Collections and content online
The Treasures collection features digitised books, maps and manuscripts.
Journals and periodicals
The digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi service includes digitised versions of all journals and periodicals published in Finland between 1771 and 1929. More recent journals and periodicals are available in all Finnish legal deposit libraries.
The Peri+ service provides access to the following journals and periodicals in partner libraries:
Historiallinen aikakauskirja 1903–1999
The data and metadata produced by the National Library of Finland can be freely used. The National Library offers numerous data repositories and interfaces published as open data using a CCO license. More information on the resources and their use is available in the data catalogue.
Fenno-Ugrica is a digital collection of publications in Finno-Ugric languages. The collection consists of monographs and newspapers published in 20 languages, including some 1,500 titles of digitised monographs and more than 110 titles of journal and periodicals.
The Fragmenta membranea collection contains the vast majority of the remains of books written and used in the eastern parts of mediaeval Sweden, the Diocese of Turku. The Fragmenta membranea database comprises 9,319 digitised parchment leaves from the late 900s and early 1000s to the mid-1500s.
The Finnish civil war and independence
To mark the centenary of Finland’s independence, the National Library of Finland digitised a selection of original resources relating to the events of 1917 and 1918.
History of books
The Fiction and Books for Children collection encompasses both fiction and books for children from the 19th century onwards as well as a number of religious leaflets and tracts, and works from book series for children.
The Broadside collection includes songs about significant or strange events (such as the sinking of the Titanic, natural catastrophes, criminal offences) or personal experiences. Broadsides were printed on single sheets of paper and used to disseminate information and change people’s worldviews.
The Grammar Books collection is available in Doria.
The digital collection of classic works of Finnish literature includes books from the 19th century and early 20th century.
Geography and travel
The collection of literature on geography and travel from the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century features works about Finland or written by Finns. The digital resources include geography textbooks, travel guides and travelogues.
Nordenskiöld Map Collection
In the late 19th century, Finnish scholar and explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832–1901) put together a collection of rare works, including historical maps, geographical literature and travelogues. Doria features a representative sample of the National Library of Finland’s Nordenskiöld Map Collection.
The ephemera collection includes a selection of digitised brochures, advertisements, catalogues, pricelists, guides, manuals, notifications and other small prints on topics such as travel, animal protection, women’s rights, food supply, revival meetings and vehicles. The publications cover a period of more than 100 years, from early 19th century to 1944.
Old Finnish recordings
The Raita collection includes Finnish recordings no longer under copyright that you can listen to at the library premises.
The National Library has digitised all newspapers published in Finland between 1771 and 1929 for free access through the digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi service. More recent newspapers are available in digital format in all legal deposit libraries.
European digitised newspapers can be found through the Europeana service.
Finnish maps and atlases
A comprehensive selection of historical maps and atlases of Finland covers the period from the 16th century to the mid-1900s.
The maps describe the changes as to how Finland was depicted on maps and illustrate the history of Finland’s status and internal governance, the development of transport connections and the growth of population centres.
Dissertations of the Royal Academy of Turku
The National Library has digitised an extensive collection of dissertations and theses published from 1642 to 1828 at the Royal Academy of Turku (Kongliga akademien i Åbo in Swedish, Regia academia aboensis in Latin): Dissertations of the Royal Academy of Turku.
Published writings of President Urho Kekkonen
The collection includes the writings published by President Kekkonen during his lifetime as well as the writings included in the publications edited by Ari Uino from 1997 to 2000. The collection does not include texts printed after President Kekkonen’s death nor original manuscripts, which are stored in the Archives of President Urho Kekkonen in Orimattila.
Finnish Web Archive
The Finnish Web Archive contains a diverse and representative sample of online content as of 2006. The archive is supplemented annually through automatic harvesting as well as harvesting efforts focusing on Finland, news and specific themes. The content of the archive can be accessed in legal deposit libraries. The search function can be used anywhere to check whether a page has been stored in the archive, and word searches of the archive can be made at workstations in legal deposit libraries.