The Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu is one of the most important centres of semiotics in Europe, with deep roots for cultural semiotics and biosemiotics. Names and works of Jakob von Uexküll and Juri Lotman, founder of world-renowned Tartu-Moscow school of semiotics, form the cornerstone of the Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu. In 2006, the library of the Department of Semiotics received as a donation the Thomas A. Sebeok memorial library, including his personal collection of biosemiotics literature.
The Department of Semiotics offers a creative research environment and a fascinating group of scholars bringing together a wide range of research themes in semiotics. The library holds an excellent collection of semiotic literature in English as well as in Russian.