Borrowing of library materials is regulated by the guide Use of Library Materials.

Library materials can be borrowed by

  • All members of the University of Tartu,
  • Members of other universities and institutions according to the cooperation agreement,
  • Registered inhabitants of the town of Tartu.

Materials from the open collections of the reading rooms can be borrowed for different loan periods

  • 24 hours (green mark),
  • 14 days (no mark),
  • 30 days (yellow mark),
  • 60 days (blue mark),
  • Or they can be used only within the library (red mark).

Pick up the necessary items and check them out with a self-checker or at the library service points.
Materials from the open collections cannot be ordered, you have to pick them up from the shelves!
To order materials from the stacks (loan period 30 days), fill in the request slip or order them electronically via online catalogue ESTER. Requests are fulfilled in two hours.

Materials ordered for borrowing can be picked up at the circulation counter on the first floor. Find the books that you have requested on the shelves at the Ciculation Counter under your family name, and check them out either with the self-checker or with the help of a librarian. To be able to borrow books you need a valid library card. Materials are held at the circulation desk for three days.

Teaching staff can borrow materials needed for teaching and research for the duration of one semester. See further.

Requests are fulfilled during the opening hours of the stacks: Mon - Fri 10-21; Sat 12-18.
Materials ordered on Sunday can be picked up on Monday.

Requests for rare books (the letter R in front of the call number), manuscripts, photographs, and artworks are fulfilled from Monday to Friday at 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 o’clock (submit the request slip at least 30 minutes earlier); requests submitted at weekends are fulfilled on Mondays by 10.

Requests for library materials from other collections that are, according to the rules, used in the Rara reading room, are fulfilled from Monday to Friday 9-18, on Saturdays 11-16. Requests submitted on Sundays are fulfilled on Mondays.

Materials to be used only within the library:

  •  Materials published before 1945,
  •  Archival copies of Estonian publications,
  •  Geographical maps,
  •  Manuscripts, photos, works of art,
  •  Microfilms and microcards
  •  Memorial collections.

For electronic ordering of library materials, renewing due dates and examining your patron record you need a PIN-code.

For examining your patron record (to see the books you have borrowed, their due dates, reservations you have made, and whether you have fines to pay) use the link My ESTER on the opening page of the online catalogue ESTER.

Return your borrowed books to the circulation counter (1st floor) or to the box for returned books at the main entrance staircase. On Sundays, books can be returned to the reading room service point or to the box for returned books.

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