Karelia University of Applied Sciences Library is open for everyone. You do not have to study at the Karelia UAS to use library services. Please follow these Library Rules (pdf), which have been done together with our students [Library Rules as a docx file]. Download a free Library brochure (pdf).
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 your library card is ready to pick up (1–2 workdays). 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 can avoid overdue fines by returning or renewing the borrowed items by the due date. The library will usually send overdue and other notices by email to your Karelia email 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 can be our customer also without a library card. You are able to use our ebooks, ejournals and databases at home, if you log in to Karelia‑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. Printing and/or saving of the licenced electronic material can be prohibited for the other than Karelia UAS users.
Personal library account
After you have got your library card you can log in to your personal library account at Karelia-Finna. You are able to renew your loans and make requests.
Karelia’s student/staff: Log in to Karelia-Finna with your Karelia UAS network username and password. Connect your library card to your Karelia-Finna ID. See how to do it.
Other customer: Log in to Karelia-Finna by email address.
How to borrow
You can borrow books and other library materials by using self-service lending machines, or at customer service. You must have a library card with you to borrow library materials.
The loan periods are following: Books from general collection: 4 weeks. Course books and periodicals: 2 weeks. Reference library books are not for loan — they are only meant to be read at library.
How to return books
You can return your loans by using self-service return shelf. If you have issues with your returns, you can return loans at the customer service within its opening hours.
You can also use library’s automated book return machine (outside the library). It is located on the right from Tikkarinne Campus’ main entrance, along the downhill walkway (map).
Borrowed items must be returned or renewed on time (by the due date), otherwise there comes overdue fines.
How to renew
Renew your loans at Karelia-Finna on time to avoid overdue fees. You can also contact the library staff (by email/chat/phone or visit the library). We recommend that you renew loans online at Karelia-Finna.
You can not renew your loans if
- the items have been requested by another customer
- you have 10 euro or more fees
- you have renewed your loans multiple times within 365 days. That 365 days is the maximum borrowing time with renewals, after that you will have to return the book to library.
How to make a request
You can make requests at Karelia-Finna or at the library. If any copies are available at the library (in shelf), the request fee (pick up from shelf) is 1 euro. Please, check availability before the request!
“On hold shelf” ‑notices are sent by email. After receiving the notice, you can pick up your request from the self-service shelf nearby the customer service.
The fee for an uncollected/not-cancelled request is 1 euro per request.
You can cancel your request at Karelia-Finna, if the item is not ready for pick up and you have not received a notice yet. If the item is ready for pick up, contact the customer service, to cancel your request.
Fees and fines
The library charges the patron for overdue fines, 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).
You can pay your overdue fees online by logging into your own customer information at Karelia-Finna. For unclear payment matters, please contact the library prior to payment.