Tallinn Central Library’s young adult reading challenge

From July 1st to december 31st 2020 we invite all the 13-26 year-olds to participate in Tallinn Central Library’s young adult reading challenge. To participate just read a book and give necessary feedback on it.

You have three different options to do that:
*Public post about the book on social media using #TlnKrNoortekaVäljakutse
*Fill in a poll online
*Fill in a poll in the library

Instead of 5 books you can choose to watch a movie, listen to a music record or play a video game instead.


  • A book with dark covers
  • A book from fantasy or science fiction genre
  • A book that is authors debut in young adult literature
  • A book publised by Pikoprint
  • A book that has been the nominee of Goodreads Choice Awards
  • A book from an author who is neither from Estonia nor USA
  • A book where they commit or solve a crime
  • A book where at least one character has a hobby
  • A book that you read as an e-book
  • A book that makes you happy

As the challenge is online based you can participate even if you don’t visit the library often. To participate you have to be registered as Tallinn Central Library’s reader. E-books and audiobooks can be lent from our e-libraries ELLU and OverDrive.

Pikoprint and Photopoint support the readers with fantastic prizes.
First winner will be drawn at September 5th. Everyone who has participated by then will be eligible to win. The prize is the “Red Queen” series in estonian from Pikoprint.

Improve your language skills with the help of a librarian

e-lugerWe have various possibilities for language learners during the crisis period. Librarians offer language practicing opportunities online in Estonian, English, Korean, Swedish, German and Russian. In addition to that, 14 librarians have now joined the mentorship program at the Integration Foundation: https://integratsioon.ee/tule-eesti-keele-mentoriks

The library’s e-materials offer something for every learner. The e-library ELLU has a selection of contemporary e-books in Estonian – by both local and foreign authors. You can read the e-books on your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. ELLU is suitable for the visually impaired. A good selection of Estonian-language books is a great source of Estonian language practice.

The e-library OverDrive has e-books and audiobooks in English and Russian. You can read or listen to the books in various smart devices by using your web browser or the application. You can also download the books onto your e-reader. The wide selection of books includes read-along books in English and different language learning books.

The e-library RBdigital allows you to borrow and read e-magazines in English, Russian and Chinese. The selection includes arts and crafts magazines, home improvement magazines and hobby (photography, technology etc) magazines. For example, you can read Newsweek, All About History, Backpacker, Health & Fitness and Lonely Planet Traveller. The children’s and youth section includes such e-magazines as Minecraft World Magazine, How It Works and Storytime. It is possible to print out articles. There is no limit to the amount of magazines you borrow at one time or the length of time you keep them on your account. It is possible to read the e-magazines in your web browser or in the RBdigital application.

In order to use our e-libraries you must first register as Tallinn Central Library’s patron here. When logging in to OverDrive or ELLU e-libraries your username is your personal ID-code and your password is your My ESTER password. The RBdigital user account can be generated by using your personal ID-code. You can find more information about e-libraries on Tallinn Central Library’s webpage. We also recommend checking out our reading blogs.



Tallinn Central Library helps with finding necessary information regarding daily life

küsimärgidIf you are at home and need information, then contact the library. Tallinn Central Library’s librarians answer questions regarding daily life, for example you can ask advice about the on-going quarantine, travelling, moving outside and other regulations of the national emergency. Information competence, the skill to find necessary information and assess it is one of the primary competences of a librarian. Owing to this librarians can help to discern information.

Librarians request that crisis hotlines be only used to ask critical and vital questions, if you have other questions please call the library.

Librarians answer questions in Estonian, Russian and English from Tues-Fri 10-18. Questions can be asked by telephone 683 0917 (in Estonian and English) and 632 7463 (in Russian) and in real-time chat and Skype, in addition to e-mail.

Chat can be found on Tallinn Central Library’s webpage www.keskraamatukogu.ee right hand bottom corner. Click „Küsi meilt”, fill in the fields and send the question. We will answer right away or as soon as possible.

E-mails can be sent to ls@nulltln.lib.ee

In Estonian, Skype username: Tallinna Keskraamatukogu infoteenindus

In English, Skype username: Tallinn Central Library

In Russian, Skype username: Tallinskaja Tsentralnaja Biblioteka