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Guide for new students

Welcome to Hanken's Library! This guide is aimed for helping new students on all levels getting started using the Hanken Library services. Here you also find useful tips on how to search information in databases and how to use proper reference technique.

Hanken library in Vaasa

Hanken's library in Vaasa is located in Vaasa city library (2. floor). Here you find Hanken's printed text books and printed journals. Use the Vaasa city library's search service to search and find printed books: 

Hanken's electronic material (such as scientific databases, e-journals, e-books etc) is accessed through Hanken's search service Hanna:

Library card

You need a library card and PIN-code in order to be able to borrow books from the library. Apply for a library card from the customer service desk in the Vaasa city library or directly from the Hanken library staff in Vaasa. In case you already have a library card from the city library, contact the library staff for an update. Show your study card and ID. Always bring your library card when you want to borrow printed books.

Borrowing and returning

Use the self check machines for loans and returns. The loan periods are:

  • Text books: 14 days
  • Short loans: 1 day (must be returned by the following working day before the library closes)
  • Other books: 28 days

Overdue fines: 

  • 0,20 euro/book/day.

More information on the lending rules is found through the link below:


If the book you need is borrowed out you can place a request, either online through the Vaasa city library search service or at the service desk. You will receive an e-mail when the item is available. Reserved text books will be kept on the pick-up shelf four (4) days, other books are kept nine (9) days on the shelf. Please note that a book that remains unclaimed incur a 2 euro fee. Please cancel the reservation if you do not longer need the book.

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Other libraries in Vaasa

As a student in Vaasa, you can find literature for your studies from the Tritonia Academic Library (Yliopistonranta 7) and the Åbo Akademi Library in Academill (Rantakatu 2). You can register as a customer in these two libraries to borrow and reserve books. In Tritonia you can also use the printers and copying machines for a small fee. Through the national search portal you can see if the literature you need is available at other libraries in Finland.

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Interlibrary loan

Books and articles that aren't available in the Hanken library or in any other library in the Helsinki region (for students or staff in Helsinki) or in libraries in Vaasa (for students or staff in Vaasa), can be requested for free as inter library loan. More information about this service is available on the library’s homepage. 

Printing, copying, scanning

All printing, scanning and copying at Hanken is done with multi-function copiers (printer, scanner and copier in one unit). As a student you need to buy credits in order to be able to use the copiers. More information found through the link below.

Students with reading disabilities

Students who are visually impaired or have a print disability (i.e. dyslexia) may use text books in the format of audio books. Hanken library use the services of the Celia library (National library for accessible literature and publishing in Finland). 

Accessing text books as audio books is a service that requires forward planning and a long-term perspective. Contact the library at the start of your studies if this is a service you need. Make an appointment through the library's online booking calendar to learn more about the service, and to register as a customer in Celia.

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