Instructions of use

Own account and registration

Registered users can save searches, comment on content and reserve material

Logging in

You can log in by clicking the Login link at the upper right hand corner on top of the page and choosing one of the following two options:

  • Students and staff of Tampere University of Technology can use the Haka institutional login. Add your library card to the service after the first login in order to activate My account functions (e.g. loan renewals, reservations).
  • Other customers can log in to Tutcat with their library card.

My account functions


You can add records to your favourites using the pin-shaped button on the search results page or the record page. You can sort selected records into lists of favourites, print or export records to Refworks or email records. Records can also be opened on a mobile device using the QR code.

Saved searches, search history and new entries alert

You can save your latest searches either on the search results page or by selecting Save in the latest searches under your saved searches. Saved searches appear at the top.

You can use the new entries alert to receive emails about new records either weekly or daily.


You can view information about your loans and renew loans. Reserved items cannot be renewed.

A loan ban will come to effect if there are 10€ or more of unpaid fees.

Reservations and requests

You can make reservations to titles that are on loan. Only reserve materials from your own library (e.g. students primarily located in Tampere can’t reserve books in Pori department library, or choose Pori as the pick-up location).

You can view information about your reservations and requests, and cancel reservations. NB! Requests from National Repository Library can not be cancelled.


You can view the fees (e.g. overdue items) recorded for your library card.

Online payment

You can pay your library fees online. After logging in to Tutcat, you can check your fees from your account’s Fines page. Before you pay online, please note that:

  • You cannot change the amount you pay; you must pay the whole amount of fees at a time.
  • The minimum payment is 3,00 €.
  • If your loans are overdue, fines can be paid only after the loans are returned or renewed.
  • You cannot pay the fees online if there is a replacement fee for a lost /unreturned book among your charges.
  • Web payment is possible with all the Finnish web bank services and with Visa and MasterCard.
  • If you have fees that cannot be paid online, contact the library’s customer service.
  • Please be sure to return to Tutcat after you have made the payment so that it will be registered to the library system without delay.
  • Online payment is not possible during the service break.

Instead of online payment you can still pay your fees with cash or depit/credit card at the Library customer service.

Payment Service Provider

Paytrail Plc acts as a collecting payment service provider and is an authorized Payment Institution. Paytrail Plc will be shown as the recipient on your bank or credit card statement. Paytrail Plc will forward the payment to the merchant. For reclamations, please contact the website the payment was made to.

Paytrail Plc
Innova 2
Lutakonaukio 7
40100 Jyväskylä
Phone: +358 207 181 830
Business ID 2122839-7

My information

You can choose the email address in which you want to receive new books alerts to or select the library to which your reservations and inter-library loans are sent.

Fill in the contact information form to change your contact information.

Changing your PIN code

You can change your PIN code under My information.

Basic search

If search words are separated only by spaces, the search results are the same as when using the AND operator, i.e., the search results contain all the search words you have entered.

For example, discrete mathematics produces the same search results as discrete AND mathematics.

Narrowing the search

You can use the Narrow Search menu to narrow your search according to format (e.g. Theses), organisation (e.g. TUT Library) or language. By clicking on the arrow, you can display the locations or formats (e.g. Dissertations) of a lower hierarchical level.

Search results can be narrowed by selecting several criteria at the same time.

By default, the menu displays the most relevant search results at the top.

Year filter and timeline

You can specify the publication date by entering a range of years or using the visual timeline tool.

Retain filters

This feature retains your filters for new search. If you wish to carry out a new search applying the criteria, enable this function.

You can delete criteria under the Narrow Search menu.

Advanced search

Search fields

The Advanced Search page has several search fields in which you can enter search terms and phrases, and use various search operators.

Adjacent to each search field is a drop-down menu, from which you can select the field of the relevant record (all fields, title, author, etc.). If necessary, you can target a search to several fields by using several search terms.

Match drop-down

The match dropdown defines how to handle a query with several search fields:

  • ALL Terms (AND) – Searches for records that match the content of all search fields.
  • ANY Terms (OR) – Searches for records that match the content of one or more search fields.
  • NO Terms (NOT) – Searches for records which do not feature the content of any of the search fields.

Add Search Field allows you to add a new search field to the form.

  • Add Search Group allows you to add search fields for a new group.
  • Remove Search Group allows you to delete groups.

To define the relationships between search groups, use the ALL Groups (AND) and ANY Groups (OR) search operators.

For example, a search concerning the theory of mathematics or physics can be implemented with search groups as follows:

  • Add the terms “mathematics” and “physics” to the search fields of the first search group, and define the relationship between the search fields by selecting ANY Terms (OR) from the Match drop-down menu.
  • Create a new search group and add the term “theory” to its search field. Define the relationship between search groups as ALL Groups (AND).

Classification search

Classification search means that you can search e.g. using Universal Decimal Classification.

Search terms can be looked up, for example, from Finto thesaurus and ontology service.

