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.

Increasing Visibility on Natural Resources Oriented Projects – A Questionnaire

Hankehaavi is an online research project database – the Finnish name literally ‘projects net’.

Hankehaavi is an innovative service that combines data from several sources into one database with a focus on ease of use. There is no need to sign in or create an account. The service contains information on past and ongoing research projects concerning natural resources from several Finnish organizations.
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Terkko Health Hub Grand Opening on Oct 5th, Campus Library Closes at 4:30 pm

On Thursday October 5th Meilahti Campus Library closes already at 4:30 pm due to Terkko Health Hub Launch Party held at the premises.

Terkko Health Hub
is a new meeting point for university students, researchers, doctors and other healthcare staff and companies operating in the field of health technology. In addition to the most comprehensive collections in medicine and health sciences and the expert information specialists, Terkko Health Hub provides working space, cafeteria and facilities for organizing diverse events.

Northern Rococo Brings Sculpture to the Kaisa House 2.-15.10.2017

Sculptor and visual arts teacher Riikka Mäkikoskela‘s works are exhibited in the Kaisa House (Fabianinkatu 30) lobby area from October 2nd until October 15th, 2017.

Mäkikoskela has taught two years at HyArt, Drawing Department, Porthania, University of Helsinki. She considers the teaching dialogue as multidirectional: the art-making of both the students and the teacher influence each other. This abundance is a common feature of the sculptures in Northern Rococo exhibition.

In the spirit of Rococo, Mäkikoskela combines crafts and fine art. She uses traditional materials and techniques such as ceramics, but also unites materials with an open mind, for example, ceramics and acrylic plastic. Both the choice of working material and the way of working on it is important to Mäkikoskela, as both create cultural meanings and references to habits and ways of making born at different times. Mäkikoskela’s aim is to find a dialogue between the content of the artwork, the used materials, and the ways of making.

The themes of Mäkikoskela’s art practice are the blending of material and cultural, material meanings and concepts, and the interpretation of tradition. In her works of art, she deals with how to act and live together, and how habits and ways of making are shaped from generation to generation. Mäkikoskela portrays the experiences of co-existence and tells local stories that are open to several interpretations. They are colored by, for example, Christianity born in the Middle East and art history with a focus on Central Europe. Mäkikoskela’s works of art open up to a Northern Finnish soulscape, where there is often, alongside the polar night, light, life, and jocularity which lead life to the next spring. The sculptures in the exhibition celebrate the experiential thinking and the abundance and diversity of life – without forgetting their negative sides.

• Doctor of Arts Riikka Mäkikoskela (born 1975) has studied at Lahti University of Applied Sciences/Institute of Fine Arts, University of Art and Design Helsinki and Aalto University. She is a member of Association of Finnish Sculptors and Helsinki Artists’ Association. Mäkikoskela’s artworks and research have been presented at several events, conferences, publications, galleries, and museums both in Finland and abroad. Alongside artistic work, she currently serves as a visiting researcher at Aalto University, School of Art and Design, Department of Art.

Meilahti Campus Library To Open On October 2nd

The Meilahti Campus Library will open refurbished as a part of new Terkko Healh Hub on Monday 2nd of October, 2017.

Terkko Health Hub is a new meeting point for university students, researchers, doctors and other healthcare staff and companies operating in the field of health technology. In addition to the library specializing in medicine and health sciences, Terkko Health Hub also provides working space, cafeteria and facilities for organizing diverse events. Terkko Health Hub forms thus an unique innovation ecosystem to promote new research, knowledge and business in life sciences and health technology.

Longer opening hours and new space for studies

Terkko Health Hub offers modern and modular working spaces for the diverse needs of all university students and researchers. The library’s customer service and most of the collection is now located on the 2nd floor. There is more quiet reading rooms and ergonomic spots where you can also work standing.

Nearly finished: Meilahti Campus Library awaits for its users
Nearly finished: Meilahti Campus Library awaits for its users

Helsinki University Library has the largest collection in medicine and health sciences in Finland. With our conversant information specialists we can provide the students and others operating in the life sciences a solid foundation to build on“, says Kirsi Mäenpää, Head of Services in Facilities and Customer Services at the Helsinki University Library.

The versatile digital collections of Helsinki University Library are naturally available to all university members at any time.

As a result of the new cooperation, the opening hours of the Meilahti Campus Library will be expanded. The library’s facilities and collections are accessible to the customers from Monday to Friday from 8 am until 8 pm. The library’s customer service desk is operating from 10am to 5pm. At other times, the library operates as Self-Service Library. The campus library has a new check-out station and also a return box for books on the 1st floor. Later this semester, the library will also have lockers where customers can charge their own devices such as phones and tablets.

Think Company Helsinki team hosting Terkko Health Hub is available throughout the building’s opening hours, and will also help the users of the library if they need help with equipment.

Welcome to Terkko Health Hub on October 2nd!

Jubilee Exhibition by The Finnish Gem Hobbyists’ Society at the Kaisa House

The Finnish Gem Hobbyists’ Society will be holding their Jubilee Exhibition at the Kaisa House. The exhibition is on display on the entrance hall of the library (3rd floor) from Friday March 17th until Thursday April 13th. Free entry.

On display there are jewelry and small items made of Finnish rocks and gemstones as well as silver made by members of the Society during the years.

The Society was founded in Helsinki on March 17, 1977. The purpose of the Society is to provide information on rocks and minerals to its members, to further their stone polishing skills, and to provide a forum for the exchange of views.

Helka Service Break Over – Loans Can Be Checked Out Again

The service break in Helka Library Database is over.

Customers can again access the database and their own customer account at

Loans can be renewed but problems may still occur while making online payments. No overdue fees will be collected between December 21st and January 10th.

Customers can check out and return books in the libraries in the usual manner.

The library cannot, however, register new users or update customer information until the service is fully operational. Overdue fees cannot be paid in the library, either.

All library services are expected to return to normal by Wednesday, January 11th.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Service break in Helka during the Holidays

Helka back-end-system will be closed down for an upgrade on Tuesday, December 27th 2016 at 10 pm EET.

Search as well as e-material service is available also during the service break in the new Helka website. The following HELKA-services are not available during the break:

  • viewing information about availability for printed materials
  • loans
  • renewals
  • reservations
  • paying library fees
  • updating customer information or getting a new library card

Loans will not fall due between December 21st and January 10th. All loans already have a due date in January. No overdue fees will be collected for days during the service break.

The service break will last several days, and will end by January 9th, 2017.

Loans from the Helsinki University Library can be returned to the Kaisa House library during opening hours. The returns will be registered when the break is over.

In the meantime, if you any have questions, please contact library’s customer service or tel: 029 412 3920

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Finnish Higher Education Institutions Continue Negotiations On Open Access with Elsevier

International science publisher Elsevier and Finland’s higher education and research institutes have agreed on one year’s extension to negotiations on electronic journals. More time is needed in order to find a solution for advancing open access, which is an extremely important goal for the Finnish research community.

This one year agreement makes it possible for researchers at University of Helsinki to continue using Elsevier’s journals in 2017 while the negotiations continue.

FinELib consortium, which s represents Finnish universities, universities of applied sciences, and research institutes in the negotiations, has two primary objectives: Getting the increasing price of scientific journal subscriptions under control, and reaching an agreement that improves the opportunities of Finnish researchers for publishing their articles openly online for all to use.

During the negotiations this autumn, it became clear that regardless of the will of the international research community, Elsevier is reluctant to develop open publishing business models, and instead wants to maintain the old subscription model. The publisher still sees open publishing as a marginal operating model, and not as the future of scientific publishing. It is a delaying tactic from the publisher to charge high additional fees for open articles when higher education and research institutes already pay constantly increasing subscription fees. Now we demand that Elsevier over the next year shows the ability to change and take a new direction towards open access which research community needs and expects.” says Keijo Hämäläinen, Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki and chairman of the negotiations.

Finland’s course is set towards open publishing through the goals laid out by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Open Science and Research Initiative and the European Union. Open publishing increases the visibility of science and improves the opportunities for the whole society to utilise research conducted with public funds.

Finland’s scientific community has given its support to FinELib’s negotiation goals. Released in late November, the site has received 2700 signatures from the scientific research community. The signatories abstain from refereeing and editorial duties for the journals of the publishers involved in FinELib’s negotiations until FinELib can reach the negotiation goals.

Open publishing and the price of scientific knowledge are themes that are emphasised in similar negotiations all over the world, for example in the current negotiations in Germany” says Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, a member of the negotiation group and Director of Library Network Services at the National Library of Finland. “Perseverance and a united front are the only way that the scientific community may affect large commercial publishers and effect a permanent change in the models of scientific publishing.

One year extension to the agreement makes it possible to find an open access model that genuinely promotes open access publishing without increasing the cost of publishing. If no agreement on open access is reached during 2017, the Finnish scientific community might at the end of year 2017 lose access to many important scientific journals.

Further information:

Keijo Hämäläinen, Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki, chair of the contract negotiation group, tel. + 358 29 415 0640, Keijo.Hamalainen(at)

Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, Director, National Library of Finland/Library Network Services, tel. +358 50 552 3056, kristiina.hormia(at)

FinELib science journal negotiations page

How do you feel about New Helka?

The National Library of Finland is carrying out a brief feedback survey on Finna search service – the new Helka’s back-end system – on December 7th – December 27th 2016. It will take about five to ten minutes to complete. The results will be used to further develop Finna.

Among the survey participants, there will be a prize draw of a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″ 4G 32GB New Edition.

You can access the survey from this link:

Welcome to participate in the survey! Your opinion is important! brings together the collections of Finnish archives, libraries and museums. Currently, Finna includes more than 100 organisations and over 11 million searchable items. The amount of material grows steadily, when new organisations join Finna. The National Library of Finland is responsible for developing and maintaining Finna.