Opening hours on Ascension Day, May 24th-25th

On Wednesday May 24th libraries are open as follows:
– Main Library 8-18, customer service 10-18
– Kumpula and Viikki Campus Libraries 9-16
Meilahti Campus Library Terkko closed.

Learning Centres
– Aleksandria 8-17:45
– Minerva 8-15:45.

On Thursday May 25th (Ascension Day) libraries and learning centres are closed.
Aleksandria can be accessed with a magnetic key.

Kumpula and Viikki Campus Libraries have summer opening hours from Monday, May 22nd. The Main Library will continue with normal opening hours until Wednesday, June 21st. See: Summer 2017 in the Library


New York Times digital archive or Medieval manuscripts? We got it!

  • Digital Resources Guide  presents licensed digital resources offered by the library. Among these are historical newspaper collections and archived materials. Most of the guide’s digital materials are available only in the network of the university. University researchers and students can access online  through remote access with an off-campus computer.

Bubbling under: New York Times – archive covers years 1851-2013 (requires access to  Helsinki University Network).





Language courses in Ellibs e-library in May

Lingonet language courses are available on Ellibs’ front page during the campaign time until the end of May 2017.

The campaign includes eight Lingonet courses: four LingoPix courses for studying the basics of each language and four LingoPro courses for increasing your language skills needed in work related interactions.

Summertime begins at the campus libraries on May 22nd. Check the opening hours!

Meilahti Campus Library Terkko is closed all summer

The last day Terkko will be open is Friday May 19th, 2017 and the building will reopen in the beginning of the autumn term in 2017. Read more: Changes in Terkko

From Monday 22.5. onwards you can return books to a return box at the lobby in Haartmaninkatu 3 until Terkko opens again. During the summer Haartmaninkatu 3 is open Mon-Fri 7:45-16.00. Read more: SUMMER 2017 in the Library

Summer opening hours at the Viikki and Kumpula campus libraries

  • 22.5. – 22.6. Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • 23.6. – 6.8. closed
  • 7.8. – 27.8. Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 4. p.m.

When the campus libraries are closed, please contact the Main Library Kaisa House customer service on the 3rd floor, Mon-Fri 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in June-July, and Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 6. p.m. in August. We try to answer e-mails during the following working day. Read more: SUMMER 2017 in the Library

On Ascension Day May 25th all libraries are closed

On Ascension Day all library locations and learning centres are closed. Aleksandria can be accessed with the magnetic key.

On Wednesday May 24th Helsinki University Library is open as follows:

  • Main Library 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., customer service 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Kumpula and Viikki 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Learning Centre Aleksandria 8 a.m. – 5.45 p.m.
  • Learning Centre Minerva 8 a.m. – 3.45 p.m.

See all summer opening hours from the website 

Data Management Planning Workshops on City Centre Campus, 29.5. & 30.5.

Want to manage your data / write a DMP / meet the funders requirements? We still have left two Data Management Planning Workshops on City Centre Campus

Place: Kaisa House, computer class 5057, 5th floor.
Time: Monday 29.5.2017 at 12:00 -14 o’clock
Tuesday 30.5.2017 at 14:00 -16 o’clock


In the workshops, we will concentrate on the best practices of research data management and hands-on training of data management planning (DMP). The DMPs are drafted with DMPTuuli.

The primary language of the workshop will be English. Help and instructions are also available in Finnish.

University of Helsinki DataSupport

Further help in research data management is provided by the University of Helsinki DataSupport
Phone: 02 941 23000
Research Data Management Guide


Changes in group work rooms in Kaisa House during summer

The Main Library’s group study rooms will be centralized to the 4th floor

The small group study rooms on the floors 5-7 will move to the 4th floor during June and July. The larger rooms for group work (5005 and 6005) on the floors 5 and 6 facing Kaisaniemenkatu will remain as they are.

