Help: 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 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 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?
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

Library card

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

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).

* 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 Available
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.