In addition to e-services, the Tallinn Central Library will gradually reopen services that require coming to the library. However, a number of restrictions must be taken into account both during and after the emergency situation.
The possibility of borrowing books and other items, will be restored from 18 May in those departments and branch libraries where the premises enable the service to be provided safely. The items can be borrowed upon previous reservation contact free. People visiting the library are asked to follow all established safety rules and restrictions. The library ensures that disinfectants are available on site.
There is no need to rush with returning the books, as the library will continue to extend the deadlines of the items borrowed also after the end of the emergency situation. From next week, starting May 11, items borrowed can be return at specific times to all of the departments and branch libraries of the Tallinn Central Library. The library asks to use this option if it is absolutely necessary since the deadlines are extended and there is no dire need for it.
From May 18, internet services via on-site computers can be used in the Department of Foreign Language Literature and in some branch libraries, an appointment has to be booked. This service is provided for use of state e-services, making online payments, etc. and the duration of the sessions is limited.
Restoring the services and opening of further premises of the library will continue gradually according to the situation in Tallinn. More detailed information on the opening hours, safety rules, etc. is published on the library's website www.keskraamatukogu.ee.
The library will also continue to provide new services created during the emergency. There is still a possibility to order documents via parcel machines for a fee. Elderly people at risk of coronavirus in Tallinn, who have no relatives and who may still be at risk of visiting the library, are offered free home delivery service. Through video bridges, trainings and library lessons will be held, as well as reading for children, the Skype chat club for seniors and other activities continued. Librarians are ready to answer people’s questions in the field of literature and research, as well as in matters concerning everyday life.
Books in different languages can be borrowed from the e-libraries ELLU, OverDrive and RBdigital. ELLU mainly offers Estonian literature, OverDrive English and Russian e-books and audiobooks, and RBdigital foreign language e-magazines. Reading recommendations can be found in the blog of Tallinn Central Library.