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Interlibrary loan

Interlibrary loan is a service where the library borrows a book from another library and makes it available to its users.

Request an interlibrary loan

Material not available at libraries in Turku can be borrowed as an interlibrary loan from almost any other library in the world.
Make an interlibary loan request

  • Check Melinda and Vaski to see whether the material is available at another library in Turku
  • Material published before 1980 should also be checked in the Book Tower card catalogue
  • Make your request well in advance as delivery times vary a lot
  • Interlibrary loans are subject to a charge (see price list)
  • Interlibrary loans from Tritonia Library and article copies from the National Repository Library are free of charge for students and staff of Åbo Akademi University and Novia

Pick up your interlibrary loan

You’ll receive an e-mail message when your interlibrary loan is ready for pick-up at the Book Tower service desk. The interlibrary loan fee is to be paid at pick-up. We can forward the material directly to your campus office if your deparment/subject pays the fee. Interlibrary loans are not sent to addresses outside of Åbo Akademi.

Loan periods

The lending library defines the loan period and the loan conditions (e.g. in-house use only). The loan period is usually four weeks. The due date is printed on the ticket that is attached to the book. Interlibrary loans are not visible on your Alma user account. If you wish to renew your interlibrary loan, please contact ill@abo.fi prior to the due date.

Return your interlibrary loan

Return your interlibrary loan at the Book Tower service desk. Please return the loan intact with the due date ticket/any other slips.

Free interlibrary loans for students

You’re entitled to free interlibrary loans when you’re writing your master’s thesis. Have your thesis superviser sign the free interlibrary loans certificate and hand in at the Book Tower service desk.

Updated 7.1.2019