N.B. Changes to library services
New changes as of 10 May (fewer restrictions, e.g. will the reading room in ASA Library be open for ÅAU and Novia affiliated patrons). Read more about the current changes.


Request, reserve and borrow

Request in advance or get it from an open shelf?

Åbo Akademi University Library comprises five 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?
Academill Library Get it from an open shelf/Request in advance
Arken Library Get it from an open shelf/Request in advance (small amount)
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

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
Kemi, teknik and related collections Axelia library 1–3 days
Matematik Book Tower 1–3 days.
Rättsvetenskap Book Tower 1–3 days
Theological collections Book Tower 1–3 days

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.