Library

Frequently asked questions

1. Can I use Oamk Library even though I am not a student of Oamk?

The Library units of Oamk are open to everybody. Oulainen Learning Centre is available only to the students and staff of Oamk.

To borrow materials you need an Oamk Library Card. The same library card can be used in all library units of Oamk.

Some material can only be borrowed by the staff and students of Oamk. These exceptions are mentioned in the library rules

 

2. Which card can I use to borrow material from Oamk Library?

It is possible to borrow material from Oamk library only with the following cards:

      • Oamk library card
      • Oamk Tuudo library card
      • SAMOK student union card activated to be a library card
      • Tiekkö-card activated to be a library card in Oulainen Learning Centre
      • Oamk / Oulu Vocational College staff ID card, with an added library card barcode
      • mobile library card in Leevi: https://oamk.finna.fi

It is not possible to borrow with the following cards:

      • Oamk / Oulu Vocational College staff ID card 
      • driving licence, Kela card, passport etc.
      • library cards of other libraries
3. What is a mobile library card?

Mobile library card is an electronic copy of your library card. You can also use the mobile library card for borrowing material. Mobile library card is available in your Leevi account.

1. Login to Leevi
2. Tap Library cards from the dropdown menu
3. Tap the barcode number
4. Bookmark the page OR save a screen cap of the barcode

Self-service machines can read the barcode from most of the mobile screens. Zoom in or add screen brightness if necessary.

4. How can I renew my loans?

Loans can be renewed via the Leevi online catalogue – you will need your library card number. Students of Oamk can also renew loans via Tuudo app.

Loans can also be renewed by e-mail (contact information), at the library service desks or by phone. When renewing by phone or e-mail, the library card barcode number or studentcard barcode number must be provided with the request.

Loans can be renewed 20 times if there are no reservations. Renewal policies for video material may vary between libraries.

 

5. What is the password to Leevi? Where can I get one?

A password is needed for logging in to the Leevi online catalogue with a library card number and password combination, and for connecting your library card to your Oamk account in Leevi. 

If you haven't changed the password, use your lastname as a password. 

If the password doesn't work, request library staff to reset the password through the feedback form, by chat or by visiting your library. 

 

6. How can I borrow a book, which is in the collection of some other library unit of Oulu UAS Library? How much does it cost? Can I return a book to another library than the one it has been borrowed from?

You can reserve available books and those already on loan via Leevi online catalogue or by contacting the library. You can choose to collect the book from, and return to, any library unit. Oulainen Learning Centre serves only students and staff of Oamk, but material from its collections can be requested to other library units also by customers outside Oamk.

Making reservations is free of charge.

 

7. How can I return loans if the library is closed?

Kontinkangas Library

In front of the library there is a return box, which can be accessed during the opening hours of the Paasi building.

Self-service library users can return loans with the self-service machine in the library. Self-service library is available to students and staff of Oamk, and Kontinkangas Unit of Oulu Vocational College. Access requires an electronic key, which can be acquired from the campus porters.

Kotkantie Library

In front of the library there is a return box, which can be accessed during the campus opening hours.

Self-service library users can return loans with the self-service machine in the library. Self-service library is available only to students and staff of Oamk. Access requires an electronic key, which can be acquired from the campus porters.

Oulainen Learning Centre

In front of the learning centre there is a return box, which can be accessed during the campus opening hours.

If you want to return loans outside the campus opening hours, please contact the learning centre in advance.

Teuvo Pakkalan katu Library

In front of the library there is a return box, which can be accessed during the campus opening hours.

If the campus is closed, returns can be left in the library's mailbox, located next to door B.

Self-service library users can return loans with the self-service machine in the library. Self-service library is available only to students and staff of Oamk. Access requires an electronic key, which can be acquired from the campus porters.

8. How can I borrow a book that does not exist in the collections of Oamk Library?

By requesting loans from partner libraries you can order books from the Library of Kajaani UAS and Oulu University Library. You can also order articles from the National Repository Library (NRL) in Kuopio. These services are free of charge.

