Information for distance students (FAQ)

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Hello University of Vaasa, VAMK, or Novia student, are you taking an open university course or studying elsewhere? On this page you can find answers to the most common questions about distance studies.

Kysymysmerkki I am a distance student, do I need a library card?

You need a library card only if you want to borrow printed books or if you need access to e-book services Ellibs and Biblio. All the other e-resources your university has acquired are available via Tritonia's Finna search service: just login with you university's username.


Kysymysmerkki How can I get a library card?

You can create a library card, follow the instructions given on the page library card and PIN code.


Kysymysmerkki I live elsewhere, how can I borrow and return textbooks?

We can send textbooks to our students in Finland cash-on-delivery. Prices start at 19,90 €. You can also return your loans to us by mail, our address is Tritonia POB 331 65101 Vaasa. Please notify the library in advance by e-mailing The customer is responsible for books that get lost in the mail.

Textbooks are not sent as interlibrary loans to other libraries, since there is a limited amount of textbooks available and they are intended for students at the universities and universities of applied sciences in Vaasa.


Kysymysmerkki I have forgotten my PIN code and cannot renew my loans, what can I do?

If you have forgotten your PIN code, you can change your PIN code easily in Finna (log out and then open the log in window again -> click the link "change forgotten PIN"). Remember to use the same e-mail address as in your Finna profile!


PIN can also be changed at the service desk to a new code of your choice, by presenting ID. We do not change PIN codes by phone.

Kysymysmerkki Can I access the e-resources remotely?

Students and staff at the universities can access almost all e-books, e-journals and databases remotely. Log in to the Tritonia Finna search service with your university username.

Have you forgotten your university's username, or don't know what it is? If you are a degree student, please contact Helpdesk at your university. If you are an open university student, please contact student services at the open university.


Kysymysmerkki Am I entitled to free interlibrary loans?

Students writing their thesis are entitled to free interlibrary loans for their thesis provided that they are registered customers at Tritonia and the interlibrary loan request is made at Tritonia. Interlibrary loans service offers print material, which is to be picked up at Tritonia and returned to Tritonia. Tritonia does not send interlibrary loans by mail to its customers. Read more on the interlibrary loans services.

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