Self-service reservation pickups in the Main Library and in Viikki

From the start of next year self-service for reservation pickups will be extended to include Kaisa House and the Viikki Campus Library. The Kumpula campus library introduced self-service pickups in September 2014.

The Meilahti Campus Library will not, for now, introduce self-service pickups, in Terkko reservations will still be available at the service desk.

Reserved materials are shelved according to customer name

The reservation fee for textbooks will be added to your account when the reserved item becomes available for pickup.

If you do not wish to have your reservations on an open shelf under your name, please notify any Helka library, and you can continue to pick up reservations at the service desk.

Opening of the Learning Centre Minerva on Tuesday December 1st

Minerva openingOpening on Tuesday, December 1st at 1 pm – 4 pm
Siltavuorenpenger 5A, Floor K2

Opening program: Circuit training
Presentations are in Finnish.

Ring 1: CleverTouch screen demo
Ring 2: E-point: Electronic library at your disposal
Ring 3: Office365: How to make a group work room reservation and what else is Office365
Ring 4: Ask the librarian! Tell us your experiences, greetings, feedback, wishes about the Learning Centre.

Group work area, computers, mobile storage units, reading places

The redesigned group work and reading areas will open at last at Siltavuorenpenger. Feel free to explore and test facilities! We welcome your comments and experiences: the librarian is present at 1 pm – 3 pm on Wed-Thu Dec 3rd-4th and on Tue-Thu Dec 8th-10th.

Entrance to the Learning Centre is at K2 floor, next to the Minerva Square. The space is available weekdays between 8 am – 7:45 pm. Furnishing of The Learning Centre is still in progress, so installations of sofas and computers may cause some inconvenience.

More information about the Learning Centre Minerva

Service Break on Booking System Timmi in November 24th

timmiThere will be a service break on university’s room reservation system Timmi on Tuesday, November 24th. The estimated duration of the break is from 8 am until noon.

During the break the system will be updated and can not be used. That means reservations for Kaisa-Library group work rooms can not be made or existing ones updated.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Loan periods extend from Monday November 23rd

The approaching turn of the year shortens the library opening hours, but extends the loan period of books.

Due date will be no earlier than January 12th, 2016, when you borrow or renew your loans

  • November 23rd onwards for books with a 28-day loan period
  • December 7th onwards for books with a 14-day loan period
  • December 17th onwards for books with a 2-day loan period.

Library locations have exceptional opening hours from Friday December 18th.

  • We will return to the normal opening hours after Epiphany, Thursday January 7th, 2016. Check the opening hours on the library website.


Times Higher Education rating 76 – what lies behind this rise

Autumn is the time of University Rankings. In August we got Shanghai, in September QS World University and now Times Higher Education (THE). The latter offered the University of Helsinki a considerable rise from place 103 to 76.

Let´s see more detailed which role the bibliometric methods play in these results. In the Shanghai ranking they comprise 40% of the total result, in the QS ranking only 20%. In the THE ranking references bring 30% of the result and publication volume 6%.


Sometimes databases can play a central role. Instead of Web of Science, THE is now for the first time using Scopus. This crossover has also raised the rankings of other European and Finnish universities in contrast to American Universities whose ratings now sank. However, also QS uses Scopus but in its ratings the ranking of the University of Helsinki has sunk. Explanation to this is the significant change which has taken place in the means of measuring. Five of the largest disciplines are now equally emphasized. In this method medicine and natural sciences usually lose impact in publication ratings.

 Library and Metrics Tools

Shanghai ranking uses the Web of Science in its quantitative method likewise Taiwan (TNU) ranking, which results we expect in October. TNU rankings are solely based on the bibliometric indicators.

Both Web of Science and Scopus are accessible in the University of Helsinki network, likewise the Analyzing tools of these databases: InCites and SciVal. The Helsinki University Library´s Metrics team actively uses these tools as part of their analysis.

Text: Eva Isaksson
Translation and editing: Ursula Virolainen



Kaisa House open on Sundays 4.10.-29.11.

After a successful trial in April, the library will again be open on Sundays in October and November.

From October 4th until November 29th the library will be open from 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays, with the exception of the Halloween weekend (Saturday October 31st and Sunday November 1st), during which the building will be closed. Entrance on Sundays from Fabianinkatu and by lift from Kaisaniemikatu (1st floor) or from Helsinki University metrostation (floor K1).

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On Sundays, Kaisa House will work as self-service library. The collections and facilities are available to customers on floors 2-7. The service area on the 3rd floor and the underground floors (K4, K3, K2) will be closed. Phone service will be available and we are happy to help you with reservations pick-ups and any problems using the self-service facilities.

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

On Saturdays, Kaisa House is open from 11 am to 5 pm. The opening hours were moved one hour forwards based on customer feedback. Especially on weekends, most customers arrive only after midday, and the weekend mornings have been very quiet.

The Learning Centre Aleksandria accessible with magnetic key all Sunday

Learning Centre Aleksandria (Fabianinkatu 26) is open 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 obtainable from the IT User Accounts service point in the library. 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

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