Helsinki University Library Services

Helsinki University Library has discipline-specific service points on four campuses: the City Centre Campus, Kumpula, Meilahti and Viikki. All the books and other publications in the campus libraries can be found through through Helka database.

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

The National Library of Finland is also a part of the University of Helsinki.

Other libraries

Some libraries outside Helsinki University Library can also be searched through Helka database. These include the library of the National Board of Antiquities and the library of the Finnish Literature Society.

Information about the services

All Helsinki University Library sites offer customers spaces for working and just spending time. The work spaces offered by the library include quiet, peaceful reading areas and team work spaces of different sizes.

Other services

Checking out, returning and reserving items

In the campus libraries, items are checked out through the self-service lending machine. You can use your Helka library card for the check out. All items borrowed from the Helsinki University Library may be returned to any University of Helsinki campus library site.

Printed materials may be reserved if all loanable items in the library have been checked out. Reservations may not be made for books currently available at the library or to the short-loan course books (2 days). Reservations for course books cost one euro, while reservations for other items are free of charge.

By logging in to Helka you can review your patron information, including:

  • personal and contact information (you may also update your contact information using the online form)
  • possible loan bans
  • loans (you can also renew your loans, but a loan cannot be renewed if there are requests for the item or if your permission to borrow books is denied)
  • reservations (you can also cancel your reservations)
  • information on outstanding fees (you can also pay the fees)
  • change your PIN code

Log in by entering your library card number, PIN code and last name. If you have not yet changed your PIN code in your customer information, the PIN code is 1234.

Interlibrary loan service

If the publication you are looking for is not available in the Helsinki University Library or another library in the Helsinki region, you can turn to the interlibrary loan service. The interlibrary loan service allows you to order books or articles from other libraries for loan or as copies. The interlibrary loans are subject to a charge, with the exception of publications ordered from the National Repository Library.

When looking for books, be sure to also check these resources:
– Public libraries (such as HelMet, the shared database for city libraries in Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa)
– Other Finnish university libraries (shared database Melinda)
– Collections of other libraries, see the service website
– Treasures from Finnish archives, libraries and museums, all in one search at Finna