Finland is known for its comprehensive library network, high user and lending rates and effective use of technology and information networks in libraries. About 80% of Finns are regular library users. On average, a Finn visits a library 10 times a year and takes out 18 books, discs or magazines. Libraries are open to all and borrowing material is free of charge. In order to be able to borrow material from the library, you will need a library card (kirjastokortti). You can get a library card for free from any library. You need to present a proof of identity and fill in an application form in order to get the card.

Libraries do not have just books available but they also have a music library where you can listen to music or borrow records, CDs, and notes as well as read international newspapers. There is also a language centre for language studies and you can borrow language tapes.

In addition to the main library, there are also branch libraries in residential areas. University libraries are also open to public.

Joensuu Regional Library
Koskikatu 25

Joensuu Campus Library (Carelia)
Yliopistokatu 4


Kuopio City Library 
Maaherrankatu 12

Kuopio Campus Library (Snellmania)
Yliopistonranta 1 E

KUH Medical Library (KUH)
Puijonlaaksontie 2