Study information seeking and management online!

Do you need help in finding sources for your master’s thesis but don’t have time to take a course? Try our new online open course on information seeking that is targeted at international students writing their master’s thesis.

MOOCThe course is produced by Helsinki University Library and it is currently a beta version.

The courses are open for everybody who want to polish their skills in information seeking and management. You can look at the course materials as a guest but completing the assignments require creating a user account. The courses are open for the time being.

Experience a new way of learning and be surprised what you’ll find!

Looking for Something? Train Your Information Seeking and Management Skills!

Helsinki University Library offers information seeking and management courses in English during the fall semester. You can study how to use RefWorks reference management program, get individual guidance at the information seeking workshop or try our new online course for thesis writers. All the courses are free of charge for the UH students and staff.

Open Training

You can see the list of upcoming courses on our website or search for a course directly at Weboodi by using the course code.

Examples of upcoming courses held in English.

RefWorks Reference Management (Kaisa)
Students, please register at Weboodi, 98510. Others register here.

Information Retrieval: Life and Natural Sciences (Viikki)
Students, please register at Weboodi, 98511. Others register here.

RefWorks Reference Management (Viikki)
Students, please register at Weboodi, 98510. Others register here.

RefWorks Reference Management (Kaisa)
Students register at Weboodi 98510. Others register here.

Information Seeking Workshop

Kaisa House, 5th floor, computer class 5057
Every Monday 3 pm – 5 pm during the term (11.9. – 18.12.2017)
No prior registration required!

Just drop in whenever you like between 3 pm – 5 pm and ask your questions. You can bring your own laptop along.

The workshop is also on Facebook.

Tiedonhankinnan työpaja

More information about the courses on our website. 


Meilahti Campus Library To Open On October 2nd

The Meilahti Campus Library will open refurbished as a part of new Terkko Healh Hub on Monday 2nd of October, 2017.

Terkko Health Hub is a new meeting point for university students, researchers, doctors and other healthcare staff and companies operating in the field of health technology. In addition to the library specializing in medicine and health sciences, Terkko Health Hub also provides working space, cafeteria and facilities for organizing diverse events. Terkko Health Hub forms thus an unique innovation ecosystem to promote new research, knowledge and business in life sciences and health technology.

Longer opening hours and new space for studies

Terkko Health Hub offers modern and modular working spaces for the diverse needs of all university students and researchers. The library’s customer service and most of the collection is now located on the 2nd floor. There is more quiet reading rooms and ergonomic spots where you can also work standing.

Nearly finished: Meilahti Campus Library awaits for its users

Nearly finished: Meilahti Campus Library awaits for its users

Helsinki University Library has the largest collection in medicine and health sciences in Finland. With our conversant information specialists we can provide the students and others operating in the life sciences a solid foundation to build on“, says Kirsi Mäenpää, Head of Services in Facilities and Customer Services at the Helsinki University Library.

The versatile digital collections of Helsinki University Library are naturally available to all university members at any time.

As a result of the new cooperation, the opening hours of the Meilahti Campus Library will be expanded. The library’s facilities and collections are accessible to the customers from Monday to Friday from 8 am until 8 pm. The library’s customer service desk is operating from 10am to 5pm. At other times, the library operates as Self-Service Library. The campus library has a new check-out station and also a return box for books on the 1st floor. Later this semester, the library will also have lockers where customers can charge their own devices such as phones and tablets.

Think Company Helsinki team hosting Terkko Health Hub is available throughout the building’s opening hours, and will also help the users of the library if they need help with equipment.

Welcome to Terkko Health Hub on October 2nd!

On Trial: GeoRef ja Geofacets until 30.9

GeoRef ja Geofacets are available for the University of Helsinki in the platform of Engineering Village to the end of September.

The GeoRef database provides access to the geoscience literature of the world. GeoRef contains over 3.8 million references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses.

Geofacets offers over 1.5 milion maps, figures and tables sourced from esteemed scientific publications.

Please send feedback:

On Trial: SciVal Trends until 17.10

What is SciVal Trends?

SciVal Trends allows researchers to search current scientific trends. By choosing an existing research area, or defining one of your own, this tool provides up-to-date information on scientific research. SciVal Trends displays information in a variety of ways: by institutions, countries, authors, journals and keyphrases (including a useful keyphrase diagram in the summary section). As such, researchers can find the current scientific trends that might lead to a new research strategy, opportunities to collaborate, or help identify the recent work of peers in their research area.

Please be aware that you will need to register for a SciVal account in order to fully access this resource.

The trial for SciVal Trends ends on 17.10.2017.

