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 grocery. 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 – unless you don’t fetch the item in time, the fee is 2 euros.

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, by e-mail 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. Ordering materials outside Keski libraries is also possible but the fee varies from library to library – please ask at the desk!


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

Newspapers: only in Finnish

Periodicals: 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-magazines, ePress-newspapers, Naxos Music Library, Naxos Spoken Word, Ellibs (books) and Rockway music school.

Other services

Computer hardware and  photocopier & printer & scanner in Joutsa:

-4 computers with printing possibilities

-free WiFi during opening hours

-scanning into memory stick or e-mail, scanning is free of charge

Computer hardware in Leivonmäki: One computer

Used books’ sale: bigger sales on February and in summer in Joutsa, ongoing smaller sale (1 bookshelf) in Joutsa and in Leivonmäki


There’s an exhibition space in the Joutsa library. Everybody can have an exhibition in the library free of charge. Exhibitions change every month. 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 website and social media – 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
extended hours (no staff around): every day 6 – 22

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 12 – 18, Friday 10 – 16

extended hours (no staff around): every day 8 – 21

During summertime closed one month (varies every summer), follow information!


broken / lost

  • container of audio visual 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 lose or break the old one): 2,00

overdue fine

the 1st letter 2,50, the 2nd 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