Due to national emergency, on 18 March Tallinn Central Library made its e-libraries available to all citizens of Estonia. E-libraries can also be used by those Estonian citizens who live in a foreign country or by those whose movement is restricted due to the pandemic.
E-libraries that were made available to all Estonians citizens captured immediately much attention – within the first 24 hours Tallinn Central Library gained 1010 new readers and e-library ELLU 1849 new users, in total over 3000 e-books were borrowed.
As the demand and interest for e-books has sharply risen, Tallinn Central Library will continuosly obtain more e-book licences than previously. The acquisition of e-books during these urgent times is financially supported by Tallinn City Council and Ministry of Culture. All local governments, whose subjects can now read e-books owing to the support of Tallinn, are very welcome to contribute to the cause of reading free e-books and to a larger selection of e-books in e-libraries. Donations can be made in Tallinn city’s e-service portal. More information about donating can be found on Tallinn Central Library’s web page https://keskraamatukogu.ee/toeta-ellut/. Those who donate to the library will also support Estonian publishers whose issued Estonian e-books will be procured for ELLU’s collections.
⇒ E-library ELLU contains contemporary e-books in Estonian both from Estonian and foreign writers. E-books can be read using a computer or a smartphone, tablet and the like. Visually impaired people can also use ELLU as the e-library has developed such a function.
⇒ E-library OverDrive contains e-books in English and Russian and e-audiobooks. These e-books can be read or listened to using a computer or other devices through a web browser or an app, you can also download them to an e-reader.
⇒ E-library RBdigital contains e-magazines in English, Russian and Chinese. Crafts, home & garden, also hobbies (art & photo, motorcycles) magazines are available. Magazines such as Newsweek, All About History, Backpacker, Health & Fitness, Lonely Planet Traveller can be read. For children and youngsters there are for example e-magazines Minecraft World Magazine, How It Works and Storytime. Printouts can be done of articles. There is no limit to the number of loans or to the loan period. E-magazines can be read by installing and using the RBdigital app or a web browser.
To use e-libraries please register yourself as Tallinn Central Library’s reader here.
To log in to e-libraries OverDrive and ELLU use the username is your Estonian identification code and My ESTER password. RBdigital account can be created by Tallinn Central Library’s readers by using an Estonian identification code.
E-libraries are always open and fine-free. By borrowing a book you can make your day.