Oulu University Library is one of the six legal deposit libraries in Finland. The library's extensive and comprehensive collections of Finnish publications help to facilitate the multi-disciplinary research conducted in Northern Finland.
Legal deposit activity is based on the Act on Collecting and Preserving Cultural Materials (1433/2007). The purpose of the act is to archive and preserve Finnish cultural heritage for information users. The National Library of Finland and the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) are responsible for legal deposit activity in Finland.
Printed legal deposit materials are kept in the legal deposit archive in the Pegasus Library. Library users may order the material for their own use by placing an order through the Oula-Finna online catalogue or at the library service desk.
The materials ordered from the archive are brought to the ground floor service desk in the Pegasus Library, where the customers may borrow them for reading room use in the library. The staff of the University of Oulu may also borrow the material for use in their offices.
The maps, official publications and statistical publications that the library has received as legal deposit copies are available for browsing and use by customers on the top floor of the Pegasus Library.
Oulu City Library was granted legal deposit rights after the Second World War, when the legal deposit rights of the Viipuri City Library were transferred to Oulu. In 1961 the government transferred the legal deposit rights from Oulu City Library to Oulu University Library.
The legal deposit rights of Oulu University Library have never covered newspapers and recordings (e.g. sound recordings). As regards other material, the changes in the legislation have affected the legal deposit entitlement of the university library as follows:
Further information about legal deposit activity in Oulu:
Murhu, Rae. Oulun yliopiston kirjasto 1959-1984 = Oulu University Library 1959-1984
Oulu: Oulun yliopisto 1985. Oulun yliopiston kirjaston julkaisuja 12
Pilkkeitä kirjastosta : Oulun yliopiston kirjaston 40-vuotisjuhlajulkaisu
Oulu: Oulun yliopiston kirjasto, 1999. Oulun yliopiston kirjaston julkaisuja 45
Fennica - the National Bibliography of Finland
Melinda - union catalogue of Finnish libraries
Arto - database of Finnish periodical and monograph articles