Library Services

Primo Discovery (catalog)

The online catalog, Primo, is available from any computer with Internet access. The catalog includes holdings from the Maki Library, Northern Michigan University and Lake Superior State University.  The new catalog (Fall 2020) provides one access point to search items owned by the library in physical form and electronic form. BOTH books and journal articles can be located through one search. You may also access our e-book collection directly through the catalog on campus, off of campus you may view e-books remotely by entering your username and password when prompted.


The library subscribes to a number of print and electronic periodicals. The newest issues of print magazines and journals are reserved for Faculty, older issues may be checked out for 3 days. You can find the titles of both periodicals and journals in print and electronically through the Journal Search, located on the top of the library’s catalog banner.

Electronic Resources

The Library has access to a number of subscription databases. Some are provided to all Michigan libraries as part of the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) program. Some we subscribe to ourselves. Community members and guests may use the databases on campus only. Most of the databases may be accessed off-campus by students, faculty and staff.  Just go to the Maki Library website, when you click on a link for a particular database, a pop-up screen will ask for a username and password.  Use your Finlandia network login here (not your e-mail) to access the database. Films on Demand has a separate username and password for remote access, please contact us for off-campus access.

Interlibrary Loan

Finlandia students, faculty, staff, and former students may request materials from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  Other borrowers are requested to use their local public library. Patrons can borrow materials from libraries in Michigan and across the nation. Patrons can initiate ILL requests from Michigan libraries through Mel.org/melcat with their library barcode. If you do not have a barcode please see the Maki Library staff and we will issue you one. The library staff can also place ILL requests for patrons. ILL forms are available at the Maki library, please call or e-mail if you have any questions.

Course Reserve

We welcome you to put materials on reserve for your students. To do so, please fill out a reserve form which is available at the library circulation desk and submit your form along with your materials. Rebecca or Dana can place items on reserve. Loan period options for reserve materials are: In Library Only / Overnight / 3 Day / 1 Week, other loan periods can be arranged.

Textbook Justice Library

The Textbook Justice Library was created by Dr. Dekker, on of Finlandia’s English professors. Students donate textbooks that are still being used for class and those textbooks are lent out to other students for the entire semester. When copies are limited, financial need is prioritized through clearance from the TRiO office on campus. TJL items are searchable in the catalog. Stop by the library to inquire about TJL.


The Library has more than 20 Internet-accessible computers available for students and others to use. Academic use has priority over recreational use, students have priority over community courtsey card patrons. All of the computers have Microsoft Office software installed. Faculty and staff may print for free from library computers. Students are given two print and copy cards per semester; each is worth 96 pages. Color copies or prints will be worth 2 pages. Please ask at the front desk about printing in color.  Community members and guests are charged 5 cents per page, or a printer card may be purchased for $2.00.   If you would like to bring your class to the Library to use the computers, please contact us and we will reserve an appropriate number of computers for use by your students.

Checking Out Materials

A bar coded Finlandia ID or Library Card is needed to check out materials. A Courtsey Card agreement must be filled out by community members before using the library. Library cards can be issued on site, you will be able to use the library immediately.  Students may check out books for 5 weeks at a time, renewals are approved unless another patron has requested the item. All library materials are due back the Friday before finals week, unless special arrangements have been made. Faculty may check most materials out until the end of the current semester. A few items, such as Audiobooks or DVDs, circulate for 3 days.

AV equipment

Students may borrow AV equipment from the library for short term use. Items available include:

  • Multimedia projectors
  • Laptop computers
  • DVD player and RF converter for use with older TVs
  • VCR player
  • Region-free DVD player, plays non-US formatted DVDs
  • USB Remote for laptops
  • Web Camera
  • Boom Box
  • Tape players and recorders
  • Video cameras
  • Slide projectors
  • Digital cameras
  • Jump drives
  • Wireless keyboards and mice

Selecting and Purchasing Materials for the Library

The library is here for the students and for you. We hope to have resources available for the students which are integral to their academic endeavors. As an academic library, we do not have as many popular reading materials as a public library. However, we welcome your suggestions for purchase of new materials and resources.

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