National Library of Finland breaking from Helka on 24 Aug 2019

The collections of the National Library of Finland are searchable in the Helka database for the last time on Friday, 23 August 2019. Due to a system switchover, any material included in the National Library collections cannot be searched in the database or borrowed from 24 August to 1 September 2019.

From Monday, 2 September onwards, all loans, reservations, returns and payments related to the National Library can only be completed at the Library or through the National Library Search at kansalliskirjasto.finna.fi. After Friday, 16 August, books from the National Library can no longer be returned to Kaisa House or other Helsinki University Library premises.

Read more about the changes to National Library services on the National Library website.

These changes are connected to a switchover of library systems at both the National Library of Finland and Helsinki University Library in 2019–2020. The change will first take place at the National Library.

National Library leaves Helka behind in August 2019

Helka operates as usual

Helsinki University Library (HULib) and the Helka database will continue normal operations during the interruption at the National Library.

Helka will still house the collections of Helsinki University Library and the Baltic Library, as well as the libraries of the Institute for the Languages of Finland, the Finnish Heritage Agency, the Finnish Literature Society and the Library of the Labour Movement.

Helsinki University Library facilities will provide normal services. The regular opening hours for the academic year 2019–2020, more extensive than the summer opening hours, will come into effect on Monday, 25 August 2019.

Helsinki University Library prepares for a service platform switchover in 2020

In its system procurement, Helsinki University Library is focusing on improving the findability of digital material essential to the academic community of the University of Helsinki. Helka will continue to contain all of the literature included in the requirements of all University of Helsinki degree programmes.

The new service platform, to be introduced at Helsinki University Library in autumn 2020, will provide Helka library customers with a modern platform for searching for and using printed and digital books, journals and articles. At the same time, library staff will be provided with appropriate tools for acquiring and processing digital materials in particular.

 

 

The Kaisa House’s Overnight Return Machine Out of Use

The Kaisa House’s overnight return machine has broken down and out of use from 14th until 18th of January 2019. You can return books outside of opening hours to both Kumpula and Viikki Campus Libraries.

Due dates from Monday until Friday will be transferred to Monday 21st of January.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this equipment failure.

Print in City Service to Replace Unigrafia Cardboard Printing Cards

The copying and printing service with the Unigrafia cardboard cards (so called Magna Card)  is terminated at the Helsinki University Library. The new Print in City service replaces cardboard printing cards. With Print in City service, you can print, copy, and scan. The creation of separate guest IDs no longer needed for printing. Continue reading “Print in City Service to Replace Unigrafia Cardboard Printing Cards”

Library Terminals Enchanced in All Library Locations

All Library Terminals at Helsinki University Library Locations will be renewed on Thursday September 20th.

Kuvituskuva: Uuden Kirjastokioskin ulkoasuThe new library terminals will allow anyone to search books and articles on Helka, and read digital theses from the University of Helsinki on the E-Thesis repository. The library terminals will also provide users with access to the Helka database’s customer functions, such as saving your searches and favourites as well as saving references or forwarding them to an email address.

University of Helsinki students and staff will be able to use the terminals to log in to their personal desktops with their university IDs.

Print with the copy card

Articles, references and extracts of e-books can also be printed on the new terminals. Printing options are limited to double-sided black and white. Each terminal has its own designated printer whose address is readily available in the print menu. The multi-function devices that are used for printing are not always located in close proximity to the terminals. Instructions on where the multi-function device is located can be found near the terminals. Printing requires a Unigrafia copy card which can be purchased from the library’s customer service desk.

In addition to printing, you can also use the terminals to save articles, references and extracts of e-books onto a memory stick.

The library terminals cannot be used for browsing the internet or working on your personal files.

Guest computers to be phased out

The new terminals will replace all older library terminals and guest computers during the 2018 autumn term. This means that users from outside the University will need to use their own devices to work on their personal files or search for information on the internet. The library’s customer service desk will still provide users with login details for accessing the University’s wireless visitor network with their own computers and devices.

Guest computers are being phased out due to a technical change in the University’s network management system. As a result of this change, the network environment for guests will be terminated. This change will also allow the library to focus on its core service for users from outside the University: providing access to scientific information and University of Helsinki theses and dissertations.

To give your feedback on the new library terminals, use the library’s feedback form.

Library terminals to be enhanced in Helsinki University Library

From June 2018 onwards, a renewed library terminal will be available for testing in the Kaisa House (4th floor) and, after the summer break, in the campus libraries in Meilahti and Viikki. Feedback on the new terminals will also be collected from customers during this time.

