Student library

The Helsinki University Library serves on four campuses and online:   

Check the location and opening hours of the libraries on the Helsinki University Library websiteIn addition to visiting in person, you can contact the library via e-mail, using the feedback form or, during customer service hours, by phone and the chat available on the library’s website.  

Watch this short video introduction to using the Helsinki University Library.

You can find more information about library services for students in the Instructions for students.

Use the collections

All the books and other publications in the campus libraries can be found in the Helka database. You can start reading e-books as soon as your university user account is activated. The Helka card is a library card of the University of Helsinki, which you need to loan printed material from the library offices of the Helsinki University Library.

Some libraries outside Helsinki University Library can also be searched through Helka database. These include for example the Finnish Heritage Agency Library and the library of the Finnish Literature Society. The National Library of Finland is also a part of the University of Helsinki. The National Library of Finland has its own search service.

Working in the library

The library has work areas dedicated for different needs. The colour codes for the areas indicate whether the space is intended to be completely quiet or dedicated for working or socialising. Visit the library’s website to read the rules related to using the facilities in a way that allows everyone to use them fluently.

Colour codes

Students of the University of Helsinki can book group work spaces from the O365 calendar of each space, using their university user account. The library’s website has more information on how to reserve group work spaces and how the spaces are equipped.

Students of the University of Helsinki can scan, print and copy using the library’s multifunction devices. You can purchase the printing balance required for using the multifunction devices in Unigrafia’s online store.

Information Seeking Courses and Guidance

The Helsinki University Library offers courses and workshops where you can practice academic information seeking skills, such as using databases. Training is available both online and on campuses.

For example, the library’s MOOC online course allows you to study information seeking independently anywhere and any time. The library also organises guidance and events in the Guidance Corner for students related to information seeking. Courses offered by the library are presented in the Instructions for students.