The Tornio City Library services include the main library, located in Länsiranta near the Swedish border, and a mobile library operating within the Tornio area.

Tornio City Library

The Tornio City Library is open to all residents and visitors at the address Torikatu 2. The library is situated close to the border with Sweden in the Rajakartano building, which also houses the Aine Art Museum.

The mobile library services daycare centers, schools and local communities within the Tornio city area. The mobile library has separate timetables for even and odd-numbered weeks, meaning that all stops are visited every two weeks.

In the library, you may read magazines and books, search for information on various topics, participate in events held by the library, or borrow materials.

The collection of the Tornio City Library is mainly in Finnish, but we also have some material in English and Swedish. Through the Multilingual Library, we always have a rotating collection of multilingual literature, and can order more items upon request. The Haparanda city library is situated about a kilometer from its counterpart in Tornio, and its services and collections are also freely available. The Haparanda city library collection is mainly in Swedish.

Library card

Before borrowing materials from the library, you will need a library card. The Tornio City Library is part of the Lapland libraries network, with a shared library card, catalogue and terms of use. The Lapland library card can be used to borrow materials at all municipal and city libraries within the Lapland region.

The library card is free of charge. Library cards may be issued to persons with a postal address in one of the Nordic countries. You will also need to provide a valid identification card to receive a library card.

Children under the age of 15 need permission from a parent to receive a library card. The loan period ranges from 7 to 28 days, depending on the type of material.

Additional services

In addition to physical materials, the Lapland libraries’ collection includes e-books and various databases. E-books and some of the databases can also be accessed online with personal library card credentials. Some databases are only accessible within the library premises. Available databases include PressReader, Naxos Music Library and Naxos Spoken Word.

Library PCs may also be used to browse the Internet and other tasks, as well as to scan, print and copy documents. Use of PCs is free of charge. Scanning, printing and copying are subject to a small fee. The library also has a reader for microfilms and microcards, VHS and vinyl converters, a PlayStation 4 game console, and an audio induction loop system.

The library organizes regular events for customers, such as children’s story hours and visits by artists. Upcoming events and other news are primarily announced on the City of Tornio website and the library’s Facebook page, and on bulletin boards in the library facilities.