The new library terminals will allow anyone to search and read books and articles on Helka, and digital theses from the University of Helsinki on the E-Thesis repository. The library terminals will also provide users with access to the Helka database’s customer functions, such as saving your searches and favourites as well as saving references or forwarding them to an email address.

University of Helsinki students and staff will be able to use the terminals to log in to their personal desktops with their university IDs.

Print with the copy card

Articles, references and extracts of e-books can also be printed on the new terminals. Printing options are limited to double-sided black and white. Each terminal has its own designated printer whose address is readily available in the print menu. The multi-function devices that are used for printing are not always located in close proximity to the terminals. Instructions on where the multi-function device is located can be found near the terminals. Printing requires a Unigrafia copy card which can be purchased from the library’s customer service desk.

In addition to printing, you can also use the terminals to save articles, references and extracts of e-books onto a memory stick.

The library terminals cannot be used for browsing the internet or working on your personal files.

Guest computers to be phased out

The new terminals will replace all older library terminals and guest computers during the 2018 autumn term. This means that users from outside the University will need to use their own devices to work on their personal files or search for information on the internet. The library’s customer service desk will still provide users with login details for accessing the University’s wireless visitor network with their own computers and devices.

Guest computers are being phased out due to a technical change in the University’s network management system. As a result of this change, the network environment for guests will be terminated. This change will also allow the library to focus on its core service for users from outside the University: providing access to scientific information and University of Helsinki theses and dissertations.

To give your feedback on the new library terminals, use the library’s feedback form.

Industrial Action at the University of Helsinki: Most Library Facilities Closed on 28th of February

Trade unions for the Federation of Salaried Employees (Pardia), the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors (JHL) and the Public Sector Negotiating Commission (JUKO) have submitted notice on a spot strike to be held at the University of Helsinki. The strike will take effect on 28 February at midnight, ending 24 hours later. The objective of the strike is to put pressure on the employer in the negotiations on renewing the terms of the general collective agreement for universities.

As the Helsinki University Library is part of the University of Helsinki, the strike will affect its operations.

On the strike day, 28 February 2018, most Helsinki University Library facilities will be closed. Neither can the library guarantee uninterrupted service by phone or online.

The Helsinki University Library at Kaisa House, the Kumpula Campus Library and the Viikki Campus Library will be closed entirely.

On the strike day, the Learning Centres Aleksandria and Minerva at the City Centre Campus and Terkko Health Hub at the Meilahti Campus will remain open. However, no customer service will be available at the Meilahti Campus Library.

As a precautionary measure, due dates falling on the strike day, 28 February, have been moved forward to Thursday, 1 March.

Due to the strike, interlibrary loans may also be affected by a day-long delay.

Electronic collections and online services should be available as usual during the strike. Customer support in potential problem situations cannot, however, be provided during the strike.

All Library Locations Open Normally on Friday Feb 2nd

All Helsinki University Library locations are open normally on Friday, the 2nd of February. The trade union demonstrations scheduled for Friday do not affect service in the libraries.

Please note, however, that Well Cafe in the Kaisa House will close already at 6 pm on Friday. After that, entrance to the library is only via Fabianinkatu or by elevator from the metro station.

Collection work precedes alterations in Kumpula Campus Library

There will be significant collection work going on in the Kumpula Campus Library during the spring semester 2018.

Removal boxes in sight again

Removing and moving around collections precedes alteration work scheduled for summer 2018.  Part of the library’s second floor will be converted into working space for the faculty’s researchers.  New student services (Guidance Hub) are planned to be located in the library space, too.

The last opening day at Kumpula Campus Library  before summer will be Friday, May 18th, 2018. The library will reopen refurbished in the autumn 2018. The opening date will be announced later.

Beginning in April, loans cheched out from Kumpula Campus Library will have longer loan periods.  Stay tuned for more information.

Price List Renewed

The price list of Helsinki University Library was renewed at the beginning of 2018.

There are changes to the previous pricing especially regarding the interlibrary loan and document delivery services. For both University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital units and their personnel document delivery from the collections Helsinki University Library is free of charge (see HUPS Service). For interlibrary loans from other libraries and as well as all document deliveries for other customer groups service is subject to a fee.

The new price list is available on the library’s website and can be obtained from any of the library’s customer service desks on request.