Kaisa Library is popular also on Sundays – The experiment proved to be a success!

The Main Library in the Kaisa House was open on three Sundays in April as a tryout. The work stations and equipment were available in the facilities as well as the customer service on the 3rd floor.

There were slightly more than 1000 visitors on each Sunday. Most popular were the silent reading spaces of which 70% were in use in the afternoons. Most of the lending and returning were done as self-service. According to the staff Sundays were like Saturdays but somewhat quieter in the customer service.

Quiet reading area on the 2nd floor

Library users’ feedback was merely positive. The most expressed wish was that in future the Library would be open on Sundays. Sharing the experience in social media was possible with the hashtag #munkirjasto and participants were able to win movie tickets. The Library has contacted the three winners in early May. Thank you all for your feedback!

The trial proved that there is a definite demand to keep the Library open on Sundays. The plan is to extend the opening hours to Sundays at least during the most hectic periods of the terms. This will most likely come true in March-April 2016, but might be realized already during the late autumn period 2015.

HUPS is the library’s new service for researchers of the Helsinki University and HUCS

Material from the library to the researcher’s desk

The Helsinki University Library is piloting a service that offers Helsinki University and HUCH staff the option of ordering books and copies of journal articles for free from Helsinki University Library collections. Literature will be delivered to internal mail addresses of the University. Ordering form is in the university intranet Flamma. HUCH staff can place the order by logging in the Terkko Navigator.

HUPS – Helsinki University Packet Service, Helsingfors universitets paketservice

The service is available from May 18th and the piloting phase will last until autumn 2015. Experiences and feedback during the piloting phase will be used to further develop the service and any feedback is most welcome.

Feedback and further information:
Antti Virrankoski
antti.virrankoski (at) helsinki.fi
Helsinki University Library

ResearchGuides: Library resources and services in one place


Do you know who your subject librarian is? Can e-resources of your subject field be easily found? How about the newest research publications? We collected all this information in one place for the purposes of our researchers and students. Some may call it Virtual Library we rather call it ResearchGuides.

In subject guides you can find for instance:
Welcome: subject librarians, news feeds
Articles: new journal articles, article searches
Journals: prominent journals, journal search
Books: new e-books or printed books
Databases: selection of databases

We have a wide collection of subject guides on various fields and more is coming up. Subject guides, such as the popular e-book guide in general section, are foremost in English. All the Guides are also easily accessible through the shortcuts on library´s website.

Search and find, get thrilled and share – but still something substantive missing? Give us direct feedback via ResearchGuides!

New section Medicine in JoVE

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is peer reviewed scientific video journal.

University of Helsinki has access to new section in JoVE, Medicine.

Other sections available in University of Helsinki are JoVE Biology, JoVE Immunology and Infection and JoVE Neuroscience.

Feedback: e-library@helsinki.fi

Biomedicine Goes Art at Kaisa House

The Biomedicine Goes Art exhibition, opening on Monday the 2nd of February in the Kaisa House, shows science, in particular biomedicine, in the extraordinary angle of art. The exhibition will raise curiosity about science and enhance communication between scientists and the metropolitan community.

Nearly 30 surprising and visually appealing works of art are showcased. Most of the works are images of cells and tissues, but also photographs and scientific drawings and paintings are presented.

The exhibition is part of a series of events connected to the theme “Well Enough” organized by the University of Helsinki in February 2015.  The organizers of this exhibition are the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, FIMM at the University of Helsinki.

More room for the Master’s Thesis writers in Aleksandria!

In the Learning Centre Aleksandria three rooms are now reserved for students who work with their Master’s thesis. These rooms have space for altogether 12 people and they are situated on the second floor. The room numbers are 229, 230 and 231. The doors are kept unlocked during office hours.

For night access, hours 20.00 – 1.00 you need a magnetic key. The rooms cannot be reserved in advance.

Another novelty is that the group work rooms in Aleksandria are available for the University students also at night (20.00 -1.00) with a magnetic key. Only exceptions are rooms 329 and 333.

WebTimmi reservation system

New Website for Helsinki University Library

The Library’s website www.helsinki.fi/library was updated to the new version on Thursday July the 3rd, 2014.

The new site, inspired by the university’s new light visual identity, is responsive and scalable to various devices such as tablets and smartphones. The separate mobile site will be discontinued.

What is new?

There will be some new functionalities along with the new content on the website:

  • Search Library Resources: The Search functionality which allows you to search for library resources directly in HELKA database, Nelli portal and HELDA repository can now be found on each page of the site.
  • All library locations now have a page dedicated to the services of the location.
  • Navigation is easier with megamenu in which the user can directly see the contents of each navigation branch

Give us feedback!

Library will appreciate your feedback on the new site and other digital library services. You can give feedback through our feedback form.

Helsinki University Library wishes all customers a very happy summer!

Helsinki University Library’s Communications and Digital Services

Wondering where to publish your articles? Hear the tips of the publisher

Author workshop in Viikki Campus Library
Wondering where to publish your articles? Hear the tips of the publisher!

Time: April 10th, 2014 at 9 pm – 12
Place: Viikki, B Building, Lecture Hall 2, Latokartanonkaari 9
Timon Oefelein, Springer, Account Development Manager
Anthony Doyle, Springer, Senior Editor Engineering

In the author seminar, editor and trainer of Springer will provide the publisher’s viewpoint on the successful publishing process:
– How to choose a worth-while topic as well as a suitable journal
– How to submit your article to a journal with a good chance of being accepted
– The impact of open access and social networking
– Overview of Springer’s online technology and multiple formats, including Springer’s open access publishing formats.

The seminar will be in English. It is free of charge and open for all.

Interested? Enrol on the seminar with this form.

Arranged by Helsinki University Library and Springer.

Further information and cancellations:
Päivi Helminen, Helsinki University Library, paivi.helminen@helsinki.fi, tel. 09 191 58803
Tuula Huuskonen, Helsinki University Library, Viikki Campus Library, tuula.huuskonen@helsinki.fi, tel. 09 191 58799