Welcome to the Library

Turku University Library is a scientific library open to everyone. Anyone can visit our library units and use our online services. By using the library's services, you agree to comply with the library rules and regulations.

Library card

How to get a library card
A library card can be obtained free of charge from any of the library units by providing an identity card and an address in Finland.

A barcoded library card from any Finnish library or a student card from any other Finnish university can also be used, it just needs to be activated in the library before use.

A library card is personal. You, as the card holder, are responsible for all material borrowed with the card and must agree to comply with the rules and regulations of the library.

If you lose your library card or your address changes, please inform us as soon as possible at library@utu.fi.

Volter password and PIN code

Signing into the Volter database

  • Turku University students and personnel sign in with an utu user-ID and password
  • other patrons sign in with their library card number and Volter password which can be set and reset at the sign in

PIN code for self-check machines

For self-check machines you need a four-digit PIN code. You must set and reset the PIN code yourself at the 'My account' page in the Volter database.

Change of address

Turku Universitu students and personnel

Addresses of Turku University students and personnel will update automatically from the university databank to library's database.

Turku University student

Turku University personnel

Other patrons

  • Sign in to Volter with your library card number and password.
  • Change your address on Personal details tab.

Borrowing and use of the library resources

Loan periods

Loan periods vary by library and resources

The most common loan periods            
•    course books 14 days
•    books 28 days
•    journals 14 days
•    If you are print disabled, you are entitled to an extended loan period on 14-day course book loans

Coursebook overnight and weekend loans
•    can be borrowed three hours before library's closing time
•    must be returned by 10 am next weekday to the library from where it was borrowed (by 11 am in Teacher Education Library in Rauma)
•    overnight and weekend coursebook loans can be borrowed during the day for three hours
•    no renewals

Information on loan periods of laptops, tablets and calculators can be found on Library premises and devices page


Automatic renewal

28 day loans will be automatically renewed for a year and course book loans for 6 months unless there are reservations.
You can renew your loans yourself
  • in the Volter database
  • by email library@utu.fi
  • by phone
  • at the customer service desks
  • by Chat
Automatic renewals do not apply to overnight and weekend loans. Also a suspension of borrowing rights prevents automatic renewals.
Technical malfunction or service breaks do not free you from overdue fees.

Why can’t I renew my book?

  • maximum automatic renewal limit has been reached
  • the book has been reserved
  • your borrowing rights have been suspended
  • it is an overnight or weekend loan

Return your loans 

  • to any Turku University Library unit located in Turku except for course book overnight and weekend loans which must be returned to the library in question.
  • by post (on sender’s responsibility) to the library
The overdue fees always accumulate after the owning library of the item has closed on the due date. When you return your loans to the return boxes, the books will be registered as returned on the next opening day of the library.

Library loans are your responsibility but we will notify you by email of the approaching due date of your loans and of loans that are already overdue.

Remember to check the due dates of your loans in the Volter database.

Overdue fees must be paid even if the emails and letters do not reach you due to an incorrect address or, for example, email failures.

Fees and online payments


Overdue fees accumulate according to the library's pricelist. If you have over 10 euros of unpaid fees, your borrowing rights will be suspended. A suspension of borrowing rights is in effect in all library units of the University of Turku.

Suspension of borrowing rights also occurs when

  • a loan is 28 days overdue
  • a coursebook is 14 days overdue
  • an overnight and weekend loan item is overdue

Borrowing rights will be restored after the loans are returned and/or overdue fees are paid

Accrued fees can be paid

  • with a debit card and most common credit cards (Feeniks Library, Educarium Library, Teutori Library, the Turku School of Economics Library and Library of Cultural Production and Landscape Studies in Pori)
  • in Rauma Teacher Education Library you can pay with cash or credit/debit card

The library charges a fee for lost or damaged items and for sending an invoice. If a customer has already compensated an item, the library is not obligated to recompense, if the customer returns the item later.

Online payment

​Online payment is at the moment out of use. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Online payment is available at My Account in Volter with all Finnish online bank services, Visa and MasterCard. When online, you can only pay the full amount and the minimum amount to pay is 1 €.

The fees can only be paid if the loans with fees have been returned or renewed. If you can’t renew your loans, contact the library by e-mail: library@utu.fi.

Paytrail Plc (2122839-7) acts as a collecting payment service provider and is an authorized Payment Institution. Paytrail Plc will be shown as the recipient on your bank or credit card statement. Paytrail Plc will forward the payment to the library.

Paytrail Plc
Innova 2
Lutakonaukio 7
40100 Jyväskylä
Phone: +358 207 181 830
Business ID 2122839-7


Using e-resources

The electronic resources are available in the network of Turku University or through remote access. Remote access requires UTU user ID and password.

  • Open University students - Registration and Student Services at the Open University
  • Walk-in customers
    • The walk-in access allows all library customers to use most of the e-resources of the Turku University Library.  Access to these electronic resources is available via dedicated computers where you can use, print and/or save e-resources of the library without logging in. The walk-in access is provided by most of the Finnish academic libraries.
    • A student of the University of Turku can, for example, go to the Åbo Akademi Library and use, print and/or save e-resources of the library without logging in.

The library sends customers overdue notices. If the customer does not react to the notices, the library will send a postal letter notifying the customer that the loans will be transferred to invoicing. If the customer has not returned the loans within two weeks of the transfer notification, the loans will be transferred to invoicing.

If a customer returns the loans after invoicing, the library will refund 80% of the compensation payment of the loans. The customer is obliged to pay the overdue and processing fees.

If a customer, after already making a compensation payment for unreturned loans, returns the loans, the library is not obliged to compensate the payments.

The collection of the unpaid invoice is transferred to the debt collection agency.

