Tuula Närhinen’s Baltic Sea Plastique in Kaisa House

Tuula Närhinen, Baltic Sea Plastique, 2013 © The Artist
Tuula Närhinen, Baltic Sea Plastique, 2013 © The Artist

Tuula Närhinen’s artwork will be on display at the Helsinki University Main Library (Kaisa House) from March 27 until May 14, 2014.

In Tuula Närhinen’s work science and art are often intertwined. Natural science with its imagery forms the base of her work. The themes involve natural themes, especially water. Tuula Närhinen works mainly with photography but uses also other techniques and materials.

Environmental issues that have been important to Tuula Närhinen’s work in the past are also present in this exhibition. Multi-piece installation draws attention to the human-created marine debris and its devastating effects on the marine ecosystem. The name of the installation Baltic Sea Plastique refers to the plastic waste in our own home shores of the Baltic Sea.

Tuula Närhinen describes her works as follows:

“Baltic Sea Plastique is an extension of Mermaid’s tears (2007) and Frutti di Mare (2008). In my new piece imaginary organisms made of plastic garbage come alive and merge into the life of the sea.”


Printers and copier machines are replaced in the Main Library on Feb 17 – Feb 21

Library printers and copier machines will be replaced with new Canon devices during February. The Main Library’s printers and copier machines at Kaisa House are replaced on Feb 17 – Feb 21.

Use of the new printers requires registration with your University username and an identifying card. Register on a Canon printer with a card reader. HSL travel cards or Lyyra cards with an NFC payment feature can be used as identifying cards. Unigrafia sells its own identifying cards for students at its quick print locations. Register while the replacement is underway so that you can use the new printers as soon as they have been installed.

For now, Unigrafia will keep a few multi-function printers that use the old-style copy card reader. These old printers will be available at the following central locations on different campuses:

Minerva library K2 (K224)

Kaisa House
– level K4 (K4/004)
– 2nd floor (2021)
– 7th floor (7053)

Viikki Info Centre Campus Library
– 2nd floor (229)
– 3rd floor (310)

Dental Clinic, Kytösuontie 9 library
– 2nd floor (2324 and 2003 AULA)

Terkko, Haartmaninkatu 4 (101)


More information on the printer replacement programme is available on the Unigrafia website

Printing instructions from the Helpdesk

New opening hours for the Viikki, Meilahti and Kumpula Campus Libraries

From the beginning of 2014, the Campus Libraries in Viikki, Meilahti and Kumpula will be open from 9.00 to 19.00 on weekdays. The Main Library in Kaisa House will continue to serve library users also on Saturdays from 10.00 to 16.00.

On Saturdays, students will have at their disposal the 24-hour reading room of the Viikki Info Centre, as well as the 24-hour IT facilities in the other Viikki Campus buildings. On the Meilahti Campus, students may use the facilities of the Mocoma learning centre in the basement of the Campus Library Terkko around the clock.

Library opening hours will have to be cut to achieve savings. Helsinki University Library will make efforts to implement the reduced opening hours with minimal harm to customers. The library user survey conducted in the autumn revealed that on Saturdays, visitor numbers in both the Viikki and Meilahti Campus Libraries are low. In the Viikki Campus Library, also the last hour of business between 19.00 and 20.00 on weekdays is slow. Furthermore, the trial period for keeping the Kumpula Campus Library open between 8.00 and 9.00 will be suspended and the library will open at 9.00 like the other campus libraries.

The new opening hours apply to the Viikki, Meilahti and Kumpula Campus Libraries. There will be no changes to the opening hours of other libraries in the University Library system.

Please note the holiday season opening hours

The president of Namibia paid a visit to the University library

On Wednesday, students were momentarily distracted from their reading when the president of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba, paid a visit to the Helsinki University library during a state visit.The guests were impressed by the Finnish architecture and particularly by the free library services, available to everyone.

It was no coincidence that Helsinki University was selected as a place to visit. Together with Tampere University, the library has collaborated with the Namibia University library in a two-year long Foreign Ministry funded project, during which the professional competence of the library staff has been improved in teaching information retrieval skills, and in developing areas such as print and digital collections, academic writing and library strategy.

President Pohamba stressed that the project marks a continuation of the close long-term collaboration between the two countries.

There has been a co-operative agreement between the two universities for almost 15 years now and the student exchange is lively.

In their day, young Namibians who had fought for Namibian independence studied at Finnish universities, since which they have been appointed to executive positions in Namibia. Two of these students are Nickey Iyambo, who graduated with a degree in medicine from Helsinki University and is now an experienced minister, making a return visit as part of the  presidential entourage, and Ellen Ndeshi Namhila, a Tampere University graduate, who now works as the library director in the University of Namibia.

Following the brief visit, the Namibian delegation hurried to meet the prime minister at his official residence, and President Sauli Niinistö and the First Lady, Jenni Haukio, stayed on for a while to admire the modern learning environment.

Empowering People – New Book of the University Library Project with Namibia

Text: Suvi Kataja
Photo: Ari Aalto
Translation: John Calton