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Borrowing

Library materials can only be borrowed on the basis of a valid library card. Our librarians at the service desks on each floor of the library will lend books. To borrow books without assistance, use the self-service machines on the 2nd and 3rd floors. It is also possible to order books to the 24/7 book locker located in front of the library or to your nearest DPD parcel locker (paid service).

Additional materials, which belong to the book can be borrowed from the service desks via librarian.

To order books from the storage, you need to fill out the call slip and give it to the Service Centre on the 2nd floor.  

Books can be returned to any service desk on any floor or to the Self Check-in device located next to the Cloakroom on the 1st floor.

Textbooks borrowing

There is a special collection of textbooks on the 3rd floor. The books are placed on the shelves so that same subjects are nearby.

Only members of TalTech can borrow books from the 3rd floor textbooks collection.  

The right shelf for the book can be found with the help of online catalogue ESTER and Open Stack Guide

Upon graduation from TalTech or leaving employment at TalTech all borrowed library materials are to be returned to the library.

 

Ordering books to the book locker

The library’s book locker is accessible 24/7 and is located next to our main entrance (Akadeemia tee 1).

All registered members of the library can order books to the book locker for borrowing. To do that, please fill out our web form or write at teenindus@lib.taltech.ee.

It is possible to order books whose location in the online catalogue ESTER is TalTech Library (Akadeemia tee 1, Tallinn). The books’ status in the catalogue must be “AVAILABLE”. No books from the TalTech EMERA, TalTech Tartu College Library, TalTech Virumaa College Library, and TalTech Department of Software Science collections can be ordered.

Orders will be fulfilled during the library’s opening times.

The library will notify you by e-mail when the books have arrived in the book locker. Books can be collected with a valid ID-card or library card. When the books have been collected from the locker, you will receive an e-mail with the due date for the borrowed books. Ordered books will be reserved for you in the book locker for 3 working days, so please collect them within that time.

The service is free.

Contact:
TalTech Library Services Centre
+372 620 3555

Ordering books to the DPD parcel locker (paid service)

The library offers delivery of borrowed books to your nearest DPD parcel locker. NB! It is a paid service

The service can be used by TalTech Library members who are older than 16 years (register as a user at the library’s web page). The reader submits their request by filling out a web form in the library’s website. After library staff has received the request, they will check whether the items are available and places a hold on the books. The reader receives a confirmation e-mail with book reservation information and bank requisites to pay for the service. The price for one package is 4 euros. 

When the library receives the payment, the books will be borrowed on the reader’s account and the courier will be asked to pick up the package. DPD will notify the reader via SMS or e-mail message when the package reaches the parcel locker.  

It is possible to order books whose location in the online catalogue ESTER is TalTech Library (Akadeemia tee 1, Tallinn). The books’ status in the catalogue must be “AVAILABLE”. No books from TalTech EMERA, TalTech Tartu College Library, TalTech Virumaa College Library collections will be delivered. 
 

The packages are sent from Mon-Fri, transfer to the courier at 13.30 latest. 

The service is offered only in Estonia. 

The library will not deliver any books to readers who have fines. If two or more readers request the same book, the library will process the request that was submitted first. 

If the package has been sent but the reader does not pick it up in the given time period (7 days), DPD will return the package to the library and the reader is obliged to pay for the return costs. The amount (3 euros) will be added to the reader’s library account. 

The books can be returned by bringing them directly to TalTech Library (Akadeemia tee 1, 12616 Tallinn), by mail, or sent with courier service chosen by the reader. When the books are sent back with a courier, the library’s opening times must be written on the package.  

The reader pays for the return service. All books must be returned within the given due date. Fines for overdue items will be charged according to the current rules. 

Contact: Maris Nool 
Phone 620 3572 

How to renew due dates?

It is possible to prolong the due date as many times as needed if there are no holds on the book and no debts on the reader’s account.  

Loan periods

Loan period for open stack and closed stack books is generally 30 days.

  • Books with yellow marking 14 days

  • Books with blue marking 7 days

  • Books with red marking are for in-library use only. Materials for in-library use with no extra markings: journals and newspapers, special technical materials (located on the 4th floor), map collection, collection of tourism (located on the 5th floor).

Loan period for textbooks is generally 90 days; textbooks with a red stripe on the spine can be borrowed for 30 days.

Loan periods for EMERA Branch Library are 30 days and 90 days; books with red marking are for in-library use only.

As an exception, teaching staff of TalTech may borrow books required for teaching for the entire semester.
 

Courtesy and overdue notices (e-mail reminders) 

Courtesy and overdue notices about coming and passed due dates are sent from the library system. Please note that the library cannot guarantee the reliability of e-mail messages. Borrowers are still responsible for knowing when items are due. 

Any interruption in e-mail reminder service does not excuse patrons from paying fees if items are returned or renewed late. 

It is possible to see the e-mail address you have given to the library on your e-catalogue personal user account My ESTER. To change the e-mail address, please turn to a librarian. 
You can see due dates when logged in to My ESTER. Alternatively, you can ask it from a librarian or check it from the self check-out receipt. 

Reserving a book

You can reserve (put a hold on) borrowed or exhibition books.

Reservations via:

When the book arrives at the library, you will be notified by phone. Books are held on the reader’s name for 3 working days at the 2nd floor service desk.

Fines and compensating a lost or damaged book

Fines

You must pay fines for overdue books and for books that you have not renewed on time.

Fine rates:

  • loan date of 30 days, loan date of 14 days and course books loan date of 90 days – 0,05 € for an item per day

  • loan date of 7 days – 0,20 € for an item per day

Compensating the book

It is forbidden to damage a borrowed book in any way. It is advised to check the condition of the book and notify the library staff about missing pages or any other defects before borrowing. If the defects are discovered during book return, the last reader is responsible for any damage.  

If you damage or lose library materials, you must compensate the loss (pay cash or replace the book).

 

Paying options

For fines and for compensating the book it is possible to pay: 

  • in cash or by debit card at the library’s Service Centre on the 2nd floor 

  • via bank transfer 

On the payment order you need to write:

Beneficiary’s name:
Tallinna Tehnikaülikool 
Beneficiary’s account number: EE201010052037382001 (SEB) 
Details: Your name, library card number/ Estonian personal identification code, keyword “raamatukogu viivis” or “hüvitatud teavik”

Payment will be registered on the library user’s account on the next working day after the payment is received to the TalTech university account. Payments which are made on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays or on national and public holidays will be registered on the library user’s account on Mondays or on the first working day after the holidays. 

Until the payment is not registered at the university’s Office of Economics and Finance, the library user is still a debtor. 

It is not allowed to borrow or renew books if the fines are bigger than 3 euros.