays by authors from Central Finland.

Acquisitions of the regional collection include non-fiction depicting Central Finland, such as local and personal histories, communal and cultural life, nature, industry and commerce.

The regional collection includes magazines and newspapers that have been published or are being published in Central Finland. The magazines are in the form of original publications and the newspapers in the form of both original publications and microfilms. Musical recordings produced and performed by artists from Central Finland are acquired to serve as samples. The regional collection also preserves small publications, for instance, tourist brochures, maps and programmes.

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