Trial: The Colonial State Papers – British trade, history and overseas expansion


The Colonial State Papers database is a collection of thousands of scanned documents and bibliographic records relating to English activities in the American, Canadian, and West Indian colonies between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.

These documents give insight into British trade, history and overseas expansion: the earliest English settlements in North America, encounters with Native Americans, piracy in the Atlantic and Caribbean, the trade in slaves and English conflicts with the Spanish and French are all covered in this database.

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Trial period in Helsinki university network: 2.7.-1.8.2018



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.

Library’s opening hours during and after the Midsummer

From the Midsummer (Fri, June 22) on, Meilahti and Viikki Campus Libraries will be closed. Main Library Kaisa House and Learning Centre Aleksandria have shorter opening hours.

Opening hours at Midsummer

Thursday, June 21

  • Main Library Kaisa House open 8-18, customer service 10-18.
  • Learning Centre Aleksandria open 8-17:45.
  • Learning Centre Minerva open 8-15:45.
  • Meilahti and Viikki Campus Libraries open 8-16, customer service 10-16.
  • Kumpula Campus Library closed.

At Midsummer, June 22-24, the learning centres and all library locations are closed. Aleksandria can be accessed with magnetic key during Midsummer (from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m.).

SUMMER 2018 in the Library

All Helsinki University Library’s services during the summer (eg customer service hours, loan periods, returns and reservations, HUPS and Interlibrary loans) can be found from the page SUMMER 2018 in the Library.

Keep in mind that the e-library is open 24/7, also in the summer!

Summertime begins at the campus libraries on May 21st. Check the opening hours!

Opening hours at the Viikki and Meilahti campus libraries in the summer

  • 21.5. – 21.6. Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., customer service 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • 22.6. – 5.8. closed
  • 6.8. – 26.8. Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., customer service 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Long loan periods will start on May 24th. Loans from Viikki and Meilahti will receive a due date on August 7th as follows:

      • 28 day loans starting on May 24th
      • 14 day loans (textbooks) starting on June 7th.

When the campus libraries are closed, please contact the Main Library Kaisa House customer service at the 3rd floor. Customer service is open Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  We try to answer e-mails during the following working day.

Kumpula Campus Library is closed for renovations the whole summer

The last day the library will be open, is Friday May 18th, and it will reopen in autumn 2018. When the Kumpula Campus Library is closed, please use the facilities in the Main Library Kaisa House. Further information: Kumpula 2018

SUMMER 2018 in the Library

All Helsinki University Library’s services during the summer (eg customer service hours, loan periods, returns and reservations) can be found from the page SUMMER 2018 in the Library.

See all summer opening hours from our website. In addition to the library’s sites, you’ll find the opening hours of Aleksandria and Minerva Learning Centres.

Browse journals – trial use BrowZine

Try BrowZine to find, follow and read your favorite scholarly journals offered by HULib – while discovering new titles along the way.

BrowZine is available from your web browser and as a mobile app for your iOS and Android devices.

BrowZine is on trial until 11.6. and we’d appreciate your feedback on this service. Please, notice that during the trial period the journal collection available in BrowZine is a test collection, search results  may vary.

My Bookshelf is one of our most popular features. With My Bookshelf, you are notified anytime a new article is added to your favorite journals, keeping you up to date with the latest research.

You can send feedback:

browzine koekäyttö

Opening hours on Ascension Day, May 9th-10th

On Wednesday May 9th libraries are open as follows:
– Main Library 8-18, customer service 10-18.
– Kumpula, Meilahti and Viikki Campus Libraries 8-16, customer service 10-16.

Learning Centres Aleksandria and Minerva are open 8-17:45.

On Thursday May 10th (Ascension Day) libraries and learning centres are closed.
Aleksandria can be accessed with the magnetic key.


Opening hours during May Day

balloons 2Opening hours on Monday April 30th:

– Main Library, Kaisa House 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (customer service 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
– Kumpula, Meilahti and Viikki Campus Libraries 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (customer service 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

On Tuesday, May 1st, all library locations and learning centres are closed.

There is no night use in the Learning Centre Aleksandria between 5:45 p.m. on Monday, April 30th and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1st.

Library opening hours

Giving Feedback is a Win-Win – HULib Customer Survey 2018

HULib Asiakaskysely 2016Please evaluate the importance of different library services and how well the library has succeeded in offering these services.

Helsinki University Library’s Customer Survey is available from the 23rd until the 29th of April, 2018.

By responding to the survey, you can influence the future of Helsinki University Library’s services. You can also add comments and suggestions.

We give away 25 small prizes (thermo mugs and movie ticket packages) to the respondents of the survey.

Link to the English Survey:

On trial: Ogonek Digital Archive from 1 to 30 April

The Ogonek Digital Archive’s 230,000 articles and 440,000 photographs will serve as a virtual timeline tracing the Soviet era into the Great War, the Cold War, perestroika/glasnost, and today.

Amid strife, Ogonek strived for intellectual ideals through lively commentary, criticism, and satire, becoming a forum for Russian cultural thought and political discourse.

The trial is available to Helsinki University students, faculty, staff and the local users in the National Library and Helsinki University Library.

Licenses and conditions of use of electronic materials

Feedback: kk-tietopalvelu[at]

Access to the resource via the National Library of Finland Search Service



Open Science kiosks on all campuses, 16.-18.4.2018

How open science affects the visibility and accessibility of your study? What should you as a member of the University of Helsinki community know about open access publishing and services offered by the library? Which are the discounts of author processing charges (APC’s) you are entitled to? Come, ask and discuss open science themes with the experts of the library.

We will also give you some new tips on self-archiving and advice how to promote Open Access now more easily than before. Self-archiving creates openness!

Kiosks’ business hours and places:

Biomedicum lobby, Meilahti
16.4.  11 am – 13 pm

Main building lobby, City Centre
17.4.  11 am – 13 pm

Physicum lobby, Kumpula
17.4.  11 am – 13 pm

Building EE lobby, Viikki
18.4.  11 am – 13 pm

We welcome both the new and old customers!

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