The Redesigned Campus Library

The renewed library facilities opened in Info Centre Korona on Friday October 1, 2021.

The campus library is located on three floors (K1-2). The renewed premises have about 350 places for reading and study.

  • Library's first floor is for communal study, taking part in remote teaching and for quick visits in the self-service area.
  • The open space on the second floor is intended for independent work and study. Electric desks are reserved for working, and members of the University community have access to workstations, in addition to which standing and seating areas as well as armchairs and sofas are available. 
  • Group study facilities are available on the floors K1 and 2. There are 16 group study rooms for 2-10 people, which can be reserved by Helsinki University students. 
  • On the floor K1 there are two quiet reading rooms. 
  • Textbooks can be found on the first floor, publication series, reference books and books classified by discipline are available on the second floor. The collection of newspapers and journals is located on the floor K1.

Read more: Libraries to reopen at Viikki Campus on Friday, October 1 

Follow the instructions for the corona situation displayed in the library. The safety of our customers and staff is important to us.

Each customer is responsible for following these safety instructions in all Library premises.

  • Protective face masks can be used at your own discretion on library premises. You can get a face mask from the building’s porter for free, or buy one from the library’s customer service.
  • Keep adequate distance from other customers and library staff.
  • Please take care of hand hygiene.
  • Only visit the library when you're healthy.
  • Use disinfectant towels to clean shared devices. You can get disinfectant towels from library’s customer service or from the building’s porter.

Students of the University of Helsinki

Helka library card via the Studies Service
Students at the University of Helsinki can acquire a digital Helka library card via the Studies Service. If you acquire a digital Helka card, you do not need a plastic Helka card at all.

  1. Log in to the Studies Service with your Helsinki University username and password. After signing in, you will see the Helka card icon in the upper right corner. With a mobile device, the Helka card can be found in the upper right corner in the hamburger menu.
  2. The service first directs you to activate your customer information in the Helka database. After activation, you can purchase the Helka card at the Studies Service as directed.
  3. Set the PIN code and press save. Your digital Helka card has been created and will be ready to use straight away.

Once you have the library card, you can request books, renew loans and, when necessary, pay overdue fines in the Helka database. Do not update your contact information in Helka, as the contact information is automatically updated from the background systems of the University of Helsinki. So, please notify university services (eg Sisu) of any changes in your contact information.

Helka library card from the customer service desk
If you prefer a plastic library card, you can acquire a Helka card from the library's customer service.

  1. Activate your customer information in Helka database by signing in with your Helsinki University user credentials.
  2. After activation, you can pick up your Helka library card from any Helsinki University Library location during customer service hours. Please remember to bring an official ID card.
  3. Set a PIN code in your customer account in the Helka database. The PIN code is needed only when you borrow print material using the library's self-service lending machines.

Once you have the library card, you can request books, renew loans and, when necessary, pay overdue fines in the Helka database. Do not update your contact information in Helka, as the contact information is automatically updated from the background systems of the University of Helsinki. So, please notify university services (eg Sisu) of any changes in your contact information.

Staff of the University of Helsinki

  1. Activate your customer information in Helka database by signing in with your Helsinki University user credentials.
  2. After activation, you can pick up your Helka library card from any Helsinki University Library location during customer service hours. Please remember to bring an official ID card.
  3. Set a PIN code in your customer account in the Helka database. The PIN code is needed only when you borrow print material using the library's self-service lending machines.

Once you have the library card, you can request books and renew loans in the Helka database. Do not update your contact information in Helka, as the contact information is automatically updated from the background systems of the University of Helsinki. So, please notify university services of any changes in your contact information.

Other customers (no university user credentials)

  1. Acquire a Helka library card with this online form. On the first stage you only need to give your email address. Helka will then send a link to your e-mail, which you can click to fill in the information required for the library card. 
  2. After you get the Welcome email from the Helka database, your Helka card is ready for pick-up. You can pick up your card from any Helsinki University Library location during customer service hours. Please remember to bring an official ID card.
  3. Once you have the library card, you can request books, renew loans, update your customer data in the Helka database and, when necessary, pay overdue fines.
  4. In order to use the library's self-service lending machines, you need a PIN code which you have to set in your customer account in the Helka database. You need to have a valid e-mail in the system to be able to log in to Helka.
  • Chat on the library website is available Mon-Fri 9-16.
  • Phone service in the Main Library Kaisa House (02941 23920) is available Mon-Fri 8-20 and Sat 11-17.
  • The Main Library's customer service desk at Kaisa House is open Mon-Fri 10-19 and Sat 11-17.
  • Customer service desks at the Campus Libraries are open Mon-Fri 10-17.

Questions and feedback can be set also through email or webform.

As a rule, library staff will work remotely. Contact the library experts through service addresses.