The five quiet reading rooms on the 4th floor will be changed into group study rooms. Accordingly the five group study rooms on the upper floors will be organized for quiet study. Thus possible noise from the group study rooms will no longer disturb those who want to study in peace and quiet.

Rooms on the fourth floor 4038 and 4040 will be provided with separating walls in order to achieve two more rooms. After the change there will be 10 group study rooms on the 4th floor: the rooms 4033-4043 on the long wall facing Fabianinkatu and a separate larger room 4005 facing Kaisaniemenkatu.

Group study rooms will be centralized to the 4th floor and quiet study spaces will move to the floors 5-7.

The work will start during week 23 (June 5-11)

The work will be carried out gradually during June and July starting from the 4th floor reading spaces which will be withdrawn from use on week 23.

From June 5th onwards the small group study rooms on the floors 5-7 (5039, 5040, 6040, 6041, and 7048) cannot be reserved until further notice. However, if there isn’t ongoing work in the rooms, they can be used freely. Watch notes on the room entrances.

The new group study rooms on the 4th floor as well as the new reading spaces on the floors 5-7 are free for use as soon as the work is finished in each room.

Please remember to follow the group study room rules

Especially during rush hours in spring it is important to keep your reservations prompt and cancel if the reserved space is no longer needed. The same rules are valid in all the library’s group study rooms including learning centres.

The maximum time for a reservation is 2 hours. If nobody shows up the reservation will expire. If possible, cancel the reservation in the office calendar to avoid no-show reservations.

Rules of the group facilities

Terkko’s textbooks as long-term loans starting May 8th, 2017

As of Monday, May 8th, you get long-term loans on textbooks from the Meilahti Campus Library.

Due date will fall no earlier than September 18th, 2017, when you borrow or renew your loans

  • April 24th onwards for books with a 28-day loan period
  • May 8th onwards for books with a 14-day loan period
  • May 18th onwards for books with a 2-day loan period.

The Meilahti Campus Library Terkko will be closed for renovations. The last day Terkko will be open is Friday May 19th, 2017 and the building will reopen in the beginning of the autumn term in 2017.

More information about the library services during the renovations on the page Changes in Terkko

Library is closed on Mon, May 1st. No night use in Aleksandria

On Monday, May 1st, all library locations and learning centres are closed.

There is no night use in the Learning Centre Aleksandria between 1 a.m. on Sunday, April 30th and 4 p.m. on Monday, May 1st.

Library opening hours


Publish openly and benefit from SAGE’s discount for APCs

The researchers at the University of Helsinki get a 87,5% discount from the APC payment when they publish their articles openly in SAGE journals (Sage Choice Titles) as a corresponding author. The normal APC payment would be 1600 GBP, but due to library’s Open Access-membership the author is left only with the APC-payment of 200 GBP.

Instructions for Open Access publishing in SAGE´s journals:

1. SAGE sends to a corresponding author the acceptance of the article and informs author about the possibility to publish the article Open Access.

2. The writer fills in the SAGE’s Open Access form and uses the Promo Code: “FinELib 2017“.

3. SAGE bills the 200 GBP APC payment from the corresponding writer.

When the article has been accepted the writers themselves have to add  the information code: FinELib2017, which entitles to the discount. Researchers also have to make sure that the billing is performed correctly with the discounted APC payment.

Trial: Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon Online until 30.6

Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon Online is based on the three reference works:

„Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon. Biographisch-bibliographisches Handbuch [Dictionary of German Literature Online. Biographical and Bibliographic Handbook]: 42 vols. (1968-2017)

„Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Biographisch-bibliographisches Handbuch [Dictionary of German Literature. The 20th Century. Biographical and Bibliographic Handbook]: 27 far (since2000)

„Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon. Das Mittelalter [Dictionary of German Literature. The Middle Ages]: 8 vols. (2011-16)

„More than 70,000 articles are edited and searchable in this database.

And all in all articles of over 90 volumes will be compiled.

„In addition, the database will be continuously updated and extended with bibliographic data from De Gruyter’s Germanistik Online database

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