Mobile storage units for thesis writers

  • The library has 60 mobile storage units that can be reserved and borrowed for 28 days.
  • If you are interested in borrowing a unit, please fill a form in by Sept 30th, 2012. In future, the units can be reserved in Helka.
  • Lots will be drawn on Oct 1st to determine the first borrowers.
  • The units are for Helsinki University members only.

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University launches Give a Book campaign

A new online campaign improves the availability of textbooks, and all proceeds will go in full towards textbook purchases. The University of Helsinki’s library is responsible for the campaign in cooperation with the Community Relations unit. Active marketing will commence now, at the beginning of the autumn term.

An exam is imminent and the library is out of copies of the textbook? This difficult situation is well known to almost every student and alumni member of the university. In the future, it may be possible to have more books donated by the sponsors and friends of the university.

The Give a Book site lists textbooks from each faculty whose additional copies are needed the most by students. Donors may choose to donate one or several copies of the textbooks they choose, or sponsor purchases of books or e-books with a donation they consider appropriate. The donation is paid using online banking credentials or a credit card.

The donated books will feature a bookplate indicating that this is a book donated to the campaign by a specific donor. Donations can also be made anonymously. The aim is to continue the campaign for the university’s strategy period 2013–2016 at the least.

”The idea behind the service came from the library’s developer community. Students from the IDIS community proposed that textbooks could also be obtained through donations,” says Pia Dolivo, Relations Manager who developed the idea in cooperation with the library.

The Give a Book campaign has met an enthusiastic reception at the university, as donations make it possible to significantly influence the availability of textbooks. Currently, the library is able to offer textbooks for approximately one in three students.

”The Give a Book campaign is an easy way to help students,” Dolivo continues.

”In addition to alumni members, also collaboration partners will be told about the campaign, as they can provide significant support for procuring books, even for entire courses.”

In fact, the campaign strives for a significant financial impact, as a donation that seems small for an individual company may be a proportionally significant increase in a faculty’s textbook budget.

Corporate donations will first be tested with the Faculty of Law so as to obtain more textbooks for its students.

The library and the Community Relations unit will arrange a discussion panel on the campaign in September. The event is intended for all university students interested in the campaign and those working with the university’s alumni, fundraising and questions of social dialogue.

More information:

Fundraising Officer Mikko Kotola
Communications and Community Relations
tel. +358 9 191 40361

Library Website Is Evolving

Helsinki University Library is launching a new website at the beginning of the fall semester 2012. Beta version is released on Thursday the 30th of August 2012.

At the heart of the new site is an easy-to-use search functionality for the customer to search for books, journals and articles. The material in the library catalogue HELKA as well as Nelli search portal plus the content of HELDA Digital Archive are indexed in the search.

In addition, customer can browse the relevant databases in his/her discipline. When a database of interest is found, the customer can continue the search in the appropriate database.

The familiar HELKA and Nelli user interfaces can also be selected if they feel more comfortable to use.

Information on library services, previously scattered round the campus library webpages, are updated and organized to a single site. Meilahti Campus Library Terkko’s site traffic is transferred to TerkkoNavigator – a brand new information management tool serving the customers in the medical and health sciences.

The services of the new Main Library, opening on Monday the 3rd of September, can be found on the new site. You can download a map to help you to find your way around in the library.

If you do not immediately find what you are looking on the new, evolving website, you can still visit the familiar old site of the library. Please note however that the content of the old site is no longer updated in September 2012.

Feedback on the reform of the site is very welcome. Please send e-mail to library [at]

The library’s Digital Services continue to develop the site based on customer feedback.

Nelli is Slow

Nelli is working slow. The situation is same in all the University libraries in Finland. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that the problem will be solved as soon as possible.

Helka unavailable 29.7. – 3.8.2012

The service break covers the HELKA online cataloque as well as the library system.

The following HELKA-services are not available during the break:

  • loans
  • database search
  • renewals
  • reservations
  • paying library fees
  • updating customer information

We are sorry for the inconvenience.


Summer Time in the Library from June 1st

Some locations have already closed for the move, and the ones that are still open will have summer opening hours from June 1st.

Minerva is open Mon – Fri 9-18 in June-August. The Undergraduate Library is open Mon – fri 9 – 18 until it will be closed on June 29th.

  • On June 21st Minerva and the Undergraduate Library will be open 9 – 16
  • On Midsummer Eve, June 22nd, Minerva and the Undergraduate Library will be closed

The following locations will be open Mon 12-18, Tue – Fri 9-16 during June 1st to June 15th:

  • Metsätalo (closed after June 15th)
  • Theology (closed after June 15th)
  • Law (closed after June 15th)
  • Social Sciences (closed after June 15th)

During the summer, the libraries will move into Kaisa House, to be opened on September 3rd. A warm thank you to all our customers and welcome to the main library in September!

We apologize for the inconvenience cased by the move.

Please also note the opening hours of the National Library and our library user survivor guide for the summer.


Summer opening hours from Fri 1.6.

From Friday 1st of June the summer opening hours:

Mon-Fri                                 9-16
Fri 22.6. Midsummer Eve       closed

Mon-Fri                                 9-16

Mon-Fri                                 9-18

Saturdays closed. Note! Also Sat 1.9. closed.
From Monday 3.9. normal opening hours.