Queries can also be built by using the following means:

Logical search operators

You can combine terms into complex queries with Boolean operators. The following operators can be used: AND, +, OR, NOT, and !-.

NB! Boolean operators must be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS.


AND, the conjunction operator, is the system’s default operator for multi-term queries that do not include an operator. When using the AND operator, the records included in the search results feature each of the terms in the search fields.

For example, to search for records that include “biomedical” and “engineering”:

biomedical engineering


biomedical AND engineering


The + sign can be used to indicate that the term must occur in all search results.

Example: to search for records that must include “biomedical” but can also include “engineering”:

+biomedical engineering


The OR operator returns documents containing one or several of the searched terms. You can also use synonyms.

For example, to search for records that include “academic” or “scholarly”:

academic OR scholarly


The "!-" operator excludes records that contain the following term.

To search for documents that contain "information management" but not "logistics" use the query:

information management !-logistics

Note: The operator cannot be used with just one term. For example, the following search will return no results:


Note: If the term begins with the operator, it can be included by using the backslash (\). For example: to search for !-merkki hakuehtona (in Finnish) use the query:

\!-merkki hakuehtona

Note: The NOT operator can be used similarly with this operator. However, the NOT operator returns more results, some of which may contain the term following NOT.

Phrase searches

You can search for an exact phrase by writing your search terms within quotation marks.

For example, to search only for records which include the phrase “software engineering”, not “software and hardware engineering” or similar phrases:

"software engineering"

Phrase search can also be used for a single word. Search result is then an exact match of the search word without any other conjugations.

Wildcard characters

? replaces one character in a search term.

For example, the terms “text” and “test” can be searched for using the same query:


* truncates a search term.

For example, the terms “test”, “tests” and “tester” can be searched for using the query:


Wildcard characters can be used in middle of words:


NB! The wildcards ? and * cannot replace the first character in a search term.

Fuzzy searches

A fuzzy search generates results in which words similar to the actual search word also appear.

~ carries out a fuzzy search when used as the last character in a single-term search.

For example, a fuzzy search for the term “fibre”:


This search finds such terms as “fibre” and “fiber”. The similarity of the search to the original term can be regulated with a parameter between zero and one.

The closer the value is to one, the more similar the term will be to the original term. fibre~0.8


The default value of the parameter is 0.5 if it is not separately defined for a fuzzy search.

Proximity searches

Proximity searches look for documents in which the search terms are within a specified distance, but not necessarily one after the other.

~ performs a proximity search at the end of a multi-term search phrase when combined with a proximity value.

For example, to search for the terms “physics” and “Feynman” when they appear within a distance of no more than ten terms from each other:

"physics Feynman"~10

Range searches

Range searches can be conducted using either curvy brackets { } or square brackets [ ]. When using curvy brackets, the search takes into account only the values between the terms entered, excluding the terms itself. Square brackets, in contrast, also include the terms entered in the range searched for.

For example, to search for a term that begins with the letter B or C using the query:

{A TO D}

For example, to search for the values 2002–2003:

[2002 TO 2003]

NB! The word TO between the values must be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS.

Weighted search terms

^ assigns a weight to the search term in a query.

For example, to assign added weight to the search term “Feynman”:

physics Feynman^5

Requests from National Repository Library

Tampere University of Technology students and staff can request books and articles independently without a fee (NB: book requests not picked up will be charged for 1€) from National Repository Library (NRL), located in the city of Kuopio. Other customers can request NRL books from TUT library for a fee. NB! You can only request books from NRL that are not included in TUT library collections.

Basic search also searches NRL collections, and you you can see the results on the National Repository Library tab. Advanced search only queries TUT collections by default, and NRL collections must be searched separately (choose NRL tab before making the search).

Book requests

It is possible to request books from NRL that are currently available. Books out on loan can not be requested.

  • Find the book you are looking for in Tutcat from the NRL tab and check that the item is “available”.
  • Log in to Tutcat with your intranet ID or your library card (click the Login button).
  • Click the Place an Interlibrary Loan Request button.
  • Change the default information on the form if you need to. Check that the Pick Up Library is correct and place your request.
  • You can view your requests on your account from the “Requests from National Repository Library” tab.
  • Once the request is handled and on its way, you can find your request from the Holds and Recalls tab.
  • NB! Requests from NRL can not be cancelled.
  • Lastly, don't forget to log out.

Article requests

  • You can request for articles from journals and magazines that are available in National Library Collections. You will receive a copy as a PDF file to your e-mail.
  • The request is made in the NRL tab: search the journal in which the article appears and open it (click the title on the search results page). Log in to Tutcat.
  • Find the “Article request” link on the right hand side of the page and fill in the form that opens: enter the article's title, author, publication date and the volume and/or number of the journal. NB! Check that your e-mail address is correct.


You can send feedback about Tutcat and library resources from the Feedback link on top of the page.