Viikki Pop-up Library

The joint temporary premises of the Viikki Campus Library and the public library in Viikki are on the fourth floor of Info Centre Korona. Pop-up Library is open to the users of both libraries until the actual facilities are completed in autumn 2021.

The Campus Library's restricted services are available on weekdays 11-18.

Drillings of geothermal energy begins at the Info Centre's construction site, which is why the route to the Pop-up Library on the southside of the Info Centre is closed from Monday, April 19, 2021. The library can be reached by going round the Info Centre from the north, on Kanslerinkaari side.
 

Geothermal drilling work lasts for approximately three weeks, until May 9. Thereafter, the work will continue on land construction work until the beginning of June.

Map of the route to the pop-up library. Passageway from the southside of the Info Centre is closed. The library can be reached by going round the Info Centre from the north, on Kanslerinkaari side.

The Pop-up Library is closed from May 24 to June 6, 2021, due to the renovations in the Info Centre. At that time borrowing and reservation pick-ups are not available from Viikki.

Books can still be picked up from Viikki until May 21, and the Campus Library's restricted services are available again from Monday, June 7.

The Pop-up Library in the 4th floor of the Info Centre is open on weekdays 11-18. People over the age of 12 should wear a face mask at the Pop-up Library.

Borrowing of print material from Viikki is available for all Helsinki University Library customers who have a Helka library card. You can also order books from Kaisa House, Kumpula and Meilahti collections to be picked up at Viikki by making a normal reservation for the book in the Helka database. When you receive an email notification from Helka, the book can be picked up from the campus library's reservation shelf in the Pop-up Library.

Reservations and other materials that have been requested in advance are available from the reservation shelf. Only one person is allowed in the pick-up area at a time.

  • Reservations are arranged on the pick-up shelf according to the last pick-up date and request IDs.
  • Check the last pick-up date and the request ID from the email notification you have received from Helka. The request ID is personal and stays the same in all your reservations.
  • Open the email notification when you go to the reservation shelf.
  • Check the last pick-up date from the notification. Pick-up dates are marked on the reservation shelf with green tags.
  • Go to the last pick-up date mentioned in your email notification and search for your reservation with your personal request ID. Reservations are in alphabetical order according to the first letter of the request ID.

The self-service lending and returning machines are available. Use disinfectant towels to clean the surfaces of the devices. All reading, working and group study areas as well as the recreational facilities are closed. Don’t stay longer than necessary.

The library’s customer service desk is closed. Help is available if needed.  See Customer Service below for more information.

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

  • Only visit the library when you're healthy. Long and unnecessary stays at the library should be avoided, so please keep your visits as short as possible.
  • Use a face mask.
  • Please take care of hand hygiene.
  • Keep adequate distance from other customers and library staff.
  • Borrowing of print material and reservation pick-ups are available only from the limited areas. Other library facilities are closed.
  • Use disinfectant towels to clean the keyboard and mouse of shared computers. You can get disinfectant towels from library’s customer service or from the building’s porter.
  • Follow the instructions for the corona situation displayed in the library.

Reading and study spaces are closed due to restrictions of the exceptional situation

All reading, working and group study areas as well as the recreational facilities are closed at least until April 30, 2021.

The self-service lending and returning machines are available. Remember to avoid unnecessary stays in the library, visit as quickly as possible.

Reading and study facilities in the Pop-up Library

The Pop-up Library has approximately 100 places for reading and study as well as some groupwork facilities. The facilities has been planned together with the public library.

The campus library's collections and group study spaces are located on the fourth floor. There is a self-study space on the fifth floor suitable for quiet work.

The entrance is at Viikinkaari 11 B.

Check out the Pop-up Library floor map (pdf) →

Please note that the exceptional situation may cause delay in the response.

  • 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.
  • The Main Library's customer service desk at Kaisa House is open Mon-Fri 8-19.
  • Customer service desks at the Campus Libraries are closed for the time being.

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.

Book collections based on the classification used have been placed in a more compact manner in an area on the fourth floor. Publication series, journals and textbooks are also placed on the fourth floor. Some of the journals as well as theses, dissertations and the special collection have been moved to Kaisa House.

