Minerva’s collections move to Kaisa House in April

KirjamuuttolaatikkoThe behavioural sciences collections and the library customer service will move from Minerva to the Helsinki University Main Library in Kaisa House this spring. The last day the Minerva library will be open is 2 April 2015.

  • Journals were moved from Minerva in February and are available now in Kaisa: two most recent volumes are on the 7th floor, older volumes on the floor K4.
  • Books borrowed from Minerva on or after 2 March 2015 will not be due until 6 August 2015. Books can be returned to all campus libraries and, in April, also to the returns box at the Minerva library. You can also use the night-time returns box by the Kaisa House or by Kumpula Campus Library. The books will be marked as returned the next day the library opens.
  • Books will be moved from Minerva to Kaisa as of 7 April 2015 and will be available in Kaisa by 1 June.
  • Theses will be available in Kaisa House no later than 20 April 2015. To get access to printed theses in the Main Library, please submit a call slip in Helka from the “request” button.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the move.

More information about the move of the collections can be obtained from Ritva Hagelin, Development Manager, ritva.hagelin(at)helsinki.fi.

Minerva Library of Behavioural Sciences

Helsinki University Library reorganised according to services

Helsinki University Library is revamping its organisation. Library services on the campuses and online will continue as before, but in future, the Library’s operations will be organised around the following three service units: Learning Services, Research Services and Access Services.

“Our aim is that by reorganising the Library, we will better meet the needs of customers on the campuses and online, and that the new organisation will better support the work of our specialists in the changing operational environment,” envisions University Librarian Kimmo Tuominen.

On 10 September 2014, the Library Board approved the new rules of procedure, which entered into force immediately.

While preparing the reorganisation, the staff’s development ideas and views were taken into consideration. The reorganisation is a logical follow-up to the reform carried out in 2010, when the University’s campus libraries, faculty libraries and the Undergraduate Library merged to form the Helsinki University Library.

New service units

Learning Services is responsible for the customer service and consultation provided by campus libraries on site, online and over the phone. The unit is also in charge of information management services for students and teachers, and develops the Library’s learning environments in collaboration with its partners at the University.

The director of Learning Services is Kirsi Luukkanen, who previously served as the head of customer service at the City Centre Campus Library.

Research Services assists researchers in all stages of the life cycle of a research project. For its part, the unit provides information and data management services to doctoral schools and researchers, and supports them in open access publishing and in advancing the visibility of their research. Research Services produces data on publications and research for the University administration and other clients.

The director of Research Services is Pälvi Kaiponen, the previous director of the City Centre Campus Library.

Access Services manages the Library collections, the acquisition and marketing of resources as well as the production of metadata. The unit is also in charge of developing the Library’s information systems and online services.

The director of Access Services is Annikki Roos, who previously served as the director of the Meilahti and Viikki Campus Libraries.

Internal Services supports the service units by seeing to the Library’s operations management and strategic planning, financial and human resource management, and competence management as well as the coordination of communication and public engagement.

Tiina Äärilä continues as the Library’s head of administration.


Campus coordinators

Library services on the campuses continue as before. The Library’s campus coordinators handle local cooperation with other organisations on the campus:

Ritva Hagelin, Main Library

Antti Virrankoski, Kumpula Campus Library

Marja Moisio, Viikki Campus Library

Jukka Englund, Meilahti Campus Library Terkko

The activities of the campus library advisory boards also continue as before.


Contact Helsinki University Library

The Helsinki University Library, the largest multidisciplinary university library in Finland, serves the University’s international academic community of more than 40,000 students and staff on four campuses and online at www.helsinki.fi/library


Kaisa House shortlisted for the Finlandia Prize for Architecture

The Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) will award the first ever Finlandia Prize for Architecture in autumn 2014.

The four shortlisted candidates for the prize, three of which are located in Finland and one in Poland, are the Serlachius Museum’s Gösta’s Pavilion in Mänttä; Kaisa House, the main library of the University of Helsinki; the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw; and Seinäjoki main library Apila.

Kaisa House is the main library of the University of Helsinki, housing the collections of the humanities, law, theology, and political science. The library was opened to the public in September 2012, as part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.

The building was designed by Anttinen Oiva Architects. According to the pre-selection jury, the library building tackles the challenging design brief superbly: it both serves as a signature building and continues the existing urban block structure.

The winner of the prize will be selected by Sixten Korkman, Professor of Practice in Economics at the Aalto University. The winner will be announced at an event to be held in November.

Changes to the learning environment in Minerva – collections and customer service to move to Kaisa

Changes are coming to the library services in the Minerva building on Siltavuorenpenger. The collections and customer service will be moved to the Kaisa House in spring 2015.

This releases the library facilities for the use of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences. The remaining library space in the Minerva building will be converted into a learning environment with many types of work areas for students.

Students are invited to participate in designing the space: submit your ideas to the suggestion box placed in the Minerva building, or send them via email to opiskelijatoim-kirjasto (a) helsinki.fi.

During the autumn, the student committee of the Helsinki University Library will organise a discussion and brainstorming event for students to gather ideas for the space.

The Minerva library will be open for the last time in the current premises on 2 April 2015. The new learning environment will open to students in autumn 2015.

Further information: Service director Kirsi Luukkanen, Helsinki University Library, kirsi.luukkanen@helsinki.fi


A Stolen Password in the News

The Helsingin Sanomat daily announced today that it had acquired the username and password of a University of Helsinki network user from a Chinese online store (link in Finnish). The article discusses an isolated username, and the IT Centre is aware of the case. The password associated with the username has been changed and the owner contacted.

Phishing scams to gather passwords happen constantly, and are aimed at all service providers. Unfortunately, usernames and passwords often wind up in the wrong hands and are used for criminal purposes. The IT Centre constantly monitors inappropriate use of usernames, and intervenes in any suspicious activity.

We would like to remind everyone that usernames and passwords should never be given to others, and usernames acquired from third parties should never be used, even to test them.

If you suspect that your username has wound up in the wrong hands, change your password and contact the Helpdesk.

Instructions for changing your password

IT Communications

Summer opening hours from 2 June

Library has abbreviated opening hours June 2 – August 17.
Opening hours

Kumpula Campus Library is closed 29.5.–31.8.2014 for renovation. Electronic materials are available as before and a pop-up library at Physicum building’s foyer will be available 30.5.–29.8. Mon.–Fri 10 am.–2 pm. with information desk, and for updating of patron data in HELKA, fetching of reservations, returns of loans. Read more

The shared IT facilities of the University of Helsinki will be closed between 1.00 and 7.00 from 1 June 2014 until further notice due to limited use. Noticifation in Flamma

Phone numbers to change on 24 April 2014

The numbers for landline phones at the Helsinki University Library will change on Thursday 24 April 2014 as part of the change of the phone system at the University of Helsinki. The mobile numbers and short extension numbers currently in use will remain unchanged.

However, phone numbers which currently begin with the digits 09 191 will begin with 02941 after the changeover. The new numbers will be updated to the appropriate channels during Thursday, 24 April. Any calls to the old numbers will be directed to a recording with information on the change.

Until 23 April, the University of Helsinki phone exchange will answer at 09 1911. From Thursday 24 April, however, the number will be 0294 1911. If calling from abroad, the number is +358 294 1911.

City Centre Campus – Main Library +358-2941 23920
City Centre Campus – Minerva +358-2941 20600
Kumpula Campus Library +358-2941 50881
Meilahti Campus Library Terkko +358-2941 26643
Dental Library +358-2941 27327
Viikki Campus Library +358-2941 58040

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