Maahanmuuttajan kirjasto

Library guide for immigrants

A library is a meeting place for everyone!

A library is a cultural centre and a meeting place for everyone. In a library, you can read, spend time, meet friends and take part in events. The library staff is at  your disposal and answers your questions and shows you the library. Services are also available in English.

What is there in a library?

A library is intended for children, young, women, and men. In a library, you can borrow books, magazines, films, music, computer games, and language courses. In a library, you find material for learning Finnish. For the children, there are picture books, fairy tales, films and music. In a library, you have music notes and recordings. Some libraries have a music room, in which you can play piano, for example. In a library, you can read newspapers and magazines from all over the world. The computers of the library have Internet connections. You can read newspapers in your own language also at Internet.

In some libraries, you need a library card to reserve a computer. You can reserve a computer in advance from home or once you are in the library. By the computers with Internet, you can read your email, look for information in the websites, or print texts. A fee is charged for printing. All computers have wordprocessing and other benefit programs. Some libraries also have scanners and keyboards of different languages.

In Tampere, you can get help for utilizing a computer with Internet also in the data library Tietotori in Sampola and Hervanta libraries. 

Visiting a library, borrowing books and other material and using computers is free of charge.

New PIKI library cardHow to obtain a library card?

Everyone can have a library card. It is necessary for borrowing books or other material. The same library card can be used in all 22 commune libraries of the region. You can obtain a
library card by presenting your identity card bearing a picture. Concerning children under 15, a parent or a custodian has to sign the application form.
The first library card is free of charge. The card is personal. Don't let anyone else to use your card. If you lose your card, inform the personnel of the library immediately. For
the library card, you get your own access code i.e. a PIN-code.

Borrowing and return

Loan periods vary but generally they cover from one to four weeks. Anytime you borrow something, you get a receipt that shows the latest return date free of charge i.e. the due date. You can renew your loans in the library or in the PIKI net library or on phone providing that no booking has been made on the item in question.

Everyone has the right to borrow material in condition to observe the library rules. If you return the borrowed material after the due date, you have to pay a late fee. You are responsible for the material you borrow.


You can reserve the material that is out. You can make a reservation on PIKI net library or in the client service of the library. Reservations are free of charge.

How to find material to borrow?

In a library, the books and other materials are placed on shelves according to themes. Each theme has its own number i.e. category. For example, the category of the Finnish geography is 42. The books are in alphabetical order on the shelves, most often according to the author's family name. Literature is categorized according to the language.
You can look for information on books and their categories by computers in the PIKI net library. You can look for material according to the author, the title or the subject matter.
You can also see through the computer whether a book is out or is available in other libraries or if any reservations have been made on it. The librarians help you to search information and books.

Multilingual Library in Helsinki have a library collection of more than 80 languages. They send library materials to all parts of Finland free of charge. You can ask your own library staff to order items for you!

Events in a library

In a library, there are events for children. During library story hours, children can listen to fairytales and play. Children over 3 can attend the story hours. Generally library story hours are in Finnish. There are also theatre shows and other events for children.

Literary evenings, authors' meetings, concerts (i.e. Metso Live) and lectures are organized in a library. Events organized by a library do not include any entrance fee. Many libraries have an exhibition room which can be reserved. You can find information on events and exhibitions in the libraries on their home pages, in newspapers and local radios.

Mobile libraries

Mobile libraries have stops in the area where the library is not located nearby. Concerning the timetables and information on mobile library stops, you can find them in the libraries and Internet on libraries home pages.

Welcome to the library!

On the libraries home pages, you can find the addresses and opening hours. Each library functions as a part of the national and international library network. A library is a common livingroom for all.

Monikielisen kirjaston video

Monikielinen kirjasto

Monikielinen kirjasto tarjoaa kaikkialla Suomessa maahanmuuttajille mahdollisuuden lukea kirjallisuutta omalla kielellä. Monikielisen kirjaston kirjoja voi pyytää lainaksi oman kirjaston kautta. Kysy lisää omasta kirjastostasi.

Literature in your own language

In the libraries there are children’s books, novels and poems in many languages. You will find them in the net catalogue with basic search where you can select the language you are interested in.

In Albanian »  |    In Arabic »

In Farsi »       |    In Chinese »

In Kurdish »  |    In Pashto »

In Somali »    |    In Turkish »

In Russian »  |    In Vietnamese »

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Tutustu näihin sivuihin kun opiskelet itse suomen kieltä.

Internetissä on suomen kielen itseopiskeluun sopivia sivuja. Tässä niistä muutamia. Linkit aukeavat uuteen selainikkunaan. (palveluun pääsee kokeile vierailijana -painikkeesta)

Infopankki - Suomen kieltä internetissä

UUNO – an Internet-based Guide to Finnish language and culture

YKItreenit – tavoitteena yleinen kielitutkinto suomen kielessä

Apua selkokielellä

Mitä selkokieli on?

Selkokieli on yksinkertaista kieltä. Selkokielessä virkkeet ovat lyhyitä. Selkokielessä selitetään vaikeita sanoja ja sanontoja.


Selkosuomeksi ilmestyy yksi sanomalehti, Selkosanomat. Selkosanomat ilmestyy kaksi kertaa kuukaudessa. Selkosanomia voi lukea paperilehtenä ja Selkosanomat-sivulla internetissä. Sitä voi lukea paperilehtenä ja internetissä. Selkosuomea on myös aikakauslehti Leija. Se ilmestyy joka toinen kuukausi.

Ylen uutiset selkosuomeksi

Yle Uutiset selkosuomeksi -sivulla on joka päivä uusia uutisia. Illan uutislähetyksen voi kuunnella nettisivulla.

Selkosuomeksi on nettisivuja. Tutustu kahteen sivustoon: Verneri ja Papunet.

Selkokirjoja kirjastoissa

Kirjastoissa on selkosuomeksi kaunokirjallisuutta ja tietokirjoja. Selkokielelle on mukautettu tuttuja suomalaisia romaaneja ja kirjoitettu uusia. Kirjastoissa on kirjoja myös yksinkertaisella englannilla, ruotsilla ja muilla vierailla kielillä.

Monessa kirjastossa selkokirjoille on omat hyllynsä. Kysy kirjaston henkilökunnalta, jos et löydä selkokirjoja!

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