Equipment

Public computers

All library locations except Merikaarto have public computers. You can use the Chrome browser; create and edit documents; use cloud services and USB memory sticks; or print, watch or listen to files. The computers run Google Chrome OS. It is easy to use and provides smooth access to online resources as all applications are run from the cloud in a browser.

Using the public computers 

Laptops for borrowing

Borrow a laptop with your library card. The laptops are for in-library use only, and you can borrow them for 4 hours at a time. Available in the main library, Variska library, and Suvilahti library.

The laptop will start when you open the lid or press the power button. When you are finished, log out, close the lid, and return the laptop to the customer service desk.

If a laptop is not returned, the library will send the borrower an overdue notification and an invoice, in accordance with the library regulations. The replacement price for a laptop is 322.40 €. 

Computers for reading online newspapers and magazines

Large touch screen monitors for reading newspapers and magazines online. Available in all locations except Merikaarto. 

Free wireless internet access (WiFi)

In all locations except Merikaarto. Get the user ID and password from a customer service desk. Please note: The user ID and password are changed every day. 

Log in as vaasa-guest.

Check that your computer is using automatic network settings.

Open the browser.

The browser will take you to the login page.

Enter the user ID and password.

Printing

Most locations have printers for customers to use. Ask the library staff for more information. Meeting Place Huudi does not have printers. The printers in Sundom and Vähäkyrö libraries can only be used during regular opening hours when the service desks are staffed. Printing fees: See Charges and fees.

Scanning

The main library has a public scanner. The scanners in Sundom and Vähäkyrö libraries can only be used during regular opening hours when the service desks are staffed. Scanning fees: See Charges and fees.

Copying

Most locations have black and white copy machines. The main library has a self-service copy machine in the entrance hall. To use the self-service copy machine you will need a contactless payment card or an ID sticker. You can use your Waltti travel card, or buy an ID sticker and copy credit at the main library Info desk. Copying fees: See Charges and fees.

Swipe your card in the reader.

Place the original face-up in the document feeder or face down on the glass.

Press the copy button.

The number of copies will be debited from your account.

3D printer

Create three-dimensional objects with the Ultimaker 2+ printer. Download a 3D model online, or design your own model on the Makerspace computer. To design your own 3D models, download a free software tool for 3D modelling online. If you are a beginner to 3D modelling, you can use for example  TinkerCad. Only use the 3D printing filaments available in Makerspace for the 3D printer. Makerspace has biodegradable PLA filaments of various colours, and white Polymax PLA filament for objects that need to take a lot of wear.

You can book the 3D printer when you have taken the 3D printing training course arranged by the library. The library arranges 1–2 courses per month. To register for the course, fill in this form  (in finnish).

The fee for using the 3D printer is 0.40 euros per each beginning hour. Pay the printing fee at the first floor information desk when your 3D object is ready.

Vinyl cutter

Cut your own one-colour or multicolour vinyl stickers with the Roland Stika SV-12 vinyl cutter. Create your sticker designs with Inkscape, a vector drawing software available on the Makerspace computer, or with some other free software available online.

Makerspace has black and white vinyl, and a colour map that you can use to suggest new colour acquisitions.

The maximum width of the material is 305 mm.

Book the vinyl cutter for a maximum of four hours at the main library information desk or call 06-325 3533.

The fee for the vinyl is 0.40 euros per each beginning 10 cm. Pay the fee at the first floor information desk when your stickers are ready.

Sewing machine

Use the Pfaff Smarter sewing machine free of charge. You have to set up the sewing machine yourself: thread the sewing machine and wind the under thread. Consult the users’ guide if you need help using the sewing machine.

Makerspace has extra needles for the sewing machine, but if the needle breaks, you must change it yourself.

Bring your own fabric, thread, scissors, pins, and anything else you need with you.

Book the sewing machine for a maximum of four hours at the main library information desk or call 06-325 3533.

Overlocker

Use the Juki MO-654DE overlocker free of charge.

You have to set up the overlocker yourself. Consult the users’ guide if you need help using the overlocker.

Makerspace has extra needles for the overlocker, but if the needle breaks, you must change it yourself.

Bring your own fabric, thread, scissors, pins, and anything else you need with you.

Book the overlocker for a maximum of four hours at the main library information desk or call 06-325 3533.

Microfilm reader

Read and print microfilmed newspapers with the microfilm reader in the Newspapers and magazines section in the main library. The section also has a collection of daily newspapers on microfilm.

Digital piano

Play the digital piano in the Music and arts section in the main library. Borrow headphones at the Music and arts customer service desk.

Electric guitar

The main library has an electric guitar and an amplifier for borrowing. You can also play the guitar with headphones in the library. Borrow or book the guitar and amplifier/headphones with your library card at the Music and arts customer service desk, tel. 06-325 3565. The guitar and amplifier are a donation from the music store Pihlajamaan Musiikki.

Listen to music

Listen to CDs and LP records in the Music and arts section in the main library. Borrow headphones at the Music and arts customer service desk.

Listen to CDs in the Children and young adults section in the main library. Borrow headphones at the customer service desk.

Mobile charging station 

The main library entrance hall. A charging station for mobile devices provided by Vaasan Sähkö. Ask for a key at the Info desk.

Sports equipment 

The library has many types of sports and exercise equipment available for checkout: gym games bags, pedometers, exercise bands, balance cushions, kettlebells, Nordic walking poles and volleyballs; pétanque, disc golf and badminton sets. For a full list of equipment (in Finnish and Swedish), search the library catalogue using the keyword ”liikuntavälineet”. 

The gym games bag contains:

  • skipping ropes of different lengths for single skipping and group skipping
  • a guide (booklet) to skipping games and skills, in Finnish 
  • QR codes for QR code orienteering, with videos about skipping games and skills
  • exercise cards with easy partner acrobatic moves
  • a guide (booklet) to family exercise, in Finnish 
  • a gymnastics passport for schools, with basic gymnastic moves

The equipment is available for checkout from the main library, and from Vähäkyrö library during staffed hours. The gym games bags are available from Palosaari, Huudi, Suvilahti, Sundom and Variska libraries.

Bikes

The main library info has three 3-speed city bikes available for checkout with a library card. The bikes can be borrowed for a day, and each comes with a helmet. The bikes are available for checkout from May 2 to September 30.