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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
  • Loans are renewed automatically each month up to six months from the borrowing day
  • May be requested by another patron
  • To be returned within 14 days of the due date

Course books

  • 14 days
  • May be requested by another patron
  • To be returned within 7 days of the due date
  • Overnight/weekend loans can be checked out from 3.30 p.m. and must be returned on the following weekday by 12 p.m. to the same service unit

In-house loans

  • 28 days
  • May be requested by another patron
  • Remember to renew or return

You will receive a courtesy notice via e-mail three days before the due date and an overdue reminder after the due date. You lose your borrowing rights if you fail to return your loan(s) within the above time frame. For detailed fee information, see the price list.

Inability to read or receive overdue reminders as well as undelivered overdue reminders will not be accepted as a valid excuse for late return.

Renew your loans in Alma.


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. Make your request in Alma and state your campus address in the request comment box. Items are checked out prior to dispatch. Return your items by sending them back or return them in person at the library.

Updated 26.11.2019