Visitor’s ABC

Library card and Estonian identity card

To make use of book-lend­ing in the li­braries of Tapa mu­nic­i­pal­i­ty one needs a li­brary card or an Es­ton­ian iden­ti­ty card.

To be­come a pa­tron at the li­brary and get the li­brary card a per­son must present a valid pho­to ID. The chil­dren must also have parental con­sent in writing.

The first li­brary card is free of charge for the pa­tron. For a lost or dam­aged li­brary card a fee of 0,60 € has to be paid in or­der to re­ceive a new card.

Es­ton­ian na­tion­al iden­ti­ty card is also a valid li­brary card.

Every year pa­tron’s per­son­al data (name, con­tact de­tails, oc­cu­pa­tion and so on) is ver­i­fied and the lend­ing priv­i­lege is renewed.

Al­ways take your li­brary or ID card with you when go­ing to the li­brary and nev­er give your li­brary card for oth­er peo­ple to use. If you hap­pen to lose your card or find some­one else’s, please no­ti­fy the li­brary im­me­di­ate­ly by phone (323 2081) or by email ().

Book lending

The usu­al pe­ri­od for lend­ing books, mag­a­zines and others:

in Tapa pub­lic li­brary — 14 days,
in Jäne­da, Lehtse and Sak­si li­braries — 21 days.

In case of high de­mand (manda­to­ry lit­er­a­ture at school, research/study ma­te­ri­als and so on) some books may be sub­ject­ed to a short­er lend­ing period.

Paid services

Copies, print­ing, scan­ning, in­ter­li­brary loans (ILL) and us­ing the pub­lic in­ter­net ac­cess com­put­er for more than two hours a day are billed ac­cord­ing to the pricelist.


With a pass­word one can log in to the e‑catalog RIK­SWEB where it is pos­si­ble to ex­tend loans, make reser­va­tions on books, view bor­row­ing his­to­ry and more. Ask for your pass­word from a librarian.

Reserving or queuing books

Books can be re­served or queued:

NB! No­ti­fy­ing of books avail­abilty by phone is a paid ser­vice (it costs 0,30 €). No­ti­fi­ca­tion via e‑amil is free of charge.
Re­served book should be col­lect­ed with­in 3 days.
Don’t for­get to no­ti­fy the li­brary once you no longer wish to lend the re­served item.

Due date warnings and reminders

The pa­tron is re­spon­si­ble for re­turn­ing bor­rowed items on time. When lend­ing items from the li­brary, pa­tron is giv­en a re­ceipt with the list of items and due dates on it. Re­minders about up­com­ing due dates are sent by the li­brary to the pa­tron’s e‑mail address.

Extending loans

The bor­row­ing pe­ri­od can be ex­tend­ed for items with no queue (no reservations) :

Overdue fines

There’s a fine of 0,01 € per each book for every day overdue.

Lost or damaged book

If an item bor­rowed from the li­brary goes miss­ing or gets dam­aged, the pa­tron has sev­er­al options:

  1. re­place the item with a new copy of the same item,
  2. pay for the item (the price to pay may be up to 10 times the orig­i­nal price, de­pends on de­mand and rar­i­ty of the item),
  3. re­place it with an­oth­er item that’s of the same val­ue to the library.

Please dis­cuss with the il­brar­i­an first about the re­place­ment options.

A small list of el­i­gi­ble re­place­ment books:

  • Jüri Freimann „Pru­u­na-Kõrve“, 1999
  • Põh­ja-Eesti sü­damaadel“, 1997
  • Jerome David Salinger „Kuris­tik rukkis“
  • An­nie M.G. Schmidt „Mi­isu“

Interlibrary loans (ILL)

Through in­ter­li­brary loans (ILL) it is pos­si­ble to or­der books miss­ing in our li­brary from oth­er li­braries in Estonia.

  • The lend­ing pe­ri­od of items or­dered from oth­er li­braries is set by the own­er li­brary. Usu­al­ly this is 2–4 weeks.
  • Cost of re­turn­ing the book (postal fee) will be paid by the patron.
  • In case copies are sent in­stead of the or­dered item, the pa­tron will have to pay for them ac­cord­ing to the bill pre­sent­ed by the li­brary who made the copies.