University of Helsinki participates in Helsinki Pride week with panel discussion and book exhibit

Last year Helsinki University Library took part to the Helsinki Pride for the first time and organized a book exhibit about LGBTQ studies and a panel discussion in Kaisa House with huge success.

This year the library joins forces with the University of Helsinki’s equality and diversity committee and organizes Pride: Change is Coming – Different Voices! panel discussion in a more spacious venue at Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4) on June 27th starting on 3 pm. The event will be opened by the Vice-Rector Tom Böhling and the opening speech given by the President Tarja Halonen. This year’s speakers for the panel are medical (MD/PhD) student and the chairperson of Seta Sakris Kupila, senior lecture of sociology of education and senior researcher Jukka Lehtonen, the Vice-Rector of The University of Helsinki Tom Böhling and a spokesperson for transgender people and a sociology student Hippu Helminen, who identifies as a non-binary person.

The themes of this year’s panel discussion are gender and sexual diversity among others.

The event will be held in Finnish, but the audience has a possibility to pose questions also in English.

Event program:

  • At 15.00 Opening words, Vice-Rector Tom Böhling
  • At 15.05 YL Male Voice Choir
  • At 15.15 Speech by President Tarja Halonen
  • At 15.25 Hooray for equality and diversity and for Pride’s 50th anniversary!
  • At 15.26 Pride: Change is Coming – Different Voices! panel discussion
  • At 16.20 YL Male Voice Choir
  • At 16.29 Ending of the event, Böhling

Facebook event for Pride: Change is Coming – Different Voices!
Facebook event for Pride week at University of Helsinki

The Uni­versity of Helsinki to par­ti­cip­ate in the Pride parade for the first time

Pride – 50 years of movement book exhibit in Kaisa House 24.6.-5.7.

Pride 50 years of movement book exhibit presents LGBTQ themed material from Helsinki University Library’s collections. The Exhibit is on display from the beginning of Helsinki Pride week June 24th until July 5th in Kaisa House’s Guidance Corner which is located on the 3rd floor.

This year’s themes for the exhibit are gender and sexual diversity and the 50th anniversary of the Pride movement.

You can browse the books on the spot in comfortable armchairs or borrow for summer reading, because all the material, except for journals, is available for loan.

Laptops allowed in the quiet reading room on the 2nd floor of the Kaisa House

From Thursday, June 13, 2019 it is allowed to use laptops in the Main Library’s quiet reading room (no. 2011) on the 2nd floor of the Kaisa House. The smaller reading space (no. 2015) on the 2nd floor is still reserved for work without laptops.

Library’s silent spaces are coded with red signs. Be considerate and let the other visitors work in peace. Keep all your devices completely on mute, work quietly.
Read more about the Library Rules ->

From June 2019 onwards it is allowed to use laptops in the quiet reading room (no. 2011).
Smaller reading room (no. 2015) is still a laptop free zone.
Smaller quiet reading room (2015) can accommodate up to six people. It is located on the 2nd floor behind the lifts. The lights can be turned on by a light switch outside the room.









Self-checkout machines only on the 3rd floor in Kaisa House

Starting Wednesday, June 12th, 2019, all self-checkout machines for borrowing will be located on the 3rd floor (the entrance floor of the library).

The machines on the other floors (underground floors K4 and K3 as well as floors 2, 4, 5, and 6) will no longer be available.




Library’s opening hours during and after the Midsummer

From the Midsummer, Friday June 21st on, Kumpula, Meilahti and Viikki Campus Libraries will be closed. Main Library Kaisa House and Learning Centre Aleksandria will also have shorter opening hours. From June 24th to August 25th Kaisa House is open 8:00-18:00 (customer service 10:00-18:00) on weekdays. On Saturdays, the library is closed.

Opening hours at Midsummer

Thursday, June 20

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

At Midsummer, June 21-23, 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 2019 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 2019 in the Library.

On Trial: Incision until 30.6

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Incision provides access to 344 procedures, filmed in 3D from a surgeon´s point of view.

Subjects include General, Gastro-Intestinal, Head and neck, Obstetrics and Gymecology, Plastic, Surgical Oncology, Trauma/Orthopedic and Urology and others.

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On Trial: All JoVE Science Education Videos and Video Journals until Midsummer

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University of Helsinki has free access to the whole JoVE until 21.6.

JoVE Video Journals include the following subject areas:

Behavior, Chemistry, Immunology and Infection, Biochemistry, Developmental Biology, Medicine, Bioengineering, Engineering, Neuroscience, Biology, Environment, Cancer Research, Genetics and Methods Collections

JoVE Science Education Videos include the following:

Basic Biology, Advanced Biology, Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, Clinical Skills, Environmental Sciences, Psychology, Lab Manual and Core.

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Opening hours on Ascension Day, May 29th-30th

On Wednesday May 29th 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 30th (Ascension Day) libraries and learning centres are closed.
Aleksandria can be accessed with the magnetic key.

SUMMER 2019 in the Library

On Trial: The Making of the Modern World until 20.6

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The Making of the Modern World is available until 20.6 in the University of Helsinki.

We have access to the 3 parts of the Making of the Modern World:

The Goldsmiths´-Kress Library of Economic Literature, 1450-1914 (part 1) as a primary source offers ways to understand  the emergence of modern economics and other social sciences. This collection includes the study of early economic, political, business and social history and for researching the literature of economics from this period.

The Making of Modern World: Part II, 1851-1914 takes the series to the end of the nineteenth century. Comprised mainly of monographs, reports, correspondence, speeches, and surveys, this collection broadens the international coverage of social, economic, and business history, as well as political science, technology, industrialization, and the birth of the modern corporation.

The Making of the Modern World: Part III, 1890-1945 takes The Making of the Modern World series deeper into the twentieth century covering the key events that have shaped the modern world like the First World War, the Great Depression, and the Second World War.

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