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Tallinn Central Library is a public library and the library serves all the inhabitants and visitors of Tallinn.
Our library has 3 departments, 17 branch libraries and a mobile library. Readers only need one unified library card or their Estonian ID-card for using our services in any of our departments or branches.
In 2012 we registered 72 514 readers who visited our libraries 1 056 919 times and borrowed home 1 800 000 documents. 63.7% of the homelendings is made up of fiction. By the end of the year 2012 there were 1 039 319 documents total in our library. Our web site was visited 419 341 times.
Our readers: 20,8% (15 184) below 17 years old, 79,2% adults.
Visitors: 19% (183 227) below 17 years old, 81 % adults.
Borrowers: 10,2% (166 287) below 17 years old, 89,8% adults.
We have set up 208 modern computer workplaces for our readers in our library.
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights. In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. Text by Steve Smith.