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Information Literacy

Arcada's Library

Arcada’s library provides library and information retrieval services for the students and staff of Arcada. The library is also open to the public. Read more about the borrowing rules, loan periods and service of the Arcada library;

The Library in the app Tuudo

In the app Tuudo you can:

  • create a virtual library card for borrowing books in the automat
  • see your loans and due dates
  • renew your loans
  • see your overdue fines and receive a pop up reminder on expired loans
  • see your reserved books and receive a notification on arrived reserved books
  • check the opening hours of the library

Download the app to your mobile through your App Store. The library module in Tuudo works only for Arcada students, not external customers or Arcada staff. Watch the tutorial to get started:

Arcada Finna

Arcada Finna ( is Arcada's library catalogue where you find books, journals and theses written by Arcada students. By logging in to Arcada Finna and activating your library card you can:

  • make book reservations or cancel requests
  • see details on unpaid overdue fines and borrowing blocks
  • check your personal details (address, e-mail) in the library system and send updated address details to the library staff
  • save your search results
  • see your loans and their due dates
  • renew loans

The tutorials help you get started with Arcada Finna:

  • How to find a text book
  • Search for information on a certain topic

Reservations and Renewals

You will receive an e-mail or notification in Tuudo when the book you have requested has arrived. Pick up books at the library information desk. Reserved books are kept on hold for 3 working days. If you have reserved a book you no longer need, you can cancel the reservation. It is important that you check your e-mail not to miss e-mails sent from the library.

You can not renew your loan if:

  • the item has been requested by someone else
  • the renewal quota has been reached (the limit is 20)
  • you have 10€ or more in overdue fines

Watch the tutorial on how to log in to Arcada Finna and activate your personal user account to be able to renew loans and make book reservations:

Book Types in Arcada Finna

When searching for books in Arcada Finna you will see these different book types:

Text book

  • 14 day loan
  • available as one copy to 5 students
  • can be reserved
  • overdue fines 0.30 €/book/day

Short loan

  • 1 short loan copy available of each text book
  • can be borrowed anytime during the day
  • must be returned the next day before the library closes
  • can not be reserved
  • overdue fines 5.00€/day, starting from when the library has closed


  • reading room copy
  • can be read in the library, not for borrowing
  • can not be reserved


  • other books available in the library
  • the loan period for students is 14 days
  • overdue fines 0.30 €/book/day
  • can be reserved

Department Copy. Staff Only

  • teacher’s copy
  • can not be borrowed or reserved by students

Other Libraries in the Helsinki Region

As a student in Helsinki you have access to many different libraries around the city and region, both public libraries and university libraries. Arcada Finna can help you find a book not available in the Arcada library but available in other libraries.

Watch the tutorial to learn more about finding books in other libraries:

Remote Access

Some of the information sources provided by the library are of open access and available to everyone, while some are licensed and only available to the students and staff at Arcada. The electronic resources are available in the network of Arcada university or through remote access. Enter your personal Arcada user ID and password as this Arcada inlog window pops-up on your screen, to access the licensed resources on remote.

E-book Collections

E-books are digitized books that can be read on a computer, mobile or e-book reader. Arcada’s e-books are available on several platforms. Note that the selection and user agreements of the different platforms differ from each other. You access all e-books and find instructions for using them in the Libguide for e-books.


Scientific Articles

The tutorial below will help you get started with searching for scientific articles published electronically. In Arcada Finna, always use the name of the journal as search phrase when searching for a specific journal article.

During your 1. and 3. study year at Arcada you will get more subject specific training on how to find scholarly articles and research. Check your timetable to be sure not to miss these classes!