Research Library: Mon, Thu 12–19, Tue, Wed, Fri 10–17 | Study Centre: Mon–Fri 10–17
Research Library: Mon, Thu 12–19, Tue, Wed, Fri 10–17
Study Centre: Mon–Fri 10–17

Libraries’ services from August 23

Notice, that it is mandatory to wear a face mask in our libraries (according to the government’s a decision in principle), COVID certificates are not checked at the library.

Research Library

From August 23 the library is open:

  • Mon–Fri 11–18
  • Sat 11–15
  • Sun closed

Baltica reading room and Eestonian Expatriate Literature Centre Mon–Fri 12–17

Borrowing books and all services function normally.

Late night study room will remain closed until October 3.

Study Centre

From August 23 the Study Centre is open:

  • Mon–Fri 10–18
  • Sat, Sun closed

Borrowing books and all services function normally.

Study Room is closed.

Film and Media Library

From August 30:

  • Mon–Thu 10.00–13.00 and 14.00–17.00
  • Fri 10.00–13.00 and 13.30–15.00

Contact free book borrowing

It is possible to borrow books from the Research Library, the Study Centre and Film and Media Library. Only the books with status “available” can be ordered and borrowed.

You can order your books to and pick them up from our Smart Locker “Raamatutark” which is located outside the Research Library (Rävala pst 10) on the side facing Solaris, next to the self check-in machine and it is accessible 24/7.

To receive books from the Smart Locker:

  1. Order your books through the e-catalogue ESTER ( using the “Request” button. Choose AL TLU Smart Locker as your pickup location.
  2. Wait until you receive an e-mail notification saying your books are in the Smart Locker.
  3. After the notification arrives, pick up your books as soon as you can, as locker space is limited.
  4. In order to retrieve your books from the Smart Locker, scan your library card or insert your ID card and follow the instructions on the screen. When you open the locker, you will receive an e-mail about the due dates of your books.

Books can be returned to 24/7 self check-in.


Readers can use our e-library ETERA and the Estonian E-varamu portal.

The databases of e-journals and e-books are still available to TLU members. To use the databases, You have to log in with Your TLU username on library’s databases page.

Our subject librarians are available through e-mail every day to answer your questions. In case of any specific need, contact directly the subject librarian of your field, find their contact HERE.

Subject librarians still receive book orders from faculty members.

Safety Requirements

The library follows the guidelines set by the Estonian Health Board and Tallinn University when implementing safety requirements.

There are disinfectants available for use in our libraries. We have installed protective glass in front of service desks and the doors of the reading rooms will remain permanently open to decrease the need to touch surfaces. When reading magazines and newspapers, you should wear gloves and a mask.

While staying in the library, wear a face mask, keep a distance with other people and follow hygiene requirements, including disinfecting your hands.

The number of computers and seats in the libraries has been decreased.

General advice from the public health board when leaving your house (

  • Wash your hands. Hands should be washed with soap under running water, alcohol-based hand disinfectants should be used if needed.
  • Avoid contact. Avoid contact with people, who are coughing or sneezing. If you stand too close to a person with symptoms of the disease, you may contract the disease yourself.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with contaminated hands, it is possible that the virus will be transmitted to you as well.
  • If you have a fever, are coughing and experiencing difficulty breathing, seek help in a timely manner. Monitor your health and stay home. Call your general practitioner (GP). If you do not have access to a general practitioner, call the GP hotline at 1220.
  • Observe good respiratory hygiene. If you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth with a single use tissue. Throw it into the bin immediately after, and then clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (the inside of your elbow), but do not use your bare hand.
  • Covering your mouth and nose helps prevent spreading the virus. If you sneeze into a bare hand, you might transfer the contamination and viruses to others as well as to objects that you touch.
  • By vaccinating against COVID-19 we can move towards returning to the regular order of life. Vaccination in Estonia takes place according to the vaccination plan. In 2021, vaccination is free for everybody who lives in Estonia, including those who do not have health insurance.

The rules set by Tallinn University: