- Using the library
- Federated Search Portal
- Borrowing items
- Requesting and renewal
- Reading rooms
- Subject Guides
- Lists of new literature
- Rare books
- National items
- Personal archives
- Original art
- Digital collections
- Sound recordings
- Sheet music
- Posters and postcards
Books comprise the bulk of the collections of the National Library, altogether more than two millions copies. Most of them are traditional publications; however, the proportion of electronic books is constantly increasing. The oldest book stored in the Rare Books Collection is Copulata super tres libros Aristotelis De anima published in Cologne in 1486.
The major part of the books consists of publications acquired as national items, in addition, foreign-language publications on Estonia or ethnic groups or individuals who have lived/are living in Estonia are acquired. As a research and parliamentary library, books in the fields of the humanities and social sciences as well as law, economics, politics and other societal sciences are acquired. When acquiring foreign-language books published abroad, publications issued in the neighbouring countries, the European Union member states, and in the United States of America are preferred. More information on the acquisition fields and items can be found on the Subject guide homepage.
The majority of books are described in the online catalogue ESTER; to find Russian-language publications, also the card catalogue located in the Reference Reading Room should be used. A thematic selection of books is available on the open access shelves in the General and specialised reading rooms. Books can be used in the reading rooms or borrowed home according to the Rules for Users of the National Library or ordered via the inter-library loan (ILL).
Both national and foreign electronic publications are available in the National Library. Estonian e-books are stored in the digital archive DIGAR. These publications are found through DIGAR, the online catalogue ESTER and through different other databases.
The following foreign e-books are available in the National Library via
- Oxford Scholarship Online database - publications on economics and political science from the Oxford University Press;
- SourceOECD database - full text publications in the area of politics, economics, technology, agriculture and other fields from the Organisation for Cooperation and Development;
- World Bank e-Library - e books of the World Bank;
- e-books used in the Dawsonera environment;
- Ebrary e-books on media, sociology, economics and other fields via library's Federated Search Portal.
The Book Return Box