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Self-service hours in the Nastola Branch Library will be restricted beginning on February 16. Because of the restrictions, self-service hours are available on weekdays (Mon-Fri) from 6:00 am until the beginning of service hours and on weekends from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. On Fridays the library closes at 5 pm. The restrictions last until April 1, 2024.

The self-service hours must be restricted because of the disorderly conduct of some customers. The behaviour of these individuals in an unsupervised area has been inappropriate and against the library rules. Several people have repeatedly been allowed to enter the library without logging in, and there has been disturbance in the library. Restricting the self-service hours is necessary to ensure the safety of other customers and the security of the library spaces.

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The Lastu libraries have acquired a music streaming service focused on jazz music, Naxos Music Library Jazz. In addition to music recordings, the service has other material, such as curated playlists.

You can access the service with a Lastu library card number. The service can also be used with an NML Jazz App. You can search for music by using a search box or browse the collection for example by performer, record company or genre.

Because of a flaw in the library system, customer service in the libraries may be slower than usual. The problem may also have an impact on reservation pick-up notices sent by text message.

There are things you can do to avoid situations caused by the flaw in the system:

  • Use the self-service stations – borrow, renew and return your items at the self-service stations.
  • Use the Web Library – pay your overdue fines, follow the status of your reservations and fill out a library card application form in the Web Library.
  • Use the Web Library’s search functions – search for material at the website.
  • Log in to your account and instead receiving reservation notices by text message, select the email option.

If you have reserved material, follow the status of your reservation by logging in to your account in the Web Library. In this way you can check the current status of the reservation or whether the material can already by picked up.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our customers. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

The Main Library Auditorium will be out of service as of August, 2023 because there are damages in the space that may cause harm to people’s health. Therefore, the space needs to be renovated. The rest of the library building can be used as before. However, basic renovations in the whole Main Library will begin no later than 2028. Before that, there will be measures to make the use of the library safe.  

- When planning library events for the autumn, we have already taken into consideration that the Auditorium cannot be used. Events will be organized on a smaller scale in other library spaces. We will also try to provide normal service to groups from schools, says Salla Palmi-Felin, Director of Library Services.

Jussi Hietala, an indoor air expert at Lahti Tilakeskus (City’s property management, construction and maintenance services), says that a comprehensive dampness and indoor air survey has been conducted to form the foundation for the Main Library renovation project.
- Based on the statement by the health control authorities, there are damages that cause various kinds of health risks in different parts of the building.  

According to Hietala, damages that cause health risks can be found especially in the Auditorium, where damage caused by microbes has been detected on the floor. Therefore, the use of the Auditorium was already scaled down during the spring of 2023. According to the estimate of the Occupational Health Services, exposure to the materials in the Auditorium causes a moderate risk to the health.  

- In other parts of the building, possible health problems may be caused by sources of mineral wool fibres left unprotected in the structures and in the ventilation system.  Microbes in the lower parts of the exterior walls may also cause problems. However, according to the estimate of the Occupational Health Services, the significance of these factors to people’s health is slight, Hietala points out. 

The City’s Indoor Air Group has decided to set up a special Main Library indoor air working group. 

Lahti Tilakeskus is taking action to reduce, limit and eliminate the factors causing harm to people’s health. In 2023 and by the summer of 2024 measures will be taken to make using the Main Library facilties safer, for example by controlling the building pressure, by making ventilation more efficient and by carrying out structural repairs in necessary places. The basic renovation will begin no later than 2028.  

Additional information 

Lahti Tilakeskus, Jussi Hietala, indoor air expert,, 044 482 6222   

Salla Palmi-Felin, Director of Library Services,, 050 559 4098 

Lahti City Indoor Air Policy (in Finnish):


FC Lahti, which plays in the highest Finnish football league, has donated six season tickets to the Lahti City Library. The season tickets can be borrowed from the Main Library and the Nastola Library. The season tickets give free access to all FC Lahti home games. The season tickets have a loan period of one week and they cannot be renewed of reserved. The tickets must be returned to the library location where they were borrowed. One person may not borrow a season ticket more than three times during the season.

FC Lahti’s game schedule can be found at (the page is only in Finnish).

Kirjastopalvelujohtaja Salla Palmi-Felin vastaanottaa kausikortin FC Lahden pelaajalta. Kuva vuodelta 2022.

Salla Palmi-Felin, Director of Library Services, received the 2022 season tickets from FC Lahti players.

The Pegasos Mobile library will not be running its evening routes on Monday, April 3 and its morning routes on Tuesday, April 4.

There will also be changes to the Mobile library timetable at Easter. On Thursday, April 6, the Mobile library will not run its evening routes. The Mobile library will not operate at all from April 7 to April 10. On Tuesday, April 11, the Mobile library will not visit schools but it will run the evening routes as usual.

The Lahti City Wellbeing and Leisure Committee has decided on Wednesday, March 22 that self-service hours in the Mukkula Library are only available in the mornings. The self-service hours are not available in the afternoons or evenings after the library has closed. The restriction is in effect until further notice. There have already been limited self-service hours in the Mukkula Library after December 16, 2022.

The self-service hours at Mukkula are available in the mornings before the normal service begins and on weekends until 15:00. On weekdays the library closes after normal service hours: on Mondays and Tuesdays at 19:00, on Wednesdays at 16:00, on Thursdays and Fridays at 15:00. The self-service hours begin every day at 6:00.

The decision to restrict the self-service hours is due to some customers behaving in an inappropriate manner, breaking library rules. There has been continual vandalism in the library, facilities have been damaged and big bunches of people have crowded the library spaces. This kind of behaviour is a threat to other customers and to the library building.

We are trying to find solutions to this situation through multidisciplinary collaboration.