Research Library: Mon–Fri 11–18, Sat 11–15 | Study Centre: Mon–Fri 10–18, Sat 12–16 | Film and Media Library: Mon–Thu 10–17, Fri 10–15
Research Library: closed until 25.07
Film and Media Library: closed until 22.08
Study Center: closed until 22.08

Borrowing and returning books

All patrons with (completed or ongoing) secondary or higher education have the right to borrow items from our libraries.

Items can be borrowed from the Academic Library (Rävala ave 10) circulation desks on the 2nd and 3rd floors or the Study Centre (Narva rd 29) circulation desk or self-service machines. You can order items to the smart locker (Rävala ave 10, free service) or by courier or to Omniva parcel machine (paid service) to a suitable location in Estonia.

You can have up to 20 borrowed items at once.

Loan period

  • Most items from our stacks and reading areas can be borrowed for up to 31 days. Study materials usually have a loan period of 14 days.
  • Textbooks from the Study Centre are loaned out to TLU students for 62 days and 31 days for other patrons. Certain study materials with a higher demand will be loaned out to everyone for 14 days. Items can be renewed up to two times as long as they are not on hold for any other patrons.
  • Patrons with a secondary education (whether completed or ongoing) can borrow items for 14 days. Items can be renewed up to two times as long as they are not on hold for any other patrons.

Renewing your loans

If no other patrons have placed a hold on your item, you can renew the loan

  • in ESTER
  • at any of our library circulation desks
  • at any of our self-service machines
  • by filling out the loan renewal form
  • by contacting
      • the Academic Library at +372 665 9431, +372 665 9424 or
      • the Study Centre at +372 640 9180 or

Placing a hold

You can place a hold on an item that has been loaned out or is currently in the new acquisitions display:

  • at any of our library circulation desks
  • by emailing
  • by filling out the form for placing a hold

When a book you have placed a hold on is ready for pickup, you will receive a notification via email. The book will be kept in your name in the smart locker or hold shelf for up to 5 days.

Returning books

You can return borrowed items

  • at any of our library circulation desks
  • at any of our self-service machines
  • at the 24/7 self check-in machine
  • through Solaris Omniva parcel machine (paid service)

To return borrowed items through Omniva’s parcel machine, please register your parcel using Omniva e-service or at the nearest parcel machine. Select Tallinna Solaris Keskuse pakiautomaat as the recipient address and Tallinn University Academic Library as the recipient name. Add 53 04 69 83 as the phone number and as the email. To send your parcel, you have to pay the delivery fee either at the parcel machine or online, scan the barcode, set the parcel in the locker and press “Confirm” on the screen.
Please note that delivery may take a few days and we can only mark the book as returned once it has arrived.

Overdue fines:

  • €0.03 per overdue day for items with a 31- or 62-day loan period
  • €0.13 per overdue day for items with a 3- or 14-day loan period

You can pay overdue fine at the circulation desk or via bank transfer:

Payee: Academic Library of Tallinn University
International Bank Account Number (IBAN): EE071010002006943007 (SEB)
Bank’s address: Tornimäe 2, Tallinn, Estonia
Explanation/note: your first and last name and “fine”

After completing the money transfer please send us the payment order in PDF to or e-mail.

Compensation for lost or damaged items:

To replace or recompense a lost item, turn to the Academic Library or Study Centre circulation desks. If there is also an overdue fine, this must be paid on top of the compensation.
Procedure for replacement and compensation of lost or damaged items HERE (only in Estonian).