UEF Primo: library search engine

All the material acquired by the UEF Library can be found in the UEF Primo: books, journals, databases and other resources; in print and electronic format. Access to electronic materials outside the campus network is available to the studens and the staff of UEF.

Starting page of UEF-Primo

The search focuses on the library catalog by default(1):

-    campus library material available for borrowing and reading room use
-    theses
-    department and faculty library material, not available for borrowing
-    legal deposit copies (excluding prose fiction), available for reading room use
-    e-books and e-journals
-    databases and reference works

Alternatively, you can focus your search to:

  • international articles

-    international journal articles
-    other online publications: conference proceedings, book chapters etc.

  •  all e-resources

- all electronic publications (articles, e-books etc.) and databases

  • everything at once

Please note that the publications presented in the search results do not necessarily open up as readable full text material. This depends on the UEF Library's material use licences.

(3) Journals search focuses on printed and electronic journals only (but not the articles). Database search includes reference databases, encyclopedias, publication archives etc.

The advanced search (4) offers you versatile search possibilities.

By logging into the UEF Primo (2) you can save search results and set up scheduled alerts for later use.


Remote access

UEF students and staff can use e-materials also outside the campus network using UEF username and password. These are asked when you are opening the material from the link 'Full text availability' in the UEF-Primo. Another possibility is to logg in to the UEF Primo (2).


Sign in

Once logged in, you can see your personal information, renew your loans and make reservations. You can also save your searches and favourites for later use. For security reasons, the connection will be terminated after 360 minutes unless the program is used.

Login with University of Eastern Finland username and password

Sign in to UEF Primo with your UEF username and password, it allows remote access to electronic materials. You can use electronic materials without a library card, but if you also want to borrow and request printed books, you will need a library card.

Other customers can log in to UEF Primo with University of Eastern Finland library card.

Enter your library card number in the library card number and password fields. The system will then prompt you to set your own password. You will receive an email instructin


Members of the KUH staff use the remote access for their library services.

Inside the campus libraries the collections are free to use for everyone.


Quick instructions for searching

  •     Use * for truncation
  •     Write complete phrases "inside quotes"
    • you cannot truncate words within quotes
  •     Write search operators in capitals: AND OR NOT
  •     The default operator between search terms is AND
  •     Write OR operations in brackets

The search results that are the best match for the search terms are listed first (relevance). When required, you can change the sorting order to, for example, Date descending.

A large search result can be narrowed down and defined further afterwards. For instance, you can use the Library section to target the search to campus libraries, or Resource type for selecting the type of the publication.



Ask For advice

Ask an Information Specialist: information.services[at]uef.fi

Book an appointment with an Information Specialist (max. 1 h free of charge)


SEE also

UEF Primo - Frequently asked questions
How to find a journal impact factor (IF)
How to use RefWorks reference management sofware
How to use electronic resources remotely (outside UEF networks)
Research support



Feedback form

Feedback will be processed daily. Easily fixed issues will be solved immediately if they are essential to the service and in accordance with the operating policy. All feedback will be processed in the relevant services. If necessary, feedback will also be processed in the library’s working groups. Feedback and the changes prompted by feedback will be processed annually by the management group in the management review.