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Tartu Public Library User Guide

ID-card and library card

In order to check out books, magazines, videos, CDs, etc, you will need an ID-card, library card or another document considered adequate by the library.
The library card is free of charge. A duplicate costs €3,00. The library card is issued on the basis of a document with a personal identification number and picture.
The right to check out items needs to be renewed once a year. You can get information about that from the librarian or from your library account on the internet.
Always take your ID-card or library card with you to the library and do not pass it on to other people. Report the loss of the library card immediately to the library (tel: 736 1380)

Loan policies

The regular loan period of books, magazines, LPs and e-readers is 21 days. Items can be renewed 10 times, but not earlier than 10 days before the due time and only if there is no one else on the waiting list for the item. The reader can renew the date in Online Catalogue ESTER, by phone or by e-mail. Magazines of the last six months, all journals, CDs and books with a waiting list are checked out for seven days and the loan period cannot be renewed.

Check-out of videos and CDs

Video- and sound tapes, CDs, DVDs and computer games are checked out for seven days and their loan period cannot be renewed.
Items can be returned to any of the Tartu Public Library's branch libraries.

Overdue charge

The overdue charges per each working day are the following:

In case of 21-day loan period, from adults €0,06 per each book, magazine, e-reader and LP, and from children up to 16 years €0,02 a day.
In case of items checked out for one day or seven days, the charge is €0,06 per each day over due.
In case of CDs, DVDs, computer games, video- and sound tapes, the overdue charge is €0,06 a day.
Senior citizens (65+) do not pay overdue charge for items checked out for 21 days.


The reader will get from the library a reminder about the due dates by e-mail, but the reader is responsible for returning books on time even if s/he has not received the reminder for some reason.

Linked patrons

First and foremost, Linked Patrons service will be a pleasure for families, since parents can now easily borrow books for their children, but the service is also meant for any group of friends, neighbours, etc.

Linked Patrons means that people who want or need to borrow books for each other can now link their user accounts and borrow books or other items for each other. One can only participate in one Linked Patrons group at a time. To participate in a Linked Patrons group, one has to fill in an application. The application can be found at the desks of the library, or filled in, digitally signed and sent online (file .docx or  .pdf). Digitally signed applications have to be sent at See e-posti aadress on spämmirobotite eest kaitstud. Selle nägemiseks peab su veebilehitsejas olema JavaSkript sisse lülitatud.. To link underage children or persons under your guardianship, a parent’s or guardian’s signature is sufficient. In order to quit a Linked Patrons group, one needs to let the library know either orally or by email (See e-posti aadress on spämmirobotite eest kaitstud. Selle nägemiseks peab su veebilehitsejas olema JavaSkript sisse lülitatud.)

NB! Linked Patrons service does not embrace the self-service environment of the electronic catalogue ESTER which means that the linked patrons can only check their own user account and borrowed items.

Online Catalogue ESTER and password

You can log into ESTER by using a password and see your check-outs, due dates, overdue charges, the arrival of reserved books, possibility of renewal. You can get the password from the library or choose it in online catalogue.

Paid services

Photocopying, printing, scanning, inter-library loan and use of computer for over an hour a day are available at the library for a fee. Also, the reader is charged for reminders by phone or letter. The list of paid services is available on the library home page and at the library.

Contact information

Reference questions: tel 736 1382
Renewal of items and general information: tel 736 1380
e-mail: See e-posti aadress on spämmirobotite eest kaitstud. Selle nägemiseks peab su veebilehitsejas olema JavaSkript sisse lülitatud.
Home page:
Online Catalogue ESTER:

Kompanii 3/5, Tartu 51004      Pikendamine: +372 736 1380       Sekretär: +372 736 1370