Customer terminals and computers are available to you in many places in the library. They are primarily intended for the use of library databases and digitised materials as well as for scanning microfilms. Through customer computers, you can also have access to an Internet browser, your email and the Microsoft Office software.
You do not need any login ID or passwords for accessing the library databases through the terminals. These databases include, for example, Finna, Helka, Fennica, Arto and Viola.
You also do not need to login in order to use the digitised materials through the customer terminals, Such materials include, among others, digitised newspapers and journals, ephemera, works not subjected to copyright available in the publication archives (Doria, Helmi, Raita), dissertations by the Royal Academy of Turku, collection of parchment fragments.
However, logging in is required for using the following services:
You can get the necessary user IDs and passwords quickly from our library's customer service points by presenting your Helka library card or a photo-ID (driver's license, personal ID or passport).
You can use the library's customer terminals, computers, the Internet and the library's local software free of charge. The user ID is valid for a fixed term, and when you receive it, you will need to agree to follow the University of Helsinki's instructions on the use of information systems and networks.
If you need help, our staff is happy to instruct you in the use of library devices and software. If you need help for using your own devices, please contact the University of Helsinki's Helpdesk.
The library's customer service point distributes temporary IDs for your own devices for the wireless network and for the workstations in the library. This ID also gives you access to the library databases and the library's e-materials.
The visitor workstations in the library and the workstations in the microfilm room are used with the visitor ID. You can get a visitor ID from the customer service point by presenting your library card or by proving your identity, presenting an ID with a photo.
HUPnet is the University of Helsinki's unprotected wireless network. You can use HUPnet with the university ID or a HUPnet ID. You can get these IDs from the library's customer service point by presenting your library card or by proving your identity, presenting an ID with a photo. These IDs are valid either one day or one week.
Visitors to the National Library have four reading rooms at their disposal (the General Reading Room, the North Hall reading room, the reading room of the Slavonic Library and the special reading room) as well as reading desks in the Rotunda, the Aquarium, the Slavonic Library and the Music Library.
In the reading rooms, visitors can work and use items from the collections which cannot be released on loan.
About the reading rooms
Copies of sound recordings in the National Library’s collections can be delivered to the listening room of the Music Library upon request.
More info on availability of material
The microfilm materials available in the microfilm reading room without special order include the microfilms of all Finnish newspapers up to 1945. The microfilms of regional newspapers since 1946 can be ordered from the storage with two days delivery time.
The microfilms of major newspapers published in the capital city area, such as Helsingin sanomat, Hufvudstadsbladet and Demari, are available up until the "current day". The newspapers are microphotographed in Mikkeli, so the delay is about 2 months. With regard to foreign newspapers, Dagens Nyheter and Guardian are available fully and without a special order. NY Times is available from the year 1950, years prior 1950 can be ordered from the storage.
Our library does not have the day's newspapers.
The microfilm materials available without special order also include American Finnish newspapers, military newspapers and a wide range of older volumes of recreational journals.
Old phone catalogues and address books have been recorded on microfiche and they are immediately available to our customers.
The available microfilm materials also contain literature from the Swedish era and plenty of other monographs from our Fennica collection on microfilms.
The microfilm readers are located in the North Hall. There are ten workstations. In addition to browsing the materials, the workstations can be used for scanning the microfilm contents onto your own mass storage device, such as a memory stick. Printing on paper is also possible. There is also possibility to make a reservation for the microfilm readers via the North Hall customer service.
For saving and printing, we provide you with a personal visitor ID for using the workstation's software. You need to present your Helka card or a personal ID in order to receive the visitor ID. Our personnel will help you with the use of workstations.
For reserving the microfilm readers
Most of our computers have a printing option with the cardboard copying and printing cards of UniGrafia. You can also use the more recent, plastic UniGrafia copying and printing cards (used by the university departments, for example) to copy and scan materials. You can also plug in a USB memory stick into some of our computers.
In addition to copying and printing, our multifunctional copy machines enable you to scan pages and send them to your email.
Due to copyright-related reasons, electronic copies cannot be made on the workstations of cultural materials (the legal deposit workstations). However, paper copies are possible.
You can buy copy cards at the Rotunda information service point and USB memory sticks at the Northern hall information service point.
The National Library of Finland records all Finnish publishing operations into its collections. These books, journals, series, sheet music and maps donated as legal copies will be saved into the collections of the six Finnish so-called legal deposit libraries. Newspapers and sound and video recordings are only kept in the National Library of Finland, while ephemera materials are also kept in the University of Turku's library. Copyrighted materials are available for customer use of the separate legal deposit workstations.