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Welcome to the library

Karelia University of Applied Sciences Library is open for everyone. It is not needed to study at the Karelia UAS to use library services.


How to get a library card

You need a personal library card to borrow materials. Library card is free. Fill in a registration form on web. We will send you an email, when you library card is ready to pick up. Take an official ID card with you to get your library card.

As a library card, you can use the library’s own library card or POKA student card (if there is a barcode) or the library card of the University of Eastern Finland.

The library card must be presented each time you borrow material from the library. You are responsible for the material borrowed on your card. You should return or renew the borrowed items by the due date to avoid overdue fines. The library will usually send overdue and other notices by e-mail to your Karelia e-mail address.

As a library customer you accept our borrowing rules, charges and library rules and regulations. Take a good care of your card. If you lose your card, please inform us immediately. Inform us if your contact information changes.

You are welcome to be our customer also without a library card. You are able to use our e-books, e-journals and databases at home, if you log in to Finna with Karelia UAS network username and password. No library card is needed. At the library, you can read books and journals, use computers and study without a library card.

Personal library account

After you have got your library card you can log in to your personal library account at Finna. You are able to renew your loans and make reservations. Karelia’s student/staff: Log in to Finna with your Karelia UAS network username and password. Connect your library card to your Karelia ID. Other customer: Log in to Finna with your library card.

How to borrow

You can borrow books at the service desk or by using self-service when the service desk is closed. The library has both borrowing material and reference material. The loan period for books is 4 weeks and for course books and periodicals 2 weeks.

How to return books

You can return your books and other loans at the service desk, or by using self-service when the service desk is closed. When the library is closed, you can use library’s automated book return machine. It is located on the right from Tikkarinne Campus’ main entrance, along the downhill walkway (map). Borrowed items should be returned or renewed by the due date and time.

How to renew

Renew your loans on time to avoid overdue fees. Renew your loans at Finna, or contact the library staff (by email / phone / chat or visit the library). Online renewal at Finna is recommended. You can renew your loans max. 20 times. You can not renew your loans if the items have been requested by another customer.

How to make a reservation

You can make reservations via Finna or at the library. Reservations are free of charge. Only the material on loan can be reserved. If items are available at the library, please ask library staff to make a reservation (by e-mail / phone / chat). Available notices are sent by email. After receiving the notice, you can pick up your reservations from the self-service shelf nearby service desk. If you do not want to use the self-service pick up for some reason, please inform the library staff.

Fees and fines

It is free to use library collections, borrow items and make reservations. The library charges the patron for overdue fees, unreturned material, and for damaged or lost library material. Check the price list.

You are responsible for the material borrowed on your card. Loans must be returned or renewed by the due date. Fines for overdue items are charged after the due date. Overdue notices are sent by email.

You will lose your borrowing rights if you have 10 EUR unpaid fees or you have lost or damaged library materials. You will regain your borrowing rights by returning the borrowed items, paying the fees and replacing the lost or damaged materials. A lost or damaged item must be replaced with an equivalent item or by paying an amount determined by the library (the price for the item).