Tallinna Keskraamatukogu - Page 284

‹ 284 › Tallinn Central Library co-operated with several factories and supplied fishing boats at anchor in Tallinn with books. They also co-operated with the Association for the Blind. In 1983 Lasnamäe Children’s Library and the Central Library music section were opened. At the end of the decade new branch libraries were opened in Mustamäe and Pelgulinn as a special project. In 1986 there was a fire in the main building of the library. As there were no extensive repairs done the fire service turned off the electricity on 26 November, imposed a fine and left the building to the cold and dark. After long negotiations with the highest fire service officials and contracting for new repair projects the library was allowed to open again to readers on 13 January 1987. On 3 October 1986 The director Niina Aršas retired. Helgi Peeba directed the work of the library until the end of 1989. At the 80th anniversary of the library’s establishment Estonia had reached the brink of a new age. The national awakening that began in the second half of the decade started to influence the work of the library more and more. There was one more significant change – on the 23 September 1988 the library took on the name of A. H. Tammsaare. In 1990 Anne Skrõpnik became the director. At the beginning of 1991 the library got back “The Workers’ Cellar”, a branch of the History Museum located in the cellar of the building. After leaving the Workers’ House in Suur-Karja street at the beginning of the 1920s the workers were given part of the former Russian Social House cellar by the city authorities. Workers’ movement activists gathered here to hold their meetings. The museum was established in the library’s cellar at the end of the 1950s. In 1991, after extensive repairs, the Russian language repository was located here. In the autumn of 1991, after independence was again declared, the elimination of outdated literature began. The entire inventory and catalogue were looked through. 1n 1992–1995 the collection of the Central Library was reduced by 59,000 books. Superfluous copies were given to other libraries. In 1992 the library subscribed to 244 magazines (33 Estonian, 197 Russian, 10 in other languages) and 77 newspapers (40 Estonian, 37 Russian). In 1994 the number of magazines was reduced to 202 and newspapers to 103. Book circulation was 2.04 in 1995, 2.7 in the Russian section, 2.5 in the Estonian and 1.3 in the foreign language section. A similarly high circulation had been reached in the 1960s. Though there were 25 branch libraries in 1992, this number was reduced to 21 in 1993 due to the separation of two parts of the city from Tallinn and other reasons as well. In 1994 there were 70 travelling libraries, the greater part of them on ships. In 1994 there were only 27 travelling libraries as the library stopped providing its services to ships, and started establishing travelling libraries for hospitals and prisons. In 1993, in collaboration with the Finnish firm Akateeminen Tietopalvelu OY, the library undertook a trial run of a cataloguing module for entering new literature. The first computers at the library were also donated by the Finns. On 12 August 1994 the new statutes of Tallinn Central Library were accepted by the local authorities of Tallinn. In November new regulations were ratified for the use of libraries: Individuals not registered in Tallinn had to pay a security deposit of 25 kroons to borrow a book, and 20 cents a day for overdue books. In 1995 the number of books in Tallinn Central Library reached 436,139 (1,204,304 including the branch libraries). The greatest number of books were in Estonian, the greatest number of titles Russian. Half the books were fiction, poetry and children’s books, half were non-fiction. In 1997 the 90th anniversary of the library was celebrated. A booklet entitled “Tallinn Central Library” by H. Jürman and H. Peeba was published. In 1998 Kaie Holm became the director. In this time the library has become an institution that meets contemporary needs for collecting and storing information. New branches have been opened, most of the branches have undergone extensive repairs, only two or three of them are awaiting renovation. In 2005 a new building was constructed for