Opening hours and services between 1 June and 31 August

The National Library is open during summer between 1 June and 31 August on weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm. Due to the coronavirus situation, the library is only open for research, study and the use of library materials. Please check our website for opening hours before making your way to the library. Situation may change rapidly due to government regulations.

  • Between 14 and 31 May we offer limited self-service loaning
  • Between 1 June and 31 August the library is open on weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm
  • Information service points in Rotunda, Slavonic library and the Special Collections Reading Room are open on weekdays from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Information service points in the North Hall and the Reprographic Service are closed
  • Our digital services are running as normal

Customer service is limited and some information services will have to be postponed. These include services where we need to be next to the customer, such as advicing the use of microfilm readers. Also, not all devices and reading places are in use to maintain safe distances.

The Special Collections Reading Room is open and material is delivered there. However, even in the Special Collections Reading Room, close contact is prohibited and the customer must keep a distance when the attendant brings the materials. No information service is given alongside the material, and no material requiring close supervision is provided.

The microfilm readers and legal deposit workstations in the North Hall can be used on a self-service basis. Microfilms can be ordered and read, but the information service point is not open.

The Listening Room and its audio services are not available.

The Reprographic Service starts operating without close contact, and orders will be processed and delivered.

At the Interlibrary borrowing service you can place orders for material from other libraries. The Interlibrary borrowing works to a limited extent, as many libraries have been closed due to the pandemic. Due to vacation season, delivery times may be several weeks.

Other libraries can place orders for the Interlibrary lending service throughout the summer. Delivery times may be longer than usual.

The Legal Deposit Office (Yliopistonkatu 1) is closed until 14 August. Customer service email is vapaakappale@helsinki.fi. Contact number is +358 2941 44321 (between 15 June and 14 August on weekdays from 9 am to 11 am, otherwise from 9 am to 12 pm). Postal parcels can be sent as usual.

Delivery times may be longer than usual for all materials and services.

Please check our website for opening hours before making your way to the library. Situation may change rapidly due to government regulations. We are operating according to guidelines established by the University of Helsinki.

Contact us

During the periods of limited service we are primarily offering assistance online and by phone.

You can reach our customer service by email at kk-palvelu@helsinki.fi
Our customer service can be reached by phone on weekdays from 10 AM to 1 PM at +358 2941 23196.
You can also contact us via our chat service on weekdays at kansalliskirjasto.fi and kansalliskirjasto.finna.fi.