UT Library continues with the pop-up reading rooms


UT Library continues to serve its users at the pop-up reading rooms in the former building of the National Archives on J. Liivi Street. The construction company YIT, which is renovating the library, did not succeed in completing the first stage of reconstruction works by 30 November and thus, the partial opening of the building by the forthcoming exam period is impossible. 

The lobby, reading rooms and open collections will remain closed and therefore, the students have to prepare for their exams in the temporary library on J. Liivi Street. “The library shares the feelings of its readers regarding the dragging on of the reconstruction,” said Martin Hallik, the director of the library. “We will give our best to offer as good services to our readers as possible under the present conditions. If necessary, we can quickly increase the space available for readers in the pop-up library.”

The pop-up library, opened in the former building of the National Archives at the beginning of October, has become popular among students. The traditional night library will also be opened in these rooms on 2 January. “Considering the forthcoming examination session, it is extremely important that the students could use library services. This is the best solution we can offer in the present difficult situation we are facing,” Hallik admitted.

The pop-up reading rooms on J. Liivi Street are open on Mon-Fri 9-21 and on Sat-Sun 12-18. Books can still be borrowed and returned only at the library main building via  Akadeemia Street entrance. The library offers also the service of interlibrary loans (ILL) where the readers can request books that are not available due the renovation from other Estonian libraries free of charge.

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