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Library cards

Library cards are issued by the University libraries. You can get a library card from the library by proving your identity and giving your contact information to the register.

Most of the university library services are free, except for interlibrary loans, certain book orders and information retrieval. Also, if you do not return books by the due date, you will have to pay a fine accordingly. Your borrowing rights may also be suspended if you leave the fines unpaid and for certain other reasons. Check the terms and conditions for loans of each library you borrow books from.

University of Turku Library

Turku University Library consists of a Main Library, a Course Book Library and three Discipline Specific Libraries situated on the campus. Turku University Library has one of the largest collections of books and journals in Finland, 60 kilometers of shelf-space altogether. Based on the Legal Deposit Act Turku University Library receives free copies of all publications printed in Finland since 1919.  

Turku University Library´s e-resources are extensive and cover all disciplines, consisting of over 200 databases, around 27000 e-journals and over 300 000 e-books.

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Åbo Akademi University Library

Åbo Akademi University Library is an all-around knowledge centre actively supporting research, teaching and learning. The library serves primarily teachers, researchers and students of the university, but it is also open to the general public. From the library one can find computers, a reading room and a café.

The printed material consists of approximately 2.5 million volumes. The library offers access to a large amount of e-journals and e-books and to reference databases, which are available via library and other computers in the university network or by remote login with accounts. Åbo Akademi University Library includes the Main Library, seven subject or campus libraries and additionally some departmental libraries. Click in Åbo Akademi Library. 


Turku City Library (Turun kaupunginkirjasto/Åbo stadsbibliotek)

Linnankatu/Slottsgatan 2
el. (02) 330 000 (daytime) and (02) 262 0624 (evening)

 Vastaanotto Turun pääkirjastossa

Everyone can borrow books from the Turku Public Library free of charge.

In order to obtain a library card, you have to fill in an application and present a proof of identity. If books and other materials are not returned by the due date, overdue fees are charged. The overdue fee is 0.20€ per loan in a day after the due date, until you return the borrowed material. However, the fine will not exceed 6€/loan.

It is also possible to borrow videotapes, CDs, cassettes and CD-ROMs from the public libraries. All the basic information is online and you can do searches in Finnish, Swedish or English. A free internet connection (wifi) and computers can be used around the library. The library has a children’s section and a youth section as well as a reading area with journals and newspapers. In addition, there is an extensive nonfiction literature section.

There are also twelve branch libraries in the city area!


Special Libraries

The Donner Institute
Piispankatu/Biskopsgatan 13
The Donner Institute Library is the largest special library  on Comparative Religion. Loans need to be requested through ALMA.

European Documentation Centre
Assistentinkatu/Assistentsgatan 5, Educarium
The European Documentation Centre is maintained in cooperation by the University of Turku and the Åbo Akademi University and it serves all those who need EU information. It’s located at the second floor of the Education and Social sciences library.

The ICT-Library
Joukahaisenkatu/Joukahainengatan 3-5
The ICT-library is a joint library affiliated with the University of Turku, the Turku University of Applied Sciences and the Åbo Akademi University. It is located in the ICT House together with the departments of Information Technology of the three universities.

Library of The Institute for Human Rights, The Council of Europe Depository Library and UN Depository Library
Piispankatu/Biskopsgatan 19


20014 Turun yliopisto, Finland
Tel. +358 29 450 5000

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