The innovative service
Tallinn Central Library has developed and is pioneering an online lending service that gives Estonians across the globe round-the-clock electronic access to modern Estonian literature in formats that are compatible with computers, tablets, smart phones and e-readers.
Estonian is the official language of Estonia’s population of about 1.3 million, and it is also spoken by Estonian communities living in many other countries.
Through the e-book service, known as ELLU (E-raamatute laenamis- ja lugemiskeskkond – in English, 'e-book lending and reading environment’), registered users of Tallinn Central Library can go online at any time and read Estonian literature.
In just two years, the library has built up a collection of over 680 Estonian e-book titles. Since the launch of the service early in 2012, over 2,700 registered library users in Estonia and living in the US, Europe, China and Taiwan have used the service. The books have been borrowed nearly 16,000 times.
Right now, Tallinn Central Library is the only public library in Estonia lending modern e-books in Estonian. Other public libraries have expressed keen interest, and the library is looking at ways of integrating them into the service.
Creative use of ICT
With funding from the city of Tallinn and the Ministry of Culture, the library developed streaming software for the online e-books lending service.
Users access the service through the library’s website and online catalogue. To log in, users need a library card, an identity card or they can create an identity and log in using their mobile phone number.
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