The Municipal Library of Joutsa


The library was established 1864 by Aksel Lehtinen, a schoolmaster and civil cervant, and was probably located at his home. Year 1878 there were 30 books in the library.

Year 2004 the library moved into its’ current location, a former grocer. We’ve Aksel in the library even today: the modern Aksel is a cute library elf you can see for example on our Facebook site.



Everyone is welcome to borrow our materials. You need to prove your identity with an ID with a photo and fill a registration form to get a library card. You need the library card every time you borrow something.

Borrowing is free of charge. If you don’t return your loans in time, the fee is 2,50. Reservation is also free of charge.

The length of the loan period is 4 weeks (books, periodicals, audiobooks) or 2 weeks (other av-materials). Renewal is possible if there aren’t reservations. You can renew your loans online (you get a password at the library), by phone or of course by visiting the library.

If we don’t have something you need in Joutsa library you can request that from another Keski library. Only if you don’t collect your reservation, there will be a fee (2 euros). If the reservation is cancelled before last collection time, no fee will be charged.


Books (Finnish, English, Swedish, German, Russian), dictionaries, language courses

Newspapers: only in Finnish

Periodicals: National Geographic in English, Lantliv in Swedish and Schöner wohnen in German.

Movies: dvds, blu-rays, documentaries

Music: cds, karaoke-dvds (Finnish songs too), some concert-dvds, records (in the repository, ask at the lending desk)

Audiobooks and radioplays: mostly in Finnish, few in different languages for studying purposes

E-materials ( : PressReader, ePress, eMagz, Naxos Music Library and Rockway.

Other services

Computer hardware in Joutsa:

3 computers for longer sessions, you need your library card or an ID with a photo, you may reserve beforehand for example by calling

2 computers for short visits (15 min), you don’t need any library card or ID

Printing is possible from every computer.

We’ve free WiFi during opening hours.

Computer hardware in Leivonmäki:

One computer for longer sessions, you need your library card or an ID with a photo, you may reserve beforehand for example by calling. Black-and-white printing is possible. Library uses the same photocopier than the school, so the librarian makes your copies.

Photocopier & printer & scanner in Joutsa:

It’s possible to make photocopies and prints but you can also scan materials into your memory stick or e-mail. Scanning is free of charge.

Used book sale:

Bigger sales on February and July, ongoing smaller sale (1 bookshelf)


There’s an exhibition space in the Joutsa library and in Leivonmäki library it’s possible to use screens. Everybody can have an exhibition in the library free of charge. Exhibitions change every month. If there’re more willing comers than time, the local people are put on the first place. You need to fill a form (fetch from the library) to apply and reserve the room.


We arrange different happenings throughout the year, for example author visits and poetry evenings. Mostly the happenings are in Finnish. Follow our websites and Facebook – if something happens in English, we let you know!

Library sites, contact information and opening hours

The main library of Joutsa

Länsitie 6, tel 040 358 0010, e-mail

opening hours:
Mon – Fri 10 – 18
Sat          10 – 14

We work here: Anu, Eeva, Jaana, Nina,Tarja. We speak English.

The branch library of Leivonmäki

Leivonmäentie 6, tel. 040 763 6161, e-mail
open Tuesday and Thursday 13 – 19, Friday 10 – 16
during summertime closed one month (varies every summer), follow information!

The lending station of Mieskonmäki

Hirvensalmentie 193 (the school building)
open Monday 11.30-14.00 during the school year


broken / lost

  • container of av-material 1,00 – 6,00
  • plastic pocket of a cd audiobook: 0,60
  • bar code label 0,50

interlibrary loan                       

  • eventual  fees of the sender library

new library card

(if you loose or brake the old one): 2,00

overdue fine

the 1. letter 2,50, the 2. letter 5,00, the bill 10,00

plastic bag


printing and photocopying

0,25 – 0,75 / A4-page depending on the amount of the colour


2,00 if you don’t collect it in time

used books

0,50 – 2,50, periodicals 0,10