• In order to make your library visit as safe as possible for everyone we ask you to please make sure to keep your distance from staff and other library visitors. Please remember to keep a good hand hygiene and to cough or sneeze in a disposable tissue. Do not visit the library if you have flu like symptoms.
  • Only every other seat is in use in the reading rooms and by the computers in order to better keep a safe distance.
  • The group study rooms are not in use until further notice

Request, reserve and borrow

Request in advance or get it from an open shelf?

Åbo Akademi University Library comprises four service units. 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. Items that belong to Donner Library are also included in Alma and need to be requested in advance.

Please note the delivery times for items you need to request in advance.

Library card

You need a library card in order to borrow, request and reserve items. Degree students at Åbo Akademi University are automatically registered as library patrons – pick up your card at any service unit and connect it to your Alma account. Exchange students, students at Novia and others need to apply for a library card.

Service unites/libraries with open shelves may have a small amount of items in closed stacks and which you therefore have to request at the library. Speak to library staff if you don’t find the item you’re looking for.
Service unit/library Request or get it from an open shelf?
Arken library Get it from an open shelf
Asa library Get it from an open shelf
Axelia library Request in advance/get it from an open shelf
Book Tower Request in advance
Archival collections Request in advance (use "Contact us")
Donner Library Request in advance

Delivery times

* The Bioscience Collections are on the 2nd and 3rd floor in Biocity. Students and staff in Biocity can borrow items from this collection by filling out a loan receipt found next to the collections.
Collection Pick-up at Request by Available
BioCity* Book Tower Day before Tuesday noon (12:00)
Book Tower Book Tower Noon (12:00) Same day (Mon-Fri) 3 p.m.
Remote stacks Kankas Book Tower Day before Tuesday and Thursday 3 p.m.
Kemi, teknik and related collections Axelia library Day before Monday and Wednesday noon (12:00)
Matematik Book Tower Day before Tuesday 3 p.m.
Rättsvetenskap Book Tower Day before Tuesday and Thursday 4 p.m.
Theological collections Book Tower Day before Tuesday and Thursday 3 p.m.

Request a book to your campus office

Researchers and 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.

1. Go to My profile and add or edit your campus address. Tag your campus address with “work” and remove the same tag from all other addresses. This must be done once after 7 Jan 2020.

Check also that you belong the group “ÅA (personal/forskare)”. If this is not the case, please contact the library.

2. Make your request in Alma and choose “Campus office”. Items are checked out prior to dispatch via internal post.

Request archival material

Request (more information about) items belonging to the Archival Collections by clicking on "Contact us" under "Material provided by" on the page of the item of interest.