Subject sections

The material in the main library is arranged by subject. The subject sections have books, magazines and DVDs.

Literature and languages

Second floor, new extension.

Classes 04, 10.8, 80–89.

Novels, short stories, poems, plays and comics.

Audiobooks, large print books, and easy to read books,

Essay collections and aphorisms.

Literary studies, writer biographies.

Linguistics and languages: textbooks, dictionaries, baby name books, and more.

Please note: Fiction (classes 04–86) is arranged by language. Separate sections for crime stories, fantasy, horror, sci-fi, war stories, and joke books.

Newspapers and magazines

First floor.

Newspapers and general magazines. Most back issues are available for borrowing.

A large touch screen monitor for reading newspapers and magazines online.

Public computers and printing. Collect and pay for your printouts at the Info-desk.

Old back issues of local newspapers on microfilm, a bookable microfilm reader.



Countries and cultures

Second floor, new extension.

Classes 11–17, 20–29, 40–49, 90–99.

Philosophy, psychology, religion, geography, ethnology and history.

Biographies and genealogy; paranormal phenomena, dream books and astrology.

Travel guides, maps, atlases and nautical charts.

Exhibitions highlighting current topics and different aspects of the collection in the display case.


Social sciences and economics

Second floor, old library building.

Classes 00–03, 05–07, 30–39, 69–69.35.

Politics, social sciences, jurisprudence, economics, marketing, social policy, education, national defense and communication.

Reference materials: statute books, statistics by Statistics Finland.

Science and technology

Second floor, old library building.

Classes 50–59, 60–68, 69.6–69.71, 79.

Natural sciences, mathematics, medicine, technology, handicraft, pet care, gardening, cooking, interior decoration, games, sports and exercise.



Music and arts

Second floor, old library building.

Classes 70–78.

Arts, art history, architecture, photography, theatre, cinema and music.

CDs, DVDs and LP records.

Sheet music, music method books for various instruments, songbooks.

DVDs: films and tv series

Customer service desk.

Public computers.

Music listening corner.

Electric piano, electric guitar, headphones.

Bookable reading room Toivo.

Naxos Music Library: Listen to free streaming music from your computer, including classical, jazz, blues, folk, and world music. Sign in with your library card number and PIN.

Regional collection Vasaensis

Second floor, old library building.

Material on Vaasa and Ostrobothnia, fiction by authors from the region.

Material on special subject areas associated with the region: the Jäger Movement, bilingualism and language immersion

Books, printed ephemera, annual reports, newspaper clippings; old telephone and address books.

History, culture, nature, industry and commerce. Prominent persons from the region.

In-library use only, but circulating copies may be available in another subject section or in a branch library. Contact the customer service desk.

Silent study places.