25 million pages of history at digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi
Digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi is a veritable treasure trove for history buffs and researchers. This free service provides users with access to historical newspapers and journals published in Finland, ephemera, and other resources digitised by the National Library of Finland, such as manuscripts, music notation and maps. The amount of digitised resources in the service has now passed the 25-million-page mark.
Good news for newspapers
The most extensive and most used collection in the service consists of newspapers. They account for over 15 million pages, or approximately 60% of the resources. The service also includes seven million pages of journals, in addition to which books are continuously digitised and added to the service. The resources currently under development include unique literature in the National Collection from the era of Swedish rule over Finland, that is, publications produced in or focusing on Finland issued between 1488 and 1809.
The openly available newspapers and journals in the service extend up to the end of 1939, as do books whose copyright has expired. This year’s most popular newspaper was Hufvudstadsbladet. The most popular journal was Suomen Kuvalehti, and the most popular book was Anna-Liisa by Minna Canth. The freely available resources also include Swedish-language newspapers published up to the end of 1949.
Copyrighted resources can be used at the National Library and other legal deposit libraries in Helsinki, Turku, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Joensuu and Oulu.
The National Library’s digitisation work is based on its long-term digitisation programme. It also develops the Digi service at digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi to better meet the needs of researchers, genealogists, students and other information seekers. The development work is financed with funds from the Leverage from the EU 2014–2020 programme of the European Regional Development Fund.