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Finna.fi makes life easier during the coronavirus pandemic – treasures of culture, science and learning available to everyone

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Are you dreaming of visiting a museum? Are you looking for resources for remote teaching? Do you need material for your studies but the opening hours of your library have been limited? All this is offered by the Finna.fi search service, which is home to millions of treasures of culture and science. 

Finna.fi is an online service maintained by the National Library of Finland, and its goal is to make it as easy and safe as possible to find and use information and to learn something new. It includes more than 400 archives, libraries and museums. 

Here are five tips for how Finna’s content can help you during the coronavirus pandemic:  

1. Refresh your mind by admiring art 

You can find a broad range of the art treasures of Finnish museums from Finna. Most recently, Villa Gyllenberg, the Tampere Art Museum and the K.H. Renlund Museum have published their collections.   

2. Go on a nostalgia trip 

With the Finna Street image search, you can search for historical images based on your phone’s location data. Go outside to explore all the layers of history around you. The search works better in larger towns. 

3. Find resources to help your studies 

Finna features 300,000 theses that can give you ideas for your thesis, for example. Open-access articles and educational resources also help you in your studies.

4. Make remote teaching more stimulating 

Finna is a safe place for learning. Visit the Finna Classroom where museums and archives, with teachers, have built ready-to-use teaching content. In open-access educational resources, you can find exercises and new ideas for all educational levels. 

5. Explore original sources from the comforts of your home 

Finna is an endless source for researchers. You can find reliable original sources of archive services and museums, such as archives, old photos and maps

Would you like to search for information yourself? Go to the search field on our front page, where you can easily look for information from any source imaginable. 

Further information: 
Head of Development Erkki Tolonen, the National Library of Finland, tel. +358 50 576 2869, erkki.tolonen(at)helsinki.fi 

Image: The winter landscape depicts Hämeentie in Helsinki from Vilhonvuori towards the city centre. Alex Rapp, 1902. Helsinki City Museum. License: CC BY 4.0. Original image: Paavo Pykäläinen