Library’s opening hours 18.12.2017-14.1.2018

Holiday season opening hours begin on Monday December 18th at the Helsinki University Library. We will return to normal opening hours on Monday January 15th 2018.



Kaisa House is closed between 23rd and 26th of Dec., Kumpula and Viikki Campus Libraries are closed from Dec. 23rd to January 1st. Meilahti Campus Library Terkko is closed from Dec. 23rd to Jan. 7th 2018.  Kaisa House and Learning Centres Aleksandria and Minerva are open between holidays on December 27th to 29th.

Check all holiday season opening hours from the library’s website.

Please bear in mind that the approaching turn of the year also extends the loan period of books.

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.

Cash no longer accepted in the campus libraries

The summer vacation ended in the campus libraries in Kumpula and Viikki, and they are open again starting August 7th. Welcome back! Please notice, that we still have summer opening hours (Mon-Fri 9-16) until August 27th.

Cash no longer accepted in the campus libraries

We no longer accept cash payments at the service desks in the campus libraries. Only payment by card is available. You can still pay with cash in the Main Library in Kaisa House. You can also pay overdue and reservation fees online after logging into your Helka account.

Opening hours during fall semester (August 28th – December 17th, 2017)

Helsinki University Library is back to normal opening hours on Monday August 28th.

Kumpula Campus Library is open Mon-Fri 8-18, customer service desk Mon-Fri 10-17. During the rest of the opening hours library operates as Self-Service Library.

Viikki Campus Library is open Mon-Fri 8-19, customer service desk Mon-Fri 10-17. During the rest of the opening hours library operates as Self-Service Library.

Meilahti Campus Library at Terkko Health Hub opens on Monday September 4th. The library is open Mon-Fri 8-20, customer service desk 10-17. During the rest of the opening hours library operates as Self-Service Library.

Main Library Kaisa House is open Mon-Fri 8-20 and Sat 11-17. Customer service on the 3rd floor is open Mon-Fri 10-19 and Sat 11-17. During the rest of the opening hours library operates as Self-Service Library.

Learning Centre Minerva closes at 12 on Friday, June 9th

Learning Centre Minerva is closed from 12 – 5:45 p.m. on Friday due to filming arrangements.

Please notice also, that Learning Centre Minerva has summer opening hours from Monday, June 5th:

  • 5.-16.6. Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • 19.6.-25.8. Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

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 

Opening hours for Easter

During Easter the libraries are closed from Good Friday until Easter Monday April 14th to April 17th, 2017.

On Maundy Thursday (April 13th), the libraries are open as follows:
– Kaisa House  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
– Kumpula, Terkko and Viikki 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learning Centres Aleksandria and Minerva are open 8 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. on Maundy Thursday. Aleksandria can be accessed with magnetic key during Easter (from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m.).

You’ll find all exceptional opening hours for Spring from the library web page. From the same page you will also see the opening hours for the coming summer.

Kaisa House is open on Sundays in March and April, 2017

From March 5th until April 23rd the Main Library will be open from 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays, with the exception of Easter holidays (from Friday April 14th to Monday April 17th), during which period the building will be closed.

Entrance on Sundays is from Fabianinkatu or by lift from Kaisaniemenkatu (1st floor) or by lift from Helsinki University metro station (floor K1).

Finland’s most popular learning environment works as self-service library

On Sundays Kaisa House will function as a self-service library. The collections and facilities are available to customers on all floors. The customer service on the 3rd floor is closed.

You can pick up your reservations as self-service from the open shelves at the service desk. Should you have problems with using the library or the self-service facilities, phone service will be available.

In case you need a guest login to the University network or copy cards (e.g. for printing), you have to get these earlier in the week.

The Learning Centre Aleksandria is accessible with magnetic key all Sunday

Learning Centre Aleksandria (Fabianinkatu 26) is open on weekdays from 8 am to 7:45 pm, on Saturdays from 11 am to 4:45 pm and closed on Sundays. Students at the University of Helsinki are able to access the Learning Centre outside these opening hours from 7 am until 1 am with a magnetic key. More information about using Aleksandria outside normal opening hours in Flamma intranet.

Main Library Kaisa House
– service phone 02941 23920
– email: library-citycentre (at)

Helsinki University Library opening hours
Learning Centre Aleksandria