The collections of the Tampere University Library comprise approximately 440 000 volumes of electronic resources (see Electronic Resources 2014) and approximately 457 000 volumes of print resources (in 2013). The materials are free to use for all at the premises of the library. Furthermore, the staff and students of the university can access the electronic resources remotely. Information on electronic resources can be found from the Nelli portal and information on print resources can be found in the Tamcat database.
The Collection development program of the Tampere University Library serves as a general guideline for developing and building the collections. The library evaluates and develops its collections by using an evaluation method called Collection mapping.
The collections of printed books and periodicals are located in the Main Library, in the Department Library of Humanities and Education (Humanika) and in the Department Library of Health Sciences (Tertio). The collections are placed on several floors and in storage areas. The material available in the closed stacks can be ordered by contacting the lending office of the department in question or with an order form.
The Main Library acquires information resources mainly on the fields of information sciences, management sciences, social sciences, arts, music research and speech education. The Main Library is also in charge of acquiring all textbooks excluding health sciences. In addition to the textbooks there is also the school book collection of class teacher education in the Main Library.
Humanika, the Department Library of Humanities and Education acquires information resources on the fields of education and humanities. The collection emphases is on history, English philology, Scandinavian languages, French language, German language and culture, Slavonic philology, Finnish language, linguistics, translation studies (English, German and Russian), literature history and criticism, and education.
Tertio, the Department Library of Health Sciences acquires information resources mainly in health sciences. Tertio functions as the textbook library for the School of Medicine, the School of Health Sciences and the Institute of Biomedical Technology. It also provides library services to the Tampere University Hospital. Tertio acquires all the required books and journals for the specialists' degrees.