Please send feedback:

On trial: China from Empire to Republic until 7.10.2017





Explore unique, first-hand accounts of the cultural interactions and conflicts that gave rise to today’s modern China with essential primary source collections for researchers of China in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

China from Empire to Republic includes two collections:

Missionary, Sinology and Literary Periodicals

Maritime Customs Service of China, 1854-1949

Feedback by e-mail:


Workshop on Japanese Research Tools in Helsinki 11 September 2017

This annual NIAS workshop on using databases for Japanese Studies is this year organized by Helsinki University Library. It is best suitable for researchers or students who know Japanese or are on the way of learning it since most of the content in the databases is in Japanese. The presentations are in English.

As usual there will be hands-on introductions by the vendors to the most important Japanese databases on AsiaPortal: JapanKnowledge, Asahi Shimbun Kikuzo, Nikkei Telecom, Japan Times and Yomidas Rekishikan. The workshop is useful both for new and more experienced users of the databases as the presentations also include new features.

Participation is free, but registration is necessary as seats are limited.

Time: Monday 11.9.2017, 10.00-15.30 
Venue: Siltavuorenpenger 3 A (Athena), 3rd floor, room 302, University of Helsinki


10:00-11:00 JapanKnowledge
11:00-11:10 Short Break
11:10-12:00 Asahi Shimbun Kikuzo II Visual
12:00-12:15 Japan Times Archives
12:15-13:15 Lunch Break
13:15-14:15 Nikkei Telecom
14:15-14:25 Short Break
14:25-14:30 Hokkaido University Info (in Japanese)
14:30-15:30 140 Years of The Yomiuri Shimbun

Registration: Latest 5 September to Pekka Karhula, Helsinki University Library by email to For more information, please contact Pekka Karhula.


Legal e-books collection from KauppakamariTieto

Legal e-books (Juridiikka collection) from KauppakamariTieto can be used in Helsinki university network until 31.7.2018. E-books are catalogued in Helka database.

  • Esineoikeus eurooppalaistuvassa Suomessa (2012)
  • Esinevakuudet (2016)
  • Guide to the Finnish Arbitration Rules (2015)
  • Huoltoriitojen sovittelu tuomioistuimessa (2015)
  • Incoterms 2010 (2012)
  • Incoterms 2010 (2. painos 2016)
  • Internationella köplagen (2013)
  • IPR käytännönläheisesti (2016)
  • Julkiset hankinnat yrityksille käytännönläheisesti (2017)
  • Julkisten hankintojen sääntely (2017)
  • Kansainvälinen kauppalaki (2013)
  • Kovenantit – Rahoitussopimuksen kovenanttiohjaus (2014)
  • Laki ja miten sitä luetaan (2014)
  • Lapsen huolto- ja tapaamissopimukset (2014)
  • Opas Keskuskauppakamarin Välimiesmenettely-sääntöihin (2015)
  • Rahoitusmuodot ja vakuudet (2013)
  • Sukupolvenvaihdos ja yritystoiminnan lopettaminen (2014)
  • Uusi arvopaperimarkkinalaki (2013)
  • Vahingonkorvaus asunto-osakeyhtiössä (2017)
  • Viestintä- ja informaatio-oikeuden perusteet (2013)
  • Yksityisyyden suoja Suomessa (2014)
  • Yritystoiminnan verotus (2014)

Feedback: e-library [at]


Ammattikirjasto – Juridiikka-kokoelma

The Autumn Term Opening Hours from 28.8. – Self-Service Hours now also at the Campus Libraries

Summer time is coming to an end and the new Autumn opening hours will start on August 28th 2017.

Self-Service Library on all Campuses

As of Autumn, in addition to the Main Library at Kaisa House, all the campus libraries will function as Self-Service Libraries outside of the customer service hours. The campus libraries will function as Self-Service Libraries on weekday mornings from 8 to 10 and evenings from 17 onward (except Kaisa House from 19).

Customer service personnel is not present during self-service hours. The Library provides user instructions to device and premises in the premises and on the web site. In the Main Library Kaisa House you can use the service phone on the 3rd floor counter to contact the staff if you face problems with the check-out or return machines.

Learn more about Self Service Library.

The Opening Hours for the Libraries:

  • Main Library Kaisa House: Mon-Fri 8-20 and Sat 11-17. Customer service Mon-Fri 10-19, Sat 11-17.
  • Kumpula: Mon-Fri 8-18. Customer service 10-17.
  • Terkko: (Note! Opens on 2nd of October) Mon-Fri 8-20. Customer service 10-17.
  • Viikki: Mon-Fri 8-19. Customer service 10-17.

All opening hours including exceptions can be found on library’s website.