National Library of Finland to terminate microfilming in early 2024

Date published

The National Library will discontinue microfilming in early 2024. It will then no longer supply microfilms to clients.

Microfilm boxes

Microfilm boxes

Picture by
Marko Oja

In 2023 we will continue to deliver microfilms of all newspapers appearing in Finland to our clients as agreed.

Newspapers received as legal deposits will be digitised upon receipt and made available via the Digital resources of the National Library,, service. Based on the Tutkain agreement, all newspapers and journals published by the end of 2021 will be available for research use at the higher education institutions that have concluded the agreement.

Regardless of microfilm discontinuation, any microfilms made by the end of 2023 will remain accessible in the National Library’s North Hall.

Microfilming will be discontinued for several reasons. One is that as the required technology is no longer developed except to a very limited extent, we would be unable to replace our ageing equipment. Access to equipment maintenance services is also uncertain, making microfilming risky.

Since the 1950s, microfilm has been a reliable and secure storage format for extensive datasets. As resources are becoming increasingly digital, the National Library will use the Digital Preservation Service offered by CSC (IT Center for Science) to ensure the preservation and usability of digital newspapers for future generations. The Digital Preservation Service is intended for the long-term preservation of cultural heritage resources.

•    Digital resources of the National Library of Finland
•    Tutkain agreement
•    National Library of Finland microfilming services
•    CSC – IT Center for Science
•    Digital Preservation Service

Further information on the termination decision:
Director of Services Johanna Lilja
Further information on microfilm orders:
Service Manager Hanna Arpiainen

Contact person

Johanna Lilja
Director of Services
Research Library
+358 (0)50 311 9610
National Library
P.O.Box 15 (Unioninkatu 36)
00014 University of Helsinki
Hanna Arpiainen
Service Manager
Research Library
+358 2941 21425
National Library of Finland
Saimaankatu 6
50100 Mikkeli