Changes in the North Hall’s services and reserving microfilms

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pohjoissali ja mikrofilmien lukulaitteita

The North Hall’s services from 1 September 2021 onwards

The North Hall is a reading room of the National Library of Finland where you can read microfilms with microfilm readers and use digitised material at the legal deposit workstations.

From 1 September 2021 onwards, advice will be available in the North Hall from Monday to Friday:

  • Upon request, a duty officer will be called from Rotunda’s information desk from 10 a.m. to 12 noon
  • There will be a duty officer in the North Hall from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

If you have not used microfilm scanners before, we encourage you to arrive on your first visit between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The North Hall is open according to the library's opening hours, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the hall can be used independently outside advice hours.

Due to COVID-19 situation, only part of the seats and machines are in use. More information here.

It is also possible to make a reservation for the microfilm readers in the North Hall or via email:

Reserving microfilms has been moved to the search service

The microfilms in the storage can now be ordered directly from our search service. In order to reserve microfilms, you will need a National library card and a pin code.

We will deliver a maximum of 32 microfilm rolls at a time.

In future, loaned microfilms will also be shown in the loan data. You can renew them yourself, and please also remember to return the films you no longer need.

The reservation through the search service applies almost all of the microfilms in the storage. If the microfilm material you want cannot be booked through the search service, the films are ordered either with an e-form, email or in the library with order slips.

The materials already in the North Hall can still be used without reservations.


For more information on the services of the North Hall and the reservation of microfilms, please contact us via email: