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Jyväskylä City Library - Regional Library of Central Finland


Services for immigrants and foreigners | Customer PCs and Wifi | Digitizing room | Interlibrary lending service | Premises available for rent and use | Reference desk | Advice and guidance | Ask a librarian

The library offers material collections, network material, information services, customer workstations and library premises for the use of its customers.

Customers can make reservations and suggestions for the material. Material can also be ordered from other libraries. These orders are subject to a fee.

The library can also be visited on the Internet: a customer can renew his/her loans, make reservations and cancel them through the library’s database. To visit the library on the Internet, customer needs a pin number, which is available from the library. Because of data protection reasons, pin number can only be obtained by visiting the library personally.

Services for Immigrants and Foreigners

The collections of the library include literature for children and adults in many languages. When making acquisitions, the library especially takes into consideration those immigrants and foreigners who live in Jyväskylä. The leaflet outlining library rules and charges is available in Swedish, English, Russian, Farsi and Kurdish.

Customer PCs and Wifi

Jyväskylä City Library offers its customers access to the Internet. Customer PCs offer access to the World Wide Web, word processing and printing. The PCs can be used during the opening hours of the library. Advance reservations can be made by phoning on tel. 014 266 4123 (Main Library) or on the Internet at

All branches of the Jyväskylä City Library offer a wireless internet connection to their customers for free. The wireless connection can be used on customers' personal devices. Some libraries also forrow laptops for use in the library. Passwords and other information on wireless connections will be available at the service desk of your local library.

  • PCs can be used free of charge, but printouts are charged at 0,40 €/page.
  • Most of the PCs are equipped with Microsoft Office. Customers can use their own USB memory sticks.
  • In the Main Library's first floor and second floor, there are 15-minute non-stop PCs that cannot be booked in advance.
  • Customers are required to have a valid library card and a password in order to use the PCs that can be pre-booked.

Digitizing room

The digitizing room is a free service for library patrons to work independently on digitizing projects. Use of the digitizing room is free of charge.

What you can do

  • convert LP records, cassettes and VHS videos into a digital format
  • rework and edit pictures, sound and music
  • scan paper pictures and slides
  • burn your work onto CDs and DVDs

Booking the digitizing room

The digitizing room can be used any time during library opening hours. The room can be reserved for 1-4 hours at a time. Reservations tel. (014) 266 4115.

Interlibrary Lending Service

Material that cannot be borrowed from the City of Jyväskylä, University or Polytechnic libraries can be ordered by using the interlibrary lending service. Books, sheet music, microcopies, recordings, videos, DVD’s, CD-ROM’s and paper copies can be ordered from interlibrary lending service.

Customers can leave an interlibrary lending request at the Main Library or at the information desk of any local library or in the internet. The library charges fees set by the lending library in addition to the reservation fee for each loan or copy.

Once the ordered material is available at the library, the customer is notified of it by e-mail, letter, text message or phone. The ordered material can then be collected from the Lending Office of the Main Library. The fees set by the library of origin are payable on collection of the loan.

Renting the Premises and Research Rooms of the Library

The Main Library rents out two lecture rooms and a clubroom to hobby groups and event organisers. For more information, contact the office of the library on tel. (014) 266 4111. There is also a music rehearsal room for rent at the Main Library.

Reference Desk

Reference Desk is situated on the second floor of the Main Library. Reference Desk provides guidance on conducting independent information retrieval, reserves books currently on loan and passes on suggested acquisitions and interlibrary loan requests for material not found in the library.

Contact information:
Reference Desk, 2nd floor, Main Library tel. (014) 266 4104
Reference Desk, Music Department, Main Library, tel. (014) 266 4115
Reference Desk, Children's Department, Main Library, tel. (014) 266 4113

Advice and Guidance on Information Searches

Libraries give school pupils, students and other groups guidance on the use of the library and information search. Times can be booked at the Reference Desk of the Main Library or at branch libraries.

Ask A Librarian - The Online Reference Service

Jyväskylä City Library is a part of the online reference enquiry service of Finnish Public Libraries. The “Ask a Librarian” service is meant for questions of referential nature. Customers can send their questions through the Internet and the Information Service of the library will find the answers from the library’s collections, databases and Internet information sources. Questions are only answered by e-mail. Ask a Librarian now!

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