Learning Centre

Our services during the exceptional circumstances

Services of the Learning Centre during the exceptional circumstances starting from Oct 26th 2020. 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 Oct 23rd 2020.

Spaces and facilities

Spaces of Harald Herlin Learning Centre are open restrictedly during the opening hours of the building, Mon-Tue 10am - 6pm and Wed-Fri 10am – 3pm. 

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. Staying in the premises or using shared devices is not allowed. Customers may read non-borrowable materials at the dedicated desk in the lobby.


Customer service 

Service desk in the Learning Centre lobby is open Mon-Tue 10am - 6pm and Wed-Fri 10am – 3pm. 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 that Aalto University expects everyone coming from abroad to stay off campus for two weeks.


Reserving, borrowing and returning books

Customers can reserve books that are in the Learning Centre collection. Customer service will get the book from the shelf. After receiving a notice to pick up the reservation, the customer can get the book from the reservation shelf in the Learning Centre lobby and borrow it with the borrowing machine as self-service.

To reserve a currently available book, you must have a valid Aalto University library card. If you do not have a library card, fill a library card application online ahead of time: https://web.lib.aalto.fi/en/forms/asiakas_eng/. You can pick up your library card at the Learning Centre customer service desk with a valid ID. Book reservations are made in https://aalto.finna.fi.

You can return books with the returning machine in the Learning Centre lobby as self-service.


Inter-library loan service and book acquisition 

Interlibrary loan and book acquisition services are back to normal, but some delays and deficiencies can occur due to the global pandemic.


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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