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Library guide for new UTU students

Welcome to the Turku University Library!

Here you will find useful tips about the library. Check out our video, too!

How would I go about getting a library card?

Your customer data is transferred automatically from Peppi to the library and you will receive a welcome letter from the library to your email. Then you can use your library card in Tuudo mobile app.

You can also order a traditional library card online or from any of the library units, providing you have an identity card (or a passport) with you and an address in Finland.

After getting the traditional card you can also use a virtual version of your library card on Volter at the self check machines via your mobile phone.

Library Card Application

Opening Hours and Contact Information

Are any of the libraries open right now?

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, all the library units are open Monday thru Friday during the academic year. You can check the opening hours on the library website and in the Tuudo application. Any exceptions in opening hours will be announced in the libraries' info TVs, on the library website, and on various social media channels.

Library Opening Hours and Contact Information




I'm looking for course books, where might I find them?

Course books are available in both print and electronic format. The books can be found by searching for the title or author in the Volter database. You can also check via Volter which library has them and whether there are any copies available or not.


How long can I keep the books to myself?

The loan period for course books is two (2) weeks and for other books it's four (4) weeks. There are some exceptions to the loan periods, so be sure to check the return dates carefully!

Borrowing and using the resources

Oh no! None of the course books I need are available, do I have to retake my exam?

Not to worry, some course books are also available in e-format, so remember to check this option out. You can access e-books 24/7 via Volter with your UTU username and password, wherever you are.

If the book you are looking for is unavailable, you can make a reservation. They are free of charge and the queue usually moves fast. Keep in mind the overnight loans as well.

Borrowing and use of the library resources

Is there a portable option for the library?

If your phone fits in your pocket, then yes there is! You can access the library's e-resources whenever, wherever.

Does using the library cost anything?

The library card, borrowing, renewal, and reservations are totally free. You don't need to pay anything if you return your loans on time and in good condition. Some services, such as interlibrary loans, cost a little. Check out the fees in our pricelist.

Pricelist of services

Is the library open 24/7?

Yes! The Volter database and electronic resources are available at all times. Also, If you fancy some midnight reading, some campus libraries have study spaces with extended opening hours accessible with a university keycard.


Library premises and facilities

Who would be able to help me?

Just ask any of us library folks! Come and see us in the library, or phone, email, or CHAT with us. We are always happy to help you.

Contact information

Do I always have to be quiet in the library?

Certainly not! Only the areas that are colour coded red require total silence, where even using laptops is forbidden. Red zone is meant for silent study without any devices, mobile or otherwise.

Library premises

Can I leave my laptop home?

No worries if you forgot your laptop home, you can borrow a laptop from any of the libraries. Graphing and function calculators can be borrowed from the Teutori Library and Feeniks Library.

Library premises and devices

I need special study arrangements, can the library help me with my studies?

Sure we can! You are entitled to an extended loan period for course books. The first loan period is extended for one week.

You can also become a Celia customer by contacting the Turku University Library. University students with print disabilities can borrow textbooks free of charge from the Celia Library.

There are special study arrangement rooms available for reservation in Arcanum and Calonia Libraries.

Library accessibility

Dazed and confused?

Not to worry, try our guides and dictionaries to help you with studying.


Dictionary quide

All library guides

Feeling stuck with essays or course work?

There are plenty of extensive handbooks and reference works to get acquainted with your topic or subject. You can search for them in the Volter database with the subject's name and using search words such as 'handbook', 'encyclopedia' or 'companion'. Try using these search strings, for example:

education AND handbook

geography AND companion

economics AND encyclopedia

More information in the library's guides.

But wait, there's more!

Current news and topics to do with the library, such as exceptional opening hours, are announced on the library website, info TV's, and social media. Follow and like our posts!

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