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Borrow

Åbo Akademi University Library is open to the public. You’ll need a library card to use our services.

Library card

  • You need a library card to borrow, request and reserve
  • Degree students at Åbo Akademi University are automatically registered as library patrons
  • Exchange students, students at Novia Turku and others wishing to use the library need to apply for a library card in advance
  • Collect your card at the library (bring along your ID)
  • Read the Library User Rules

Apply for a library card

Request in advance or get it from an open shelf?

Depending on to which service unit the item you want to borrow belongs, you need to either request it in advance in Alma or simply get it from an open shelf and borrow it through self-service. Please note the delivery times.

Alma (ÅAU)
Alma (Novia)

Items can be checked out using a self-service machine or by taking them to the service desk where library staff will assist you. Processed requests are placed in alphabetical order by patron surname on an open shelf. Please note that your requests are visible to other patrons. In-house loans are only issued at the service desk. Speak to library staff, if you prefer to check out all your items at the service desk.

Loan periods

  • 28 days
  • Max 12 months students
  • Max 36 months staff
  • Loans are automatically renewed, but can be recalled if reserved by other library users.
  • Requested/reserved materials must be collected within 7 days.
  • Overdue fee 0,30 € per day (max 6 €) – not collected for staff at Åbo Akademi University and Novia.

Course books

  • 14 days
  • Max 6 months
  • Loans are automatically renewed, but can be recalled if reserved by other library users.
  • Requested/reserved materials must be collected within 3 days.
  • Overdue fee 1 € per day (max 10 €) collected for both students and staff.
  • Overnight/weekend loans can be checked out from 3.30 p.m. and must be returned on the next weekday by 12 p.m. to the same service unit.

In-house loans

  • 28 days
  • Max 3 months.
  • Loans are automatically renewed, but can be recalled if reserved by other library users.
  • Patrons should return in-house loans when ready.

The automatic renewal runs three days prior to the due date. A courtesy notice is sent out if the loan cannot be renewed. Overdue reminders are sent out after the due date if the loan is not returned on time. Your borrowing rights are suspended when fees amount to 10 €. For detailed fee information, see the price list.

Courtesy notices and overdue reminders are sent by e-mail. Inability to read or receive notices/reminders as well as undelivered notices/reminders will not be accepted as a valid excuse for late return and fees will not be waived.

Return

Return your loans at any service unit, regardless of where you borrowed them. Use the wall-mounted drop boxes outside of Book Tower and ASA Library when the library is closed. Please note, loans returned through drop boxes will be registered as returned the following day the service unit is open.

Request a book to your campus office

Staff at Åbo Akademi University can request items from the Book Tower and the Donner Library to be delivered to their campus offices. The service excludes any items only intended for in-house use at the library. Read the following instructions before placing your first campus office request.

Updated 16.9.2020