Polar Libraries Colloquy
The Polar Libraries Colloquy is an international organization of librarians and others concerned with the collection, preservation, and dissemination of information dealing with the Arctic and Antarctic regions. This organization grew out of the Northern Libraries Colloquy, which first met in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in June, 1971. The Colloquy meets biennially, by tradition alternating between Europe and North America. PLC is governed by an international Steering Committee and publishes a newsletter, Polar Libraries Bulletin, as well as Proceedings of the Colloquies.
PLC is a member of the University of the Arctic.
The last PLC meeting was in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2016. In Rovaniemi we had PLC meeting last time in 1990.
Lapland University Consortium Library (LUC Library)
The Lapland University Consortium Library comprises the libraries of the University of Lapland and the libraries of the Lapland University of Applied Sciences. So LUC library has six library units in three towns in Lapland: Rovaniemi, Kemi and Tornio.
The library is open to all, serving primarily the 11,000 students and 1,200 personnel of the universities as well as their partners, regional economy, experts, and the general public.
The LUC Library has Lapland’s largest collection of science, art, and professional literature.
The library is a companion to studying, teaching, research, and development. The activities focus on expert services, teaching of information retrieval, and information resources. The library develops and provides its services on the Internet and in modern library units and learning centres.
University of Lapland
Located in the city of Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle, the University
of Lapland is an international, multidisciplinary university whose areas
of expertise include Arctic themes and tourism research.
As a research-based higher education institution, our teaching and
research facilities offer students the opportunity to study all the way
up to PhD studies and scholars to research in the fields of arctic
issues, tourism, art and design, law, education, and the social
sciences. Arctic Centre conducts internationally recognized research on
the interactions between people and the environment in the Arctic.
A sense of community is very important to people here in the far north and it is essential to us that the university’s research, educational, and artistic activities actively support the local community, businesses, and society here in northern Finland. Efforts do not end there - the research work we do here is also part of international scientific world.
Originally established in 1979 to provide higher education opportunities for those living in the far reaches of northern Finland, the university has now become an important educational institution for the entire country. The University of Lapland has turned out every fourth lawyer, every third university-educated expert in art and design, close to ten percent of the social scientists, and many talented educational professionals here in Finland.
Library Director Susanna Parikka
+358 (0)40 534 2659
Information Specialist Liisa Hallikainen
+358 (0)40 758 2590
Information Specialist Heidi Minkkinen
+358 (0)40 834 8274
Head of Library Services Marjatta Puustinen
+358 (0)40 081 0973