New students: Welcome to Jyväskylä University Library

Jyväskylä University Library Lähde

Jyväskylä University Library is located in the newly renovated Lähde building in Seminaarinmäki. The library service point is located on the upper basement floor of Lähde. Our service point is open

  • Mon-Fri 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

You can use the library facilities and collections as well as borrow and return books on the self-service stations whenever the building is open.

Lähde is open

  • Mon-Fri 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Up-to-date opening and service hours can be seen on our web page. We will inform about exceptions in our opening hours also on social media.

Where can I find textbooks? How can I get a library card?

When you need a textbook, go to JYKDOK database. There you can see which books we have and where you can find them. Textbooks, as well as field-specific literature, are located on the lower basement floor of Lähde. Our staff will help you when needed.

Many of our textbooks are available as e-books, and you can find them via JYKDOK. When you log in to JYKDOK with your JYU user account, you can access e-books and other e-materials. E-books can usually be downloaded on a laptop or mobile device. Tips for using e-books can be found on our help page.

You can borrow printed books as soon as you have obtained your library card. The easiest way is to activate a mobile library card in the MyJYU app. The card is immediately available to you and no visit to the library is required.

When the library card starts to work, you can renew your loans and make reservations on books that are on loan for someone else.

Working spaces and computers

There is plenty of working space in Lähde: reading places, work stations and group workspaces. You can book group work rooms in Navi application. Silent reading rooms can be found in 2nd and 3rd floor.

There is more working space in other University buildings, for example in Aalto Library in the University Main Building (C). The Library’s reference collection is also located in Aalto Library.

In Seminaarinmäki, Fennicum and room 139 in Opinkivi are available for students’ use daily. Entry is with an access keycard. Several of the University’s buildings have computer classrooms, which can be used whenever there are no lessons. You can use your own laptop since there is a wireless network on the campus area.

Get to know the library

The best way to get started as a user of our library services is to attend the library info session on Friday, 30 August at 9.30-10.00. The info session is arranged in the Main Building (building C, hall C1) and via zoom.

In Moodle learning environment you can find Library Start-up, which helps you learn the basics of library use and information seeking.

Online and social media

The Library’s web page is We are also on social media

Jyväskylä University Library and University Museum together form the Open Science Centre, OSC. You can get to know OSC more closely on our web page

We are here for you!

Don’t hesitate to contact us when you need help. We are here for you. Have a nice and inspired time with your studies!

Our contact information

Annikki Järvinen