Library has exceptional opening hours in May 4th-6th

On Wednesday May 4th libraries are open as follows:
– Main Library 8-18
– Kumpula, Terkko, Viikki 9-16
– Dental Library 9-15.

Learning Centres
– Aleksandria 8-17:45
– Minerva 8-17:45.

On Thursday May 5th (Ascension Day) libraries and learning centres are closed.
Aleksandria can be accessed with a magnetic key.

On Friday May 6th libraries and learning centres are open:
– Main Library 8-20
– Kumpula, Terkko, Viikki 9-16
– Dental Library closed
– Aleksandria 8-19:45
– Minerva 8-19:45.

The Helsinki University Library has summer opening hours from June 1st, 2016.
You will find them from the website:

Open by default: Open Access guide for researchers

Wondering where to publish Open Access or how to cope with all the demands of openness by the research funders? How can an individual researcher publish openly? And what do we mean in the first place when we talk about Open Access publishing?

You can now reach it all with one click:

Open Access: Guide for Researchers is aimed to those looking for practical guidance on Open Access policies and possibilities (inc. self-archiving) at the University of Helsinki.

Should any questions arise, feel free to use this e-mail address:


Read more:
Open Science and Research
Open Scholarship
SPARC Europe

Our OA-guide is also available in Finnish:

ResearchGuides – Library’s information sources from various research fields, expert librarians and help guides


Opening hours during Easter

tiputDuring Easter the libraries are closed from Good Friday until Easter Monday March 25th to March 28th, 2016.

On Maundy Thursday (March 24th), the libraries are open as follows:
– Kaisa House  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
– Kumpula, Terkko and Viikki 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
– Dental Library 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Main Library in Kaisa House will be open on four Sundays after Easter from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Learning Centres Aleksandria and Minerva are open 8 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. on Maundy Thursday. Aleksandria can be accessed with magnetic key during Easter (from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m.).

Library’s and learning centres’ opening hours

Kaisa House is open on Sundays in March and April

From March 6th until April 24th the Main Library will be open from 11 am to 5 pm on Sundays, with the exception of Easter holidays (from Friday March 25th to Monday March 28th), during which the building will be closed.

Entrance on Sundays is from Fabianinkatu and by lift from Kaisaniemenkatu (1st floor) or from Helsinki University metrostation (floor K1).

Finland’s most popular learning environment works as a self-service library

On Sundays Kaisa House will function as a self-service library. The collections and facilities are available to customers on floors 2-7. The customer service on the 3rd floor and the underground floors (K4, K3, K2) are closed.

You can pick up your reservations as a self-service from the open shelves at the service desk. Phone service will be available should you have problems using the library or the self-service facilities.

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

The Learning Centre Aleksandria accessible with magnetic key all Sunday

Learning Centre Aleksandria (Fabianinkatu 26) is open on 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. 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


Store, Use and Manage Research Data

Research Data Management – Guide tells you the data storage services and policy at the University of Helsinki. You can also learn more about UH recommendations for sharing & reuse of research data.

dataThe management of research data refers to creating and storing research data and related descriptive metadata so as to preserve the usability and reliability of the material.
See also:
Tuuli (DMP tool)

ResearchGuides – Library’s information sources from various research fields, expert librarians and help guides

The ResearchGuides lists a selection of major information resources in various research fields provided by the Library.  It is made  especially for researchers and advanced students.


What is your experience of using e-books? Participate in online survey!

University libraries gather now students and teachers user experience about e-books in studies and teaching. E-books are the electronic versions of printed books which can be read on a computer or mobile device.

The feedback collected through this survey will be used to further develop the accessibility and usability of e-books you need in your studies, so your opinion is very important to us!

bookThe survey for students:–kysely

The survey for teachers:–opetuksen-tukena-kysely

Your answers will be confidential and your privacy will be respected. Individual respondents will not be identifiable in the final reporting. The research material will be archived in the Finnish Social Science Data Archive for further use in academic research and teaching.

The survey form will be online until 31 May 2016.

The survey is part of the e-textbook project of the FinELib Consortium. It is carried out by the National Library of Finland in cooperation with higher education libraries. You can contact the organizers of the survey through

​Thank you for participating!

Science AAAS evolution is here – check out redesigned website

Science´s (AAAS) redesigned website makes it easier to access, read, and share articles using a responsive web design that provides an optimal viewing and interaction experience across a wide range of devices from desktop to mobile phones. The new, streamlined design has more accessible article content, one-click article references, sharing tools, and much more.

Furthermore, Science Express is now called “First Release”. First Release provides electronic publication of selected Science papers in advance of print.


Read more: Access to Science journals in 2016

Do you have any other questions, feedback, or comments? Contact us: e-library[at]

Helsinki University Library opens its data for the general public

Helsinki University Library’s open data web service offers the vast majority of the library’s data in easy-to-use JSON format. In addition to library catalog data, the service contains data of University of Helsinki disciplines and library opening hours. The APIs are documented in Swagger specifications.

Citizens and businesses can retrieve library’s data from the service for personal or commercial purposes. For example, we hope to see new mobile services based on our data. The service will be expanded and developed further in the future. We are planning to open data of Helda, as well as University’s research groups publication data through the service.

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Image source: 123rf

The service was implemented by the Helsinki University Library’s application development group. Helsinki University Library has long been a pioneer in the application of information technology, but the current closed library system prevents the library catalog data from appearing in search engines such as Google. The current library system does not provide any tools for opening the data. The upcoming new library system should have built-in support for open APIs.