The Autumn Term Opening Hours begin on 27.8.

Summer time is coming to an end and the Autumn opening hours will start on August 27th 2018 apart from Kumpula campus library, which opens a week later on the September the 3rd.

The Opening Hours for the Libraries:

  • Main Library Kaisa House: Mon-Fri 8-20 and Sat 11-17. Customer service Mon-Fri 10-19, Sat 11-17.
  • Kumpula: (Note! Opens on 3rd of September) Mon-Fri 8-18. Customer service 10-17.
  • Terkko: Mon-Fri 8-20. Customer service 10-17.
  • Viikki: Mon-Fri 8-19. Customer service 10-17.

From September 16th until November 25th the Main Library will be open on Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm, with the exception of the weekend of All Saints’ Day 3.-4.11. during which the whole building will be closed.

All opening hours including exceptions can be found on library’s website.

Academic Information Seeking Courses

The library offers courses that help you to train academic information seeking and management skills. You will find the course details in the library autumn course calendar.

Examples of courses and services to support your information seeking:

The very basics

Are you new to the university and want to get familiar with the basics? You can study on your own with the help of the Student’s Digital Skills information seeking online material.

Courses in the center campus

Full detailes and registeration in Weboodi

  • Introduction to information seeking (weboodi 99904), Kaisa House, computer class 5057, Sessions in English: Fri 12.10.18, 12.15-13.45 OR Thu 01.11.18, 10.15-11.45 OR Wed 28.11.18, 16.15-17.45
  • Information Seeking (weboodi 99910): for those who already know the basics but want to deepen their seeking skills. Kaisa House, computer class 5057, Sessions in English: Mon 01.10.18, 10.15-11.45 OR Thu 22.11.18, 09.15-10.45

Information Seeking and Management for Thesis Writers (ONLINE COURSE)

Already starting to think about your master’s thesis? The renewed online course 2018-2019 will open for students 3rd of September 2018: Information Seeking and Management for Thesis Writers 

Information Seeking Workshop

10.9 – 17.12.2018, Kaisa House, 5th flr, computer class 5057.

Do you have any questions considering your information seeking? You can also drop in one of our information seeking workshops. Individual guidance is provided on a first come, first served basis. The workshop is targeted at UH students and staff. Follow us on Facebook.


RefWorks reference management 98510. See the course page for English-taught courses. Follow us on Facebook.


Kaisassa palloja

17.09.2018 updated info about the course dates 

UH Data Support´s Data Management Plan service open until 19.9.2018

Academy of Finland September 2018 call  is open 10.9.-1.10.2018. Helsinki University Data Support´s commenting service is available University of Helsinki researchers who wish their data management plan (DMP) to be checked and commented. Please, email your DMP at the latest 19 September to The sooner the better. Plans are handled in arrival order.

NB! Helsinki DataSupport arranges DMPTuuli workshops during the August and September. See the full schedule of your campus here.

More information on DMP and RDM:

Campus libraries in Meilahti and Viikki are open again

Campus libraries in Meilahti and Viikki are open again. Please notice that these libraries still are open under summer opening hours (Mon-Fri 9-16) until August 26th.

Opening hours during fall semester (August 27th – December 16th, 2018)

Helsinki University Library is back to normal opening hours on Monday August 27th, with the exception of Kumpula Campus Library which opens on Monday September 3th.

Kumpula Campus Library from September 3th open Mon-Fri 8-18, customer service desk Mon-Fri 10-17. During the rest of the opening hours library operates as Self-Service Library.

Viikki Campus Library is open Mon-Fri 8-19, customer service desk Mon-Fri 10-17. During the rest of the opening hours library operates as Self-Service Library.

Meilahti Campus Library at Terkko Health Hub is open Mon-Fri 8-20, customer service desk 10-17. During the rest of the opening hours library operates as Self-Service Library.

Main Library Kaisa House is open Mon-Fri 8-20 and Sat 11-17. Customer service on the 3rd floor is open Mon-Fri 10-19 and Sat 11-17. During the rest of the opening hours library operates as Self-Service Library.

DMPTuuli workshops on every campus – sign up now for better DMPs!

