Cineast, the new streaming service of the Northern eLibrary, opens 21.2.

Cineast includes Finnish and international films, both classics and newer productions. The selection is updated regularly. The selection currently includes movies such as Everything Everywhere All at Once, Beau Is Afraid, Eraserhead and Triangle of Sadness.

Films can be borrowed for 48 hours and a maximum of six films can be borrowed per month with one library card. The service can be used via a web browser or the mobile app.

Instructions on how to use Cineast will be added to the eLibrary user guide.

Cineast replaces Viddla which has served our customers until now.

OUTI Libraries’ summer opening hours

Many of the libraries have different summer opening hours, which are in use until August. Some libraries are open only for self-service use or closed during the summer. Midsummer also affects the opening hours of libraries.

You can see the opening hours of your local library on the library website or the OUTI Web Library.

Public libraries in Oulu are closed, excluding Pekuri Library, on 26.5. 

Public libraries in Oulu are closed or on self-service use only on Friday, 26.5. due to the staff recreation day with the exception of the Pekuri Library. Pekuri Library is open 8–16, customer service starts at 9. 

A valid library card and PIN are required for the use of self-service libraries. You can see the opening hours of your local library on the library website or the OUTI Web Library. 

Cancelling reservations which are in transit is now possible

Introducing a new feature in the OUTI Web Library: you can now cancel a reservation that is being transported. Previously cancelling reservations (also known as holds) in the web library was only possible before they were in transit to the pick-up location.

Once the reservation is available for pickup, you cannot cancel it by yourself. We charge a fee of 1 euro for uncollected reservations.

Watch 10 movies on Viddla in March

During the March winter holiday campaign, you can watch 10 films per library card on the streaming service Viddla. Log in with your library card and PIN and enjoy!

Viddla adds new movies to its collection each week. The latest additions are Penguin Bloom, Ainbo: The Spirit of the Amazon, The Double Life of Veronique, Butterflies and Hope. Viddla has films from a variety of different countries (subtitles are available in Finnish and Swedish).

Screencap of latest films added to Viddla.

The streaming service has award-winning films, such as Parasite, The Imitation Game and Slumdog Millionaire. Available children’s movies include The Addams Family, Moomins and the Winter Wonderland and Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness. Viddla also has several Finnish films.

Viddla can be found at Northern eLibrary has a guide for the use of the service.

The validity period of reservations has been extended to three years, the list of reservations can now be sorted

The validity period of reservations (also known as holds) used to be two years by default. This validity period has been extended to three years. The validity period has been automatically extended for all reservations, except for those whose validity period has been changed by the user to be shorter than two years.

The new sorting function makes it easier to browse your own reservations. You can sort the list by the name of the reserved title or have the ones that are ready to be picked up at the top of the list. You can also sort the list of reservations by the creation date or the expiration date.

Opening hours of Oulu libraries 4.–5.11.2022

All libraries of the Oulu City Library, with the exception of the Pekuri Library, are closed or can only be used as self-service libraries on Friday, 4.11.2022 due to a staff recreation day. 

On All Saints’ Day, Saturday 5.11.2022 the libraries of Pekuri, Haukipudas, Kiiminki and Oulunsalo that are normally open on Saturdays are closed. Self-service libraries can be visited even on All Saints’ Day during their self-service hours. 

Self-service libraries can be accessed with a library card and PIN. 

You can see the opening hours of your local library on the library website, the OUTI Web Library or by visiting the library. 

Check that messages sent by the library do not end up in spam! The sending address of messages sent by the library will change

The sending address for e-mails sent by OUTI Libraries will change soon to The system automatically sends due date reminders, pick-up notifications for reservations and account expiration notifications. Koha is the name of the library system used by the OUTI Libraries, and Koha-Suomi is the entity that maintains and develops the system. The address is already being tested and some customers have received messages through it.

Messages sent automatically by the library system may go to spam in some cases. Sometimes messages may even not arrive if the security terms of the email service provider’s server do not accept it. This can happen, for example, with government agency addresses and Gmail and Hotmail addresses. You can help the arrival of messages yourself by adding the address of the sender of the message to your own contact information in Gmail and to trusted contact information in Hotmail.

According to the rules of use of the OUTI Libraries, problems with the delivery of messages do not remove the customer’s responsibility for loans and reservations. You can check your loans and reservations on the OUTI Web Library and at the library’s customer service.

The Oulu Main Library will close for renovation on 11.9., Pekuri Library will open on 19.9.

The Oulu Main Library closes on September 11th

The last opening day of the Oulu Main Library before the renovation starts is Sunday, 11th of September, when the library is open 12:00–16:00. Transfers of equipment and materials cause changes and interruptions in the library services. During August-September, Digiverstas (Digital Workstation), customer computers, furniture and customer service points will be moved to the Pekuri library.

Materials borrowed from the Main Library do not have due dates between 12th and 20th September. If the due date of the loan was before September 12th, late fees will accumulate as usual. Reservations with the Main Library as the pick-up location cannot be picked up between 12th and 18 September. The reservations will be transferred to the Pekuri library where they can be pick them up when the library opens.

Loans can be returned to all branch libraries of the Oulu City Library and to other OUTI Libraries. The Main Library’s return drop box will remain open for the time being and will be closed later in the autumn. Materials can only be returned to the Pekuri library during the library’s opening hours. In the OUTI Web Library, you can renew loans and, if you wish, also make changes to the pick-up location of reservations, if the reservation is not yet transported or ready to be picked up.

Pekuri Library will open on September 19th

The library on the second floor of the Pekuri shopping centre will be opened for customers on Monday, September 19th at 8:00. The Pekuri Library serves customers throughout the renovation of the Main Library. The renovated Central Library is scheduled to open on the eve of the European Capital of Culture year 2026.

The facilities and the collection of Pekuri Library are the size of larger local libraries. The Main Library’s collection will be distributed during the renovation years to all nearby libraries and storage, where the collection can be borrowed from by making reservations. Most of the Main Library’s services will be transferred to the Pekuri Library on a smaller scale.

Preparations at the new Pekuri Library

Local libraries and bookmobiles serve all over the city

The network of local libraries and bookmobile stops covers the whole of Oulu, from Oulunsalo to Yli-Ii and from Martinniemi to Ylikiiminki. The libraries of Tuira and Karjasilta are closest to the city centre. Services vary depending on the size of the branch library.

The Pekuri Library does not have separate meeting or working spaces for patrons. Workspaces and meeting rooms can be booked in the libraries of Haukipudas, Kiiminki, Oulunsalo, Puolivälinkangas and Yli-Ii. Small workspaces for 1–2 people can be found in the libraries of Maikkula, Oulunsalo and Ylikiiminki. The reading rooms are located in the libraries of Oulunsalo and Yli-Ii.

Information about library services and their opening hours can be found on the library website and the OUTI Web Library. The timetables and stops of the bookmobiles are listed on the library website (in Finnish). Workspaces and devices can be booked through Varaamo.

OUTI Web Library:
Bookable library spaces and devices:
Library customer service: tel. 08 558 47337,