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Using the library Finna website

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Making reservations

To reserve an item, log in to your account by selecting “Login” in the top right corner of the library’s website. Enter your library card number and PIN code.

Search for an item in the catalogue. Enter a title, an author, or a keyword in the search box. In the search results list, click on a title or a book cover to see if an item is available or checked out, and the number of reservations.

To reserve the item, click on “Place a hold on this title” above the holdings information. Choose a pickup location from the drop-down menu, and click “Submit request”.

For now, you cannot see the reservation number or the last pickup date on your account. Please, check the date and the number in the pickup notice you receive from the library by text message, email or regular mail, depending on your notification preferences.

Choosing pickup location

The Finna website uses the mobile library as the default pickup location for reservations. If you wish to change the location, choose your preferred pickup location from the drop-down menu when you log in to your account for the first time.

Adding parallel cards

You can add several library cards to your library account. For example, if you have dependent children, you will be able to view their loans, reservations and due dates, when you add their cards to your account.

To add a card to your account, you need the number and the PIN code of the library card that you want to add to your account.

You can also name the parallel cards for easier identification

To add a card to your account, log in and click on your username in the top right corner to view your account details. Select “Library Cards” from the drop-down menu, and click on “Connect library/parallel card”..

Library card on your phone

You can find a digital version of your library card in your account details. You can use this digital library card on your phone to borrow materials at our self-checkout machines.

To view your digital barcode, log in to your account, click on the user icon in the top right corner, and choose “Library cards” from the drop-down menu. Here, you can also see all the parallel cards added to your account.

Information about library locations

To learn more about our library locations, go to the drop-down menu under “Opening hours” on the library front page, and choose your library location from the list.

Click the symbols next to “Opening hours” to view information about the library location: email, phone, Facebook page, and itinerary suggestions. Click on “Service point information” for more information about the library location and its services.

Favourites lists

No information stored in the “My lists” area of the previous website could, unfortunately, be transferred to the new Finna website. However, all our customers could access the old website and view their list until July 2021.

To create a Favourites list in Finna, first log in to your account and search for an item. Add items to your list by clicking the pin icon on the right-hand side of the search result page, or by clicking “Save to list” on the top left corner in the detailed materials display.

Activating your loan history

View your loan history in Finna. Log in to your account, click on your username in the top right corner, and select “Profile” from the drop-down menu. Click the drop-down menu for “Loan history retention”, and select “Forever”.

Renewing loans

If you have more than 200 items checked out to your account at a time, you will not be able to renew your loans online for the time being.

Please, contact your library to renew your loans, tel. 06-325 3533.

Logging in to the national Finna search service

You can log in to the national Finna search service, with your Vaasa city library card, and view your Vaasa city library loans, reservations and charges. You can use the national Finna service to search for material from all Finna libraries, but you can only place reservations on items from Vaasa city library, and only log in to the databases provided by Vaasa city library. Also notice that you cannot request interlibrary loans directly through Finna. If you wish to borrow an item from another Finna library, please submit an interlibrary loan request to Vaasa city library

Where to find an item on the shelf

When you want to find an item that is available (not checked out) in your library, first check where the item is shelved (“Shelf”). The section for adult fiction has separate shelves for short loans and certain fiction genres. Most books are shelved alphabetically by author's last name.

For example, the thriller The devil and the dark water by Stuart Turton is shelved under TUR in the section Jännitys/Thrillers.

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The novel Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell is shelved under O’F in the section 84.5.


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If a book has more than one author, it may be shelved alphabetically either by the last name of the first author, or by title. Please, check both alternatives, or ask the staff to help you.

If a book has an editor (Finnish: toimittaja) instead of an author, it is shelved by the title. The book Handmade wedding / editor: Marion Paull is shelved under HAN in the section 65.


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Please, contact the library staff if you cannot find the item you are looking for!