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TUAS Library Provides Services

Library services are primarily for TUAS students and staff.

Library offers high-quality information resources both at the libraries as well as online, and guides and helps in seeking information at the Turku University of Applied Sciences. The Chief Librarian is the head of the TUAS library.

Library has altogether five libraries on campuses situated in Turku (Lemminkäisenkatu, Ruiskatu, Sepänkatu, Linnankatu) and Salo.

Library in figures

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TUAS Library key statistics in 2015:

Opening hours 165 hours per week
Materials

72,400 / 123,000 book titles / items 
428 current journal titles in print
2,025 sheet music titles
31,200 electronic journal titles
136,000 electronic book titles

Borrowing

170,000 loans and renewals per year

Campus library visits

714 visitors / day when open

Virtual visits

309,000 searches using Aura Online Database per year

1,906,000 downloads using electronic resources per year

Information skills training

390 hours per year

Number of staff

19,9

Library user regulations

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Library, Turku University of Applied Sciences serves TUAS students and staff, but the library is open to other customers as well. Using of library collections and facilities requires following of library's rules.

Library card

Borrowing of library material requires a library card issued by the library of Turku University of Applied Sciences. The minimum age for receiving a library card is 15 years. Identification in the customer register is also required. Every customer has the right to check the information about him/herself in the customer register.

The library card is personal. The holder of the card is responsible for his/her card and the material borrowed with it. Immediately report loss of card to any of the TUAS campus libraries. After the library has received the report of a lost card, the customer is no longer responsible for material borrowed with the card in question. For replacement of the lost card, the customer receives a new one for a fee. Change of name and address must be immediately reported to the library.

Lending

The loan periods are announced in the campus libraries. The loan time expires at the due date by the time the library closes. Exceptions to this rule (e.g. overnight loans) are announced at the campus libraries. Renewals are possible unless reservations exist. The library has the right to prioritise reservations by TUAS staff and students. The customer cannot reserve material that he/she has borrowed for him/herself. The library can temporarily or permanently limit the accessibility of any material that belongs to the collections.

Fees and compensations

Lending is free of charge. After the due date the library charges an overdue fine and charging costs. Forfeiting or damaging of library property must be compensated. The library has the right to charge for any other service except lending. List of fees and other charges are available at the campus libraries. The library is not responsible for any damage to customer's appliances caused by a borrowed material or recording.

Forfeiture of lending right

The customer may forfeit the lending right due to unpaid charges and compensations, or through infringement of library regulations. Disruptive behaviour at a campus library may lead to temporary or permanent suspension of lending rights. The library staff have the right to require the disruptive customer to leave the library premises.

Customer register

The library's customer register complies with the Personal Data Act (523/1999), and is exclusively used in loan control. Register information will not be conveyed outside library.

Other regulations

In addition to general library rules, some campus libraries may have their own specific rules in harmony with those above. All rules and regulations are public information and available in every campus library. 

Price list

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In effect from August 1, 2016

Overdue fines 

  • Fine for overdue loans EUR 0.30 per item per day
  • Fine for overdue loans of textbooks EUR 1 per item per day
  • Fine for overdue loans of overnight and weekend loans EUR 1 per item per hour starting after the library has been open for one full hour
  • The maximum overdue fine is EUR 15 per item.
  • The maximum overdue fine for loans returned at the same time is EUR 50.

A customer with unpaid fines worth EUR 10 cannot take material out on loan until the fines are paid.

Reservation fees

Reservation fees for TUAS students and staff: free of charge

Reservation fees for other customers:

  • Fee for reservation EUR 1 per item
  • Fee for inter-campus loans EUR 5 per item
  • Reservation fees will be charged for uncollected items as well. 

Interlibrary loans

Loans from other libraries for customers paying cash:

For Turku University of Applied Sciences students and staff:

  • From Finland: EUR 5 per item
  • From Scandinavia: EUR 10 per item
  • From other countries: the cost determined by the delivering library

For other customers:

  • From Finland: EUR 15 per item
  • From Scandinavia: EUR 20 per item
  • From other countries: the cost determined by the delivering library

Interlibrary loans that have not been picked up will be charged full.

Interlibrary loans from other libraries for customers who are invoiced

For customers who are invoiced, the cost is always determined by the delivering library.

Photocopies ordered from other libraries to customers paying cash

For Turku University of Applies Sciences students and staff:

  • EUR 6 per article 

For other customers:

  • Cost is always determined by the delivering library, minimum charge EUR 6

Interlibrary loans that have not been picked up will be charged full.

Photocopies ordered from other libraries for customers who are invoiced

For customers who are invoiced, the cost is always determined by the delivering library.

Interlibrary loans from the TUAS Library to other libraries:

  • To libraries within the public administration in Finland: EUR 10 per item
  • To other libraries in Finland: EUR 20 per item
  • Abroad: EUR 20 per item

Photocopies from TUAS Library to other libraries:

  • EUR 10 per article

Interlibrary loans and photocopies for Universities of Applied Sciences are free of charge.

Information seeking

  • Independent use of databases: free of charge
  • Information retrieval assignments: by agreement

Information skills and research training

For Turku University of Applied Sciences students and staff:

  • Consultation with the information specialists during office hours: free of charge
  • Introduction to library services (max. 30 minutes): free of charge
  • Information skills and research training: free of charge
  • Customised information skills and research training (other than in the curriculum): by agreement

For other customers:

Introduction to library services and information skills and research training for other customers by agreement. 

Other charges

  • Replacement of lost or damaged materials: The item can be replaced with an identical item, or the customer will be charged a replacement fee of EUR 60. The fee varies depending on the value of the item lost or damaged. Processing charge of EUR 10 per invoice.
  • Replacement fee for a lost library card: EUR 5 
  • Black and white printouts: EUR 0.20 per page (inc. 24% vat)
  • Color printouts: EUR 0.50 per page (inc. 24% vat)
  • Library discards: EUR 1-5 per item, items with an exceptional value or items discarded from a special collection: a market price

Sale of TUAS publications

Publications of Turku University of Applied Sciences can be purchased at the TUAS Publication Store. You can purchase some TUAS publications also from the campus libraries.

The service prices are VAT free, excluding sale of printouts, TUAS publications and services based on agreement. The campus libraries accept cash and card payments.