Oamk Library staff can order books and articles from other libraries as interlibrary loans for you. This only applies to materials that cannot be found in the collections of any of your local libraries. The interlibrary loan service is fee-based, see fees for interlibrary loans.

9. If there is a book I frequently need, which is not in the Oamk Library collections, would the library buy it?

You can make an acquisition proposal and your request will be considered.


10. How can I inform the library about changes in my contact information?

Contact information can be updated by filling the form on the library's webpage or in your profile in Leevi, by e-mail (contact information), at the library service desk or by phone.


11. How can I pay overdue charges? What should I do, if I have lost my borrowing rights?

Overdue charges can be paid as online payments in Leevi. In Kontinkangas Library, Kotkantie Library and Teuvo Pakkalan katu Library you can pay with a bank/credit card. Invoices for overdue materials can only be paid into the bank account.

For more information about charges, see charges.

Borrowing rights will be lost if overdue charges have amounted to 20 euros or more, or if the loans are 14 days or more overdue.

Borrowing rights will be regained after the overdue loans are returned and the fines exceeding 20 euros have been paid.

The maximum charge for overdue loans is 50 euros (when all the overdue materials are returned).

12. How can I access electronic databases remotely?

Students and staff of Oamk have remote access to the electronic databases via proxy server.

In some cases, remote access requires logging in with student or staff user name and password. Those databases are marked with a red lock –icon in the list of electronic databases acquired by Oamk.

More information about remote access.

 

13. Can I use electronic databases if I am not a student or a member of staff of Oamk?

All customers are allowed to use the electronic databases and full-text material inside the library facilities. Remote access is not available.


14. Where can I find bachelor's theses from my own field of study?
    • In the Theseus database 

    • In the Leevi online catalogue limiting the search to "Thesis" and using an additional keyword indicating your interest. Also phrases can be used, for example, “degree programme in international business”.

 

15. How can I read bachelor's thesis?
    • Theses published in the open repository Theseus are available for everyone.
    • Theses published in Oiva are available in Oulu UAS network, eg. computer labs and library pc:s. Student's and staff of Oulu UAS can also read these remotely by logging in with students/staff username and password. Theses published in Oiva are available for interlibrary loaning. 
    • Printed theses will be digitized starting in July 2019. They will be available in digital form during summer 2020 at the earliest. 

You need a pdf-reader software to be able to access electronic thesis.

16. What are keywords and where can I find them?

Keywords are used to describe the contents of the publication. They are always in a certain, agreed form. Oamk Library uses several Finnish thesauri and also an English version of

 

17. Where can I find instructions for searching information?

There is a self-study material for information searching. You can also ask the library staff for help at the service desk, by e-mail or by phone.

Oamk students can also Book a Librarian. This means, that a student or a small group of students can book an appointment with an Information Specialist for guidance in information seeking.

 

18. Who can borrow textbooks as audiobooks?

If you have a print disability, you can listen to course books in the format of talking books via Celia Library online services, free of charge. Registering as a Celia client is done in Oamk Library. Using Celia services starts with an introductory interview and user info in the library. More information: https://www.oamk.fi/kirjasto/en/services/accessible-books/

 

19. Why aren´t there longer loan periods for multiform-learning students?

Our customers are in equal position in regards to loan periods and charges, no matter where customers live. The Library cannot have exceptions to loan periods for multiform-learning students or any other student groups. 

If the loan is due before the next contact instruction period and you are not able to renew the loan, you can send it by post. You can also leave your books to be transported via regional transport system of Outi and Tiekkö libraries. Note! The books will not be removed from your loans until they have arrived in Oamk Library, so during the transportation the books will remain in your loans and charges will accrue. Regional book transportation runs according to their own timetables, so it may take over a week before the books reach Oamk Library. 

It is the customer’s responsibility to return loans in time, which is why he is also obliged to pay the possible overdue charges or other costs of returning. 

It is worth their while for multiform-learning students to use e-resources whenever they are available and also use local libraries for borrowing printed books.