Self-service libraries

All self-service libraries are open every day 7–21.

Self-service libraries are libraries you can use independently also outside the opening hours.

During the self-service hours, there is no staff in the library but the premises are monitored using technology, for example cameras and access control devices. In a self-service library, you can borrow and return materials, use customer computers, read magazines and newspapers, work, read and spend time.

After that you can get into the self-service libraries using your Vaara library card and PIN (passcode). First you need to sign a separate contract during the staff service hours. You can use all Vaara self-service libraries with the same contract.

Please note that in Rääkkylä you also need a separate access control tag.

The self-service libraries currently available:

Eno, Heinävaara, Heinävesi, Ilomantsi, Karsikko, Kontiolahti, Lieksa, Liperi, Nepenmäki, Outokumpu, Polvijärvi, Pyhäselkä (Hammaslahti), Reijola, Rääkkylä, Tohmajärvi, Uimaharju, Valtimo, Viinijärvi and Ylämylly.

The staff service hours and self-service hours are listed on each library’s website.

Other self-service hours

Some Vaara libraries provide self-service hours when the library is open to everyone, but there is no staff service. You may use the library premises, borrow and return material, pick up reservations and use customer computers.

Self-service hours are used in the following libraries:

  • Joensuu Main Library (Monday-Friday 9–11; in addition, on summer Saturdays second floor is self-service only, customer service is on the ground floor)
  • Outokumpu Library (Monday-Friday 9–10)
  • Polvijärvi Library (Monday-Friday 9–10)