Location information for all material can be found in the Helka database.

 

Students and staff of the University of Helsinki

First, you need to activate your customer information in Helka database by signing in with your Helsinki University user credentials. Your Helka card will be ready for pick-up in the next working day. You can pick up your card from any Helsinki University Library location during customer service hours. Please remember to bring an official ID card.

Please note that during the exceptional situation 30.11.2020-23.5.2021 the library card can only be picked up from the main library's customer service at Kaisa House.

Once you have the library card, you can request books, renew loans and, when necessary, pay overdue fines in the Helka database. 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.

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 Oodi/Sisu) of any changes in your contact information.

Other customers (no university user credentials)

Order a Helka library card by using the online form. The card will be available for pick-up after three working days. You can pick up your card from any Helsinki University Library location during customer service hours. Please remember to bring an official ID card. 

You can also get a Helka card by visiting the library's customer service desk.

Please note that during the exceptional situation 30.11.2020-23.5.2021 the library card can only be picked up from the main library's customer service at Kaisa House.

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. 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.

The group study rooms in Viikki Campus Library are located on the fourth floor of the Infocentre. Some of the group study rooms can be reserved on the O365 calendar, some can be used without reservation.

Equipment in the group study rooms (max. 4–12 people): A fixed computer and a white screen. A University of Helsinki user account is required to access the computer. You can connect your own laptop with a VGA or HDMI cable.

If you need a video projector, you can borrow it from the customer service desk using your library card. You can also book a video projector in advance through the Office365 calendar.

Group study facilities in the O365 calendar: Infokeskus, Library Group Study Room 412 and 414.

The 24h reading room closed in May 2020. As such, the reading room will not be in use even after the renovation of the Info Centre.

If you still have a key card to the 24h reading room, you can return it to the campus library's customer service. After filling out the invoice form at the customer service desk, the library will refund the deposit to your account.

  • 2.10.2019. Collection transfers were ongoing at the Viikki Campus Library in autumn 2019. Click here for the news article.
  • 30.1.2020. The Viikki 24-hour reading room is closed. Remember to return your access card! Click here for the news article.
  • 6.2.2020. Collections of the Viikki Campus Library will be moved to the 4th floor. Click here for the news article.
  • 9.3.2020. Journals, theses and special collection from Viikki are available now in the Main Library. Click here for the news article.
  • 17.3.2020. The Viikki Campus Library is open until Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Click here for the news article.
  • 20.4.2020. Viikki's books as a long-term loan on or after April 30, 2020. Click here for the news article.
  • June 2020. Viikki public library will open its services in the Viikki Pop-up Library in June 2020 on the fourth floor of Info Centre Korona.
  • 6.8.2020. Campus Library services will resume in the Viikki Pop-up Library on Monday, August 17, 2020. Click here for the news article.
  • 27.11.2020. Campus Library's services at the Pop-up Library are closed from November 30, 2020 at least until January 31, 2021. Click here for the news article.
  • 28.1.2021. Reservation pick-up service will be available from the Viikki Pop-up Library from February 2, 2021. Click here for the news article.
  • Autumn 2021. The renewed facilities will be opened on the first, second and third floors of Info Centre Korona in autumn 2021 at the earliest.

The library’s facility redesign project is connected to a larger University of Helsinki repair and remodelling project, during which Info Centre Korona will be comprehensively transformed. The renovations at Korona will be carried out in two stages:

  • First, second and third floors, summer 2020–summer 2021
  • Fourth and fifth floors, summer 2021–summer 2022.

The aim of Helsinki University Library is to create a diverse and flexible learning environment in cooperation with the public library in Viikki. The renewed facilities will be opened on the first, second and third floors of Info Centre Korona in autumn 2021 at the earliest.

  • The current number of places available for reading and study at the campus library will remain the same (approx. 270).
  • The number of facilities for groupwork and quiet work will also remain unchanged, and the equipment available for groupwork will be replaced.
  • The stations for borrowing and returning books will be redesigned.
  • Digital materials will be better highlighted in the learning environment.
  • Printed resources will be clearly organised on floors 1–3 of Info Centre Korona.