Learning Centre

Our services during the exceptional circumstances

Services of the Learning Centre during the exceptional circumstances starting from June 16th 2021. The arrangements may change, so please follow our news updates. Latest information on the coronavirus from the Crisis Management Team: https://www.aalto.fi/en/aalto-university/information-on-coronavirus This page was last updated on June 16th 2021.

Spaces and facilities

Spaces of Harald Herlin Learning Centre are open restrictedly during the opening hours of the building: https://www.aalto.fi/en/learning-centre.

Customers can promptly collect the materials they need from the shelves. Books are borrowed with borrowing machines or at the customer service desk in the lobby.

It is possible to work in the reading room in the second floor using a pre-booked seat. A seat is booked with Aalto Space App: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/aalto-space-mobile-application. Please, note! Non-Aalto customers do not need to send their phone number to the e-mail address mentioned on the instructions page!

Using shared computers is not allowed.

Customer service 

Service desk in the Learning Centre lobby is open during the opening hours of the building. Visits at the service desk must be kept short and safety distance must be respected. You can only visit the service desk if you are healthy.

Please, note! You cannot make reservations for books that are available in the shelf, apart from the Aalto Direct service. You can pick up books that are available in the shelves by yourself.


Inter-library loan service and book acquisition 

Inter-library service and book acquisition are mainly functioning as usual, but some delays and deficiencies can occur due to the global pandemic. Unfortunately, we cannot offer inter-library service for private non-Aalto customers for the time being.

For Aalto personnel, we recommend using Aalto Direct for inter-library service. Information about current service level of Aalto Direct can be found at the top of the order form page.


Copies from the printed matter held by Learning Centre

Copies from Learning Centre’s own printed material (eg articles from periodicals or encyclopedias) can be supplied to the students and staff of Aalto university, within the limits of copyright legislation and rules. Copies can be delivered as scanned PDF files to aalto.fi email addresses, for private study and research purposes only, on the condition that the material cannot be acquired otherwise.

Please send copy requests concerning this service to the address [email protected], with as complete citation as possible (title of the publication, ISBN/ISSN, title of the article/excerpt, authors, page numbers).

This service is still being tested and provided only on temporary basis. Please note that delays in the service might occur.


Use of e-resources 

Aalto University students and faculty members can access all licensed materials wherever and whenever by logging in with Aalto username. More information: http://libguides.aalto.fi/e-resources



Electronic theses can be found in Aaltodoc database. Availability of full-texts depends on authors’ permissions. See further information: http://libguides.aalto.fi/theses_dissertations

Electronic theses, which are not available in open network, can be sent to customers if asked. All requests must be sent to [email protected].

Attach the following information to each thesis request to ensure discoverability:
-author’s name
-title of the thesis
-year of publication

Customers have a limited possibility to use archived theses, that are only available in printed form.


Multi-function device – printing and scanning 

There are multi-function devices in the Learning Centre lobby for printing and scanning for Aalto University students and staff. Hand sanitizer are available nearby, safe usage of the devices in on the user’s responsibility. Documents to be printed cannot be placed in the printing queue with Learning Centre computers.


Contact information

Contact information of the Learning Centre as a whole. Our main service point is Harald Herlin Learning Centre at Otaniementie 9, Espoo.

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