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 the Donner Library and a selection of the Archive Collection's items 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.
|Service unit/library||Request or get it from an open shelf?|
|Academill Library (Vaasa)||Get it from an open shelf/Request in advance (small amount)|
|Arken Library||Get it from an open shelf/Request in advance (small amount)|
|ASA Library||Get it from an open shelf|
|Book Tower||Request in advance|
|Archive collections||Request in advance (use "Contact us")|
|Donner Library||Request in advance|
You need a library card in order to borrow, request and reserve items. ÅAU affiliated patrons can obtain/activate a digital library card by using the Tuudo mobile app. Other patrons need to apply for a physical library card.
Digital library card
Use your mobile phone as a digital library card. Open a web browser and go to the page Library card in your account or use the Tuudo app (the latter only available for ÅAU affiliated patrons). Keep in mind that you need a pin code when checking out items using a self-service machine. You can change your pin code in Alma.
Delivery times are estimates. Immediately when your requested item is available for pick up, we’ll send you an e-mail message detailing pick up location and due time for pick up (usually one week).
|BioCity*||Book Tower||Processed Tuesdays|
|Book Tower||Book Tower||1 day|
|Finlandssvenska skolbokssamlingen 1960–1999||Academill Library||1–3 days|
|Remote stacks (Book Tower)||Book Tower||1–3 days|
|Remote stacks (Academill Library)||Academill Library||1–3 days|
|Rättsvetenskap||Book Tower||1–3 days|
|Theological collections||Book Tower||1–3 days|
ÅAUL-loans (loans from Turku and Vaasa)
Only for ÅAU affiliated patrons.
Items from the Åbo Akademi University Library collections can be requested and sent between our service points in Vaasa and Turku. Request an ÅAUL-loan using the ÅAUL-loans request form – the request cannot be made in Alma.
- An ÅAUL-loan is subject to normal library policies (loan periods and fees).
- Some material may be excluded. See form for all details.
- Delivery time can exceed one week.
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 archive 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.