Do you wish to learn the best practices of research data management and get some hand hands-on training of data management planning (DMP)?

During DMPTuuli workshops we go through the Academy of Finland’s current DMP template.The DMPs are drafted with DMPTuuli. Please, sing up for DMPTuuli account in advance! Workshops are open for University of Helsinki students and personnel.

City Centre Campus
in the 5th floor IT class of Kaisa house (5057)

Thursday August 30, 12-2 pm
Tuesday September 4, 12-2 pm
Wednesday September 12, 10-12 pm
Thursday September 13, 12-2 pm
Monday September 17, 12-2 pm

Viikki Campus
Infocenter Korona (Viikinkaari 11)

Tuesday August  28, 2-4 pm, class 139. (in English). Please, bring your own laptop!
Friday September 14, 10-12 pm, IT-class 138 (in Finnish)

Kumpula Campus
Kumpula Campus Library, room G108b

Thursday September 6, 10-12 am, room G108b (in English)
Thursday September 13, 10-12 am, room G108b (in Finnish)

Meilahti Campus
Terkko Health Hub (Haartmaninkatu 4), PC-classroom, 1st floor

Thursday August 30, 13-15​ pm
Friday September 7,  9.30-11.30​ am
Tuesday September 11, 9.30-11.30 am

NB! If this is the first time you are writing a DMP or otherwise new to these issues, it is recommended that you start with the RDM basics lecture (running throughout the year), or otherwise acquaint yourself with the basic terminology and DMPTuuli.

The primary language of the workshop will be English. Help and instructions are also available in Finnish. In Viikki and Kumpula, please check the language.

Courses and further help in research data management is provided by the University of Helsinki DataSupport.

Guides: Research Data Management

RDM basics (research data management): courses start in August

How to define and describe research data and materials? How to make them openly available and where to store them safely?  How to use DMPTuuli in research data management planning?

These and other basic questions will be answered in a RDM basics (Research Data Management) lecture. A RDM basics lecture with the same content is running throughout the year. Lectures are open for University of Helsinki students and personnel.

RDM basics lectures / fall 2018
in the 5th floor IT class of Kaisa house (5057)

Thursday August 23, 12-2 pm
Monday August 27, 2-4 pm
Wednesday August 29, 10-12 am

Thursday September 6, 10-12 am
Tuesday September 11, 2-4 pm

Tuesday October 23, 10-12 am
Thursday November 22, 12-2 pm
Tuesday December 11, 10-12 am


The primary language of the lecture will be English. Help and instructions are also available in Finnish.

If you are new to these issues, it is recommended that you start with the RDM basics and only after that attend the DMPTuuli workshop which are organized when the calls of the Academy of Finland are open.

See all the courses:

The lectures are organized by the University of Helsinki DataSupport.

Enjoy also in summer: thousands of e-books from Oxford University Press available

All Oxford Scholarship Online e-books are available to the students and staff of the University until 31st March 2019.

There are more than 14 000 e-books on various subjects, the focus being, however, on the disciplines of the city centre campus. New titles will be added monthly.

The most popular books will be acquired permanently to the library’s collection in the spring 2019.

Further information on the acquisition model ->

The title list by subject fields ->

The books are catalogued in HELKA.

The link to Oxford Scholarship Online ->

You can send feedback by e-mail:

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.

Researcher, send your publications to the library for open archiving

The requested service is now available! You can send your publications to the library for self-archiving. We check publication rights and archive your publications according to the terms of the publisher.  Send your file to and include information on where your publication will be published.

Picture: PexelsIf you are uncertain which version of your publication can be archived or when it can be archived, send us all the versions you have. (More information on different versions in Open Access: Self-archiving (Green OA).

The archiving service is available to all University of Helsinki staff and students. If you have any questions about this service, about self-archiving or about open access you can reach us at


  • Eighty-four percent of the researchers who answered the library’s patron survey in the spring 2018 said they would use a self-archiving service if available.
  • According to the University of Helsinki’s principles of open publishing (2017) all publications produced at the university should be archived in the publication archive HELDA. In HELDA the long-term storage and availability of publications are secured.

Additional information:

Translation: Monica Allardt

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!