European Documentation Centres (EDC) store publications of the European Union. The Joensuu campus library of the University of Eastern Finland Library has functioned as an EDC since 1984. These Documentation Centres are placed in the vicinity of universities and other higher education institutions to support study and research on European integration and to raise awareness of the European Union’s policies among citizens. The collections and information services of the EDCs are available for all citizens. The materials for the Centres are provided free of charge by the Publications Office of the European Union (OP) in Luxemburg. There are currently seven EDCs in Finland.
The printed EU collection has seen significantly less use starting from the 2010’s, and the number of free copies sent by the Publications Office has also decreased. These days, all publications of the European Union can be freely accessed online as PDF versions (see the section on Publications Office of the European Union below). Therefore, the separate printed EU collection was abandoned and the most used items in the collection were merged with the library's other collections. This will also apply to the free copies sent by the Publications Office that have been useful for the library’s collections.
The periodical publications (P E J) of the EU collection can be found in shelves 86-87 of the campus library’s first floor storeroom (Liukula).
The official journal of the European Union is published five days a week in all official EU languages. The journal is comprised of three serials and associated directories. The L (= Legislation) and C (= Courts) series in their entirety are freely available in the EUR-Lex database (also in Finnish since Finland's accession to the EU in 1995). The S (= Supplement) series can be found in the TED database.
As a general rule, all publications and databases of the European Union are freely accessible via the Internet, in most cases also in Finnish.