Borrowing between the campuses (Turku, Rauma, Pori)

In addition to the libraries located on the Turku campus, the Volter database also contains material from the Library of the Teacher Education Institute in Rauma, as well as from the Pori University Library's Library on Cultural Production and Landscape Research and the School of Economics in Pori.

Customers can borrow materials from campuses through the library's interlibrary services. Fill out the interlibrary loan request form online or contact us kaukopalvelu@utu.fi. The service isfree of charge.

Availability and accessibility are an important part of the services of Turku University Library

  • Print-disabled students have the right to an extended loan period for course books (14-day loans). The first loan period of the course book is 3 weeks.
  • Book-fetching services are available if you have a physical disability. You can request books to be delivered to a library of your choice.
  • 24/7 electronic resources.
  • Free Celia service for print-disabled students.

Find out more on library's Availability and Accessibility pages.

Reservations and requests


All library items can be reserved in the same way whether they are on loan, in a closed collection or on the library shelf. Reservations for shelf items are only available for books and journals in general collections, not for course books. Reservations are free of charge.

To reserve an item, log in to Volter-database

  • Turku University students and personnel log in with utu user-ID and password
  • other patrons log in with library card number and Volter password, which can be set and rest at the log in

You will receive an email notice when your reservation is ready for pick up from the library the book belongs to. The collecting period for course books is 3 working days, for other books 5 working days. Reservations from closed collections are collected daily on weekdays and reservations from Feeniks Library's remote stacks are collected on Thursdays.

Reservations are on self-service shelves according to your request ID which begins with your initials. Your request ID remains the same for all your reservations and it can only be found on the pick up notice letter, not at My Account in Volter.

However, if you need to reserve a book from another campus (Rauma, Pori, Turku) you need to contact Interlibrary Services kaukopalvelu@utu.fi. This service is free of charge.

Instructions to reserve libraries' group study rooms and devices

Storage requests for ephemera materials

Ephemera materials are located at Turku University Library’s Newspaper and Ephemera Services in Raisio. The resources can be accessed by making a storage request.

Please send Ephemera request by email library@utu.fi

The requested item is available the following working day at 10 am. Requested items are kept reserved for one week.

Please note that the requested material is only available at the Newspaper and Ephemera Services in Raisio, not in any other library unit of the Turku University Library.

Storage requests for newspapers

Newspapers are located at Turku University Library’s Newspaper and Ephemera Services at Raisio. The resources can be accessed by making a storage request.

Please send Newspaper request by email library@utu.fi

The requested item is available the following working day at 10am. Requested items are kept reserved for a week.

Plese note that the requested material is only available at the Newspaper and Ephemera Services at Raisio, not in any other library unit of the Turku University Library.

Article requests from the National Repository Library

National Repository Library (NRL) has started using Koha library system on June 18th 2019. Because of the change, the ordering of the article requests from NRL has also changed.

In the future the article requests are ordered through our Interlibrary Services at the Feeniks Library. Electronic copies from NRL are still free, please check the price of other services from the library pricelist.

You can use the Interlibrary services request form to make an article request.

You can also contact us via email at kaukopalvelu@utu.fi.

Interlibrary Services and resources around us

Libraries in Turku area
There are many libraries in Turku, so the material you are looking for can be found surprisingly close. The use of electronic materials is often possible as a walk-in customer. Check the availability of each library's own database:

Turku University of Appied Sciences

Turku City Library


Open Access resources

Many organizations have repositories where publications are openly available to anyone. Learn about the different ways to find parallel publishing and freely accessible open access articles in the Open Access Guide:

How to Find Open Access Resources

Interlibrary services for customers

Interlibrary services provides customers books and articles from other libraries. Service is charged according to library's pricelist of services. Electronic article copies from National Repository Library are free of charge.

Interlibrary loan request is binding. The customer is responsible for all costs of loan request even if the loan is not collected. Interlibrary loans can be renewed if there are no reservations.

To make a request fill in the request form for library customers or email kaukopalvelu@utu.fi.

Interlibrary services are located in Feeniks Library.

Postal address:
Turku University Library / Interlibrary services

Pricelist of services

Interlibrary services for libraries

Request form for libraries

​Based on the Rector’s decision the University of Turku has introduced an invoice fee of 15€ (alv 0%) for small sales. The amount of the additional fee depends on the expences caused by invoicing and it will be revised annually. The small invoice fee is added to invoices under 100 e (without taxes). The interlibrary services of the Turku University Library invoices customers biannually/annually.

Interlibrary services are located in Feeniks Library.

Postal address:
Turku University Library / Interlibrary services

Restrictions on interlibrary loans ordered from the University of Turku Library

  • The loans can be renewed up to 10 times.
  • Some of the publications such as Fennica collection sent as interlibrary loans can only be used in a reading room.
  • Course books are sent as interlibrary loans only for students of University of Turku.
  • Theses (master’s theses etc.) sent as interlibrary loans are for reading room use only.
  • Theses (master’s theses etc.) are not supplied abroad.
  • Copies of electronic material can be sent if the licence conditions allow it.
  • Journals: the Fennica collection lends journals for reading room use depending on their condition and the date of publication.
  • Newspapers are not available for interlibrary loans.


e-invoicing of Turku University Library

  • OVT-tunnus: 003702458963
  • Y-tunnus: 0245896-3
  • e-invoicing operator: OpusCapita Group Oy
  • operator brokerage code: 003710948874
  • If you are not able to submit e-invoices, you will be asked to submit the invoices to: University of Turku, PO Box 7245, 01051 LASKUT.
  • for invoice reference: library / long distance service
  • copies of the interlibrary requests in question

Pricelist of interlibrary services

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