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Library materials can only be borrowed on the basis of a valid library card. Books can be borrowed on every floor at service desks with the help of a librarian. Self Check-out device can be used on 2nd and 3rd floor to borrow books independently.

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.


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


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 or at the library’s Information Desk 

  • 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.