Photographing and filming in Helsinki University Library

The Helsinki University Library facilities are a public space where photographing and filming are permitted.

Kaisa House, the campus libraries and learning centres are designed to be primarily peaceful working environments for the University community so all photographing and filming in these facilities must be carried out in a way that does not cause unnecessary disturbance for the customers.

Photographing and filming for personal use is permitted in public spaces such as libraries.

Library buildings and public premises can be freely photographed and filmed for personal use as long as this does not disturb their regular use.

Please note that for photographing and filming people, you always need permission from the persons involved.

In all open spaces, it is important to make sure that photographing, filming or related noise does not disturb the peaceful working conditions of the customers or staff.

University of Helsinki maintains an open photo bank. There are photos of all the Helsinki University Library premises in the photo bank.

Media may use the photos free of charge in the context of research, studies or other topics related to University of Helsinki. Other use is not allowed.

Media must credit the photographer if the name is available in the photo bank (in the description or other metadata). The source must be quoted as Helsinki University Library.



The Helsinki University Library facilities can also be rented to be used as background for other types of photography and filming.

In case of film, television, advertisement or other commercial productions by production companies, please contact the library communications team in advance to agree on schedules and shooting arrangements.

Library communications team: or

Specialist Planning Officer
Helsinki University Library

As a rule, using the Helsinki University Library facilities as a shooting location for purposes other than media use is subject to a fee. Using the library facilities for filming and photo shoots is free when the customer is one of the University’s units or the Helsinki University Hospital.

UH and HUH / €, VAT 0 % Other clients / €, inc. VAT 24 %
Camera crew of one to two people
Rent for shooting location, base price *
150.00 per hour, hours not prorated *
Larger photography or film projects **
Rent for shooting location, base price
150.00 per hour, hours not prorated 
Library personnel costs, shooting arrangements 124.00 per hour, hours not prorated
Porter services, if required Priced according to the University of Helsinki Property Services Ltd price list

* Without permission, you may film or take photographs of the library buildings and premises only for personal use. For other purposes, productions photographed or filmed alone or with one model or interviewee are subject to the base price.
** Film and television productions, advertisement shoots and any other crews of three or more persons. 

Further information on pricing: