Instructions for library use
Get to know HAMK library
HAMK Library is open for all and helps you with all your information needs. Here you can learn more about using the library.
You will need a HAMK library card to become a HAMK library client.
HAMK student – Apply for the library card in Tuudo.
HAMK students without a Finnish social security number, please fill the library card application form. You will receive further instructions via email.
Other customers can fill the library card application form online. Come to Hämeenlinna university centre library with a valid photo ID and we will give you your library card.
Library card is personal and you will be responsible for all the material borrowed with the card. You can use the same library card in all HAMK campus libraries.
Please keep your library card with you when using the library.
Here you can find more information how to borrow, reserve, renew and return materials in HAMK Libraries.
The overdue fine is 20 cent/book/workday, and three euros at the most for one book.
Once your loans are three weeks overdue, the library system marks them as lost and automatically adds the replacement cost for the book in to your account. The replacement cost will be removed from your account when you return the book back to the library. If you do not return the book, we will send you an invoice four weeks after the due date. Library will not compensate books returned after the invoicing. The invoice has to be paid in full.
When your fines reach 10 euros, or you have lost books, your borrowing rights will be suspended. This means you won’t be able to borrow, renew or make reservations. Once you’ve paid your overdue fines, you’ll be able to borrow, renew and make reservations again.
Please pay your library fees via HAMK Finna whenever possible.
Please see more information at library price list (.pdf).
HAMK students and staff are able to use HAMK campus libraries’ facilities and materials as self-service, also outside the library opening hours. Library self-service is working in all HAMK campus libraries.
Access to library
You can acces the library with your personal key card to the campus. The key card is either activated to your student card or a separate key fob. You will have to leave the premises before the alarms are turned on.
You automatically have the self-service library access in your activated key card if you are a HAMK student or staff member.
Your personal key card is only for your own use, it is forbidden to even temporarily hand it over to someone else. It is also forbidden to let anyone else into the library premises with your card. If you are in the library when the library closes and the library self-service hours begin, you will have to check in to the library with your key card. You can do this at the library door.
Getting a key card
Getting the key card is different on each campus.
- Evo: Ask Ulla Rauhala about getting a key card.
- Forssa: Activate the key card on your student card on a laptop in C-door lobby. Ask Esa Virta if you need for help or the key fob.
- Hämeenlinna: key cards are given out by HAMKO.
- Lepaa: Ask Irmeli Vanne about getting the key card.
- Mustiala: Ask Mervi Valtonen about getting the key card.
- Riihimäki: Activate the key card on your student card on a laptop locared next to the info. Ask Tuula Salin at the info if you need help or the key fob.
- Valkeakoski: Activate the key card on your student card on a laptop in the B-building lobby. Ask Hanna Kivelä if you need help or the key fob.
Borrowing and studying
You can borrow and return material using the self-check machines. You can also study and use the library premises and equipment that are meant for library customers. If the self-check machines are not working for any reason, you’re not allowed to take the material out of the library. You can only take out books that are borrowed to you.
Use the library main doors for entrance and exit. Emergency exits are only for emergencies.
There are surveillance cameras in the campus libraries. The data will be used to solve any issues and to prevent them.
What can you do during the self-service hours?
- Borrow material using the self-check machine
- Return loans with the self-check machine
- Pick up and borrow reservations
- Pick up interlibrary loans
- Use the library collections
- Use computers, scanner, printers and other equipment in the library
- Use the library premises to study
What can you not do during the self-service hours?
- Borrow journals (use only inside the library)
- Get a new library card
- Have personal customer service
Please keep the library clean and tidy and respect your fellow students, do not disturb their work.
HAMK library self-service rules. Non-compliance with the rules will result in the loss of access rights.
Library rules for HAMK library and information services
The library and information services of Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) consist of local and network services.
RIGHT OF USE
Häme University of Applied Sciences library (later: library) is open to the public. Some of the library services may apply only to the students and staff of Häme University of Applied Sciences and Häme Vocational Institute. Customers may lose their user rights if they fail to comply with the library rules or if their balance of payments exceed the limit set in the library tariffs.
The HAMK library card must be presented when borrowing from the library. A customer can get the library card after registration. Within registration one must present a valid identity card. The library card is personal and the holder of the card is responsible for the material borrowed with it. The library must be notified of changes in address or name, and of loss of the library card.
BORROWING, RESERVATIONS AND OVERDUE NOTICES
The HAMK library card must be presented when borrowing. The number of simultaneous loans per customer is restricted. Items out on loan can be reserved. The first overdue notice will be sent seven days after the due date and after that two more notices at one-week intervals. Library is not able to guarantee the customer will always receive the sent email.
The loan period varies according to the type of material. Loans have to be returned or renewed by the due date. The number of renewals is restricted. Some of the material is not lent out. In many of our campus libraries you can return your loans to a special return box when the library is closed. Please note that you do this at your own risk. You are liable to pay compensation if the returned items are damaged or stolen.
FEES AND FINES
Fees and fines will be charged according to the library tariff. Fines are charged after the due date even if the customer has not received an overdue notice. When a loan is 21 days overdue, the customers’ borrowing rights are suspended and a replacement cost for the overdue loan is added to their fees. By returning or replacing the loan and by paying the overdue fees customers will have their borrowing rights restored. When a loan is 28 days overdue, the library will send an invoice with a handling fee added to it according to the library tariffs. In accordance with HAMK Ltd’s debt collection practices unpaid invoices will be collected by a debt collection agency.
The library offers customers databases and other information sources and supervises and teaches customers on how to use them. A listed price will be charged on information services.
Material that is not in the holdings of the library or other local libraries can be requested for an inter-library loan. A listed price will be charged on inter-library services. The library complies with the national rules for inter-library services.
When using the information sources of HAMK web library a customer must follow the rules and instructions given in the library’s web pages or by the library staff.
PREMISES AND EQUIPMENT
When using the library’s premises and equipment, the customer must follow the instructions given by the library.
DATA SECURITY AND CUSTOMER FEEDBACK
The library customer register is used for library purposes only and will not be released to outside parties. The customer has the right to know what information has been saved on them to the register. The library reserves the right to use the social security number in its customer register. (Personal Data File and Act 523/1999 13§).
A customer can give feedback on the library services and products online or to any HAMK library.
Approved on October 23rd 2018
Here you can find manuals to help you use HAMK library.