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The Library in brief

Tampere City Library 2017

The library was founded in 1861.

The library network includes the city library, 14 branch libraries, home and institutional services, 2 mobile libraries (visiting over 100 stops) and 3 Tietotori computer learning centers.

  • in 2017, the population of Tampere was 231 967
  • The library had 93 489 members

Borrowed itemsVisitors
Main library
1 462 049
720 594
Branch libraries
2 817 944
1 650 767
Mobile libraries
281 359
94 913
Home and institutional services
146 287

Information society services
0
97 129
Total4 707 639
2 563 403
  • Loans/inhabitant 20,67
  • Visits/inhabitant 11,1
Collections
Books
854 194
Scores and partitures 33 312
Recordings (music)
83 312
Other recordings
18 276
Videos, DVDs, Blu-Rays
46 513
CD-ROMs 557
e-books, console games, e-materials
6 736
Newspapers (titles)
268
Magazines, periodicals
2 020
Library use 2017
Borrowing
4 837 542
Adults: fiction & non-fiction
2 186 243
Children: fiction & non-fiction
1 289 948

Budget 2017

  • expenditure 13,8 million euros
  • expenditure/inhabitant 59, 63 €, 2,94 €/loan
  • staff, total 184
  • 98 librarians, 60 library assistants and 26 other employees

Other activities

Exhibitions, brochures, municipal information, public events for children and adults (puppet theathre, story times, literature evenings, philosophy evenings), annual writing competition.

Additional information

  • Tampere City library uses Axiell Aurora library system together with 21 other public libraries in Pirkanmaa area. Together we are called PIKI-libraries. We share a joint Net library and collections (3,1 million) and 9,3 million loans a year. Customers can use one library card at all PIKI-libraries.
  • The information service is supported by several online databases
  • classification: Dewey Decimal Classification, applied