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Tartu University Library
Tartu University Library  Tartu University Library (established in 1802) is the oldest and biggest continuously working library in Estonia.

Being the most universal Estonian research library, its collections contain materials on all fields of science taught at the university. In the collections there are books, journals, audio-video materials, maps, works of art, manuscripts, leaflets, pamphlets and so on. Library collections are about 3,8 million items.

Library has large and valuable collections of old publications containing unique scientific materials from the 17th-19th centuries in many languages. The oldest manuscripts date back to the 11th century.

Tartu University Library is the largest centre of scientific information in Estonia. Our users have access to more than 17 000 scientific e-journals. The usage of scientific information is biggest in Tartu, even compared to many other countries.

The digitized collections are comprised of rare books, manuscripts, photos, old dissertations, Estonian newspapers - all these collections can be used all over the world without any fee. Dissertations defended at Tartu since 2002 are available in full-text versions in digital repository of Tartu University Library Old dissertations are being digitized gradually.

Collection of audio-visual materials is growing permanently - everything recorded at the university (lectures, seminars, conferences, concerts etc) ends up at the library, as well as digitised versions of old films made in Tartu (the oldest 1932).
Tartu Public Library   Tartu Public Library

Tartu Public Library is an active and innovative library, highly visible both on Estonian cultural and library landscape. It was founded in 1913. It has a central library, three branch libraries, a stationary circulation unit and home service. There are about a hundred people working at the library.

Tartu Public Library is an information centre, which main task is to offer our users information on all modern media. In 2007 the library had more than 35 000 registered users and over 2000 visits a day. The library offers cultural events and entertainment to the users, organizing book and art exhibitions, concerts, meetings with writers, fairy tale mornings for children, monthly book café, annual events: seminar on original Estonian children's literature, literary festival Prima Vista, Fairy tale day, Nordic library week, celebration of Estonian Book Day, Russian literature week, etc.

In 2007 Tartu Public Library website was reorganized, changing it from being a webmaster-operated website into a specialist-operated website, meaning that over 30 librarians at our library enter the information from their field of expertise and interest to library website, making it more dynamic and offering Estonian colleagues and users access to valuable information about culture and literature.
Library of Estonian University of Life Sciences   Library of Estonian University of Life Sciences

The Library of the Estonian University of Life Sciences is a public library oriented towards agricultural sciences and issues related to the sustainable use of primary resources necessary for human life and environmental preservation, providing the University with information and library services required for its operation.

The Library was founded in 1952 and moved to its present location Kreutzwaldi St. 1A in March 2007 in connection with the completion of a new main building.
In the library collection there are about 500 000 books, oldest ones from 18th century. Library has about 4500 readers (students, professors, citicens).
Estonian Literary Museum Archival Library   Estonian Literary Museum Archival Library

The Archival Library (AL) of Estonian Literary Museum (ELM) was founded on April 14, 1909 as an archival collection of the publications in Estonian.

The Archival Library collects books, periodicals, pamphlets, maps and bookplates. The AL also collects publications concerning Estonia in other languages. The total amount of the collection is more than 880,000 registration units.

The AL comprises the following collections: a collection of books, Baltic collection, collection of periodicals, map collection, pamphlet collection, memorial collections, collection of the Learned Estonian Society.

The AL has been participating in compiling the Estonian national bibliography and has organized several conferences and exhibitions.

	Estonian National Museum Library   Estonian National Museum Library

The Library of the Estonian National Museum was founded in 1923 and served in early days as a reference collection of the Ethnographic Department of the museum.

The library specialises in ethnology, covering selectively related fields such as sociology, cultural studies, folkloristics, archaeology, religious issues, linguistics, history, etc., with particular emphasis on the Finno-Ugric peoples.

The library's holdings of ca 34,000 volumes include ethnological and museological studies and reports, professional journals, dissertations, pamphlets. We serve mainly the scholarly community but general public is also welcome for reference and research.

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