The National Library of Finland develops its operations in projects, the results of which will be channeled as a part of basic operations. In addition, the library participates in the development of its expertise and operating environment in externally funded projects.

There are several ongoing projects at the National Library of Finland, the most significant of which we present below in terms of their aims and outcomes.

  • Books of the Medieval Parish Church

    Books of the Medieval Parish Church (BOMPAC) is an ERC Starting Grant projet led by Jaakko Tahkokallio and hosted by the National Library. It studies the book provision of parish churches in the medieval Kingdom of Sweden, using the book fragments of the National Library of Finland and the Royal Archives (Stockholm) as its principal sources. The project publishes articles and research data according to the principles of Open Science.

  • Digitisation and deployment of Swedish-language newspapers

    According to the Act on Collecting and Preserving Cultural Materials and the Copyright Act, all digitised materials are available only at protected workstations in the National Library and in legal deposit libraries as well as in the Library of Parliament.
    The project will open access to digitised Swedish-language newspaper materials published in Finland until 31 December 1949 to the general public through by the end of 2021.

  • Digitisation of Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat

    All in all, the project will digitise and open approximately 550,000 new pages for public use. At the end of the project, Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat will be available in a digital format as a continuous historical chain until 31 December 1979. Altogether, almost one million pages of newspaper material of Helsingin Sanomat and Ilta-Sanomat will be digitally available at the end of the project.

  • Digitisation of Uusi Suomi

    At the end of the project, the materials of Uusi Suometar and Uusi Suomi will be available in a digital format as an unbroken historical chain from 122 years. At the end of the project, more than 600,000 pages of newspaper material of these papers will be digitally available.

  • Jean Sibelius Works (JSW)

    Work on the complete critical edition Jean Sibelius Works/Werke began in 1996. The project aims to publish Sibelius's oeuvre in its entirety, 60 volumes. The edition is based on a thorough study of all surviving sources. It is intended both for scholarly use and performance.

  • Support for Sámi languages in digital services

    During the project, support for Northern Sámi will be added to three National Library services. The goal is to promote the language rights and equality of the Sámi in Finnish society by expanding support for the Sámi languages in digital services that foster culture, scholarship and learning. The project seeks to create an operating model through which language support for national knowledge infrastructures can be developed in reciprocal cooperation with representatives of the language community.

  • The adoption of ISNIs in Copyright Management Organizations

    The goal of the project is to acquire a comprehensive range of ISNIs for the rightholders represented by different Copyright Management Organizations (CMOs). In practice, this means adding ISNIs to the rightholder data in the databases of the Copyright Management Organizations.

    An ISNI (International Standard Name Identifier) is an international identifier that is used to uniquely identify any individuals and organizations contributing to creative activities, such as authors, performers, composers, visual artists, producers and publishers.

  • Translocalis

    The phenomenon of letters to newspapers developed into a nationwide and pervasive culture of local letters in the mid-1800s Finnish-language press. The Translocalis Project collects and researches this forgotten cultural heritage of 19th century Finland and creates new digital cultural heritage from it. 

  • Tutkain 2020-2022

    Thanks to the Tutkain project, researchers will be able to use Finnish newspapers and magazines from 1930–2018 digitised by the National Library. Research use here refers to non-commercial scientific or artistic research, reports, theses or final projects completed by students, researchers and other members of teaching and research staff at Finnish higher education institutions participating in Tutkain.