New library system – what changes?

Oulu University Library has replaced the old library system with a new system, Alma. Oula-Finna will continue to serve as a customer interface, but there are some minor changes in Oula-Finna functionalities. This page gathers information on these changes.

University of Oulu and Oamk have their own Finna portal

University of Oulu and Oamk now have their own portals in Oula-Finna. Oula-Finna University portal includes e-resources acquired for the University of Oulu and Oula-Finna Oamk portal includes the e-resources acquired for Oamk. In both portals you can search for the printed material of Oulu University Library and National Repository Library as well as the references of Finnish periodical and monograph articles in Arto.

University of Oulu:

Logging in to Oula-Finna

University of Oulu and Oamk students and staff will log in to Oula-Finna with their institutional user accounts (Haka login), just like before. If you don’t see your loans, you need to add your library card to your account. See instructions

Other customers’ login functionality changes. They can create a free Finna ID or log in with their email address. We recommend creating a Finna ID and adding the library card to Finna account, after which loans can be seen without any email confirmation links. See instructions.  

When logging in with email address, Oula-Finna sends a link to the customer’s email for allowing the customer to view their personal data and loan information. The customer’s email address needs to be exactly the same as it is in the library database. Logging in with email address is for one time only – next time the customer needs to repeat the same phases again.

Requests for both on-loan and on-shelf items

When placing a hold request for an item in Oula-Finna, using the Hold-button makes now a request for both on-loan and on-shelf items.

Ordering legal deposit material from the legal deposit archive in Pegasus Library

The staff of University of Oulu and Oamk can order legal deposit material by making a normal request in Oula-Finna using the Hold-button. The hold request covers both the material available for home loans as well as the on-loan and on-shelf reading room/research loans. The staff usually gets the item that is soonest available.

The students and other customers can order these reading room/research loans for reading room use from legal deposit archive with a form in Oula-Finna. Link to the form is visible only when the item needed is in place in the archive (and the requester is logged in to Oula-Finna).

Customer contact information

Due to the introduction of the new library system, customer data will be handled differently in the future. University of Oulu and Oamk users’ (students/staff) data will be imported directly from University of Oulu and Oamk personal data systems.

Personal data of the University of Oulu and Oamk students and staff will be updated from the personal data systems of the university and Oamk once a day. Update your personal data straight into these systems (WebOodi/Peppi/Mepco). Updating Oamk staff members' contact information from Sympa to the library system is currently being investigated. University of Oulu students: if your data has not been updated to Oula-Finna, please check in WebOodi if you have restricted the disclosure of your data.

Other customers can update their contact information in Oula-Finna (login with Finna ID or e-mail) or visit the library customer service desk. 

Due date reminder

If you have set a due date reminder for yourself in Oula-Finna before the library system change, it must be reactivated. Regardless of the optional due date reminder in Oula-Finna, the library system automatically sends due date reminders to the e-mail address in the customer information (Note! The e-mail addresses of the University of Oulu and Oamk students are automatically updated from WebOodi or Peppi).

Last updated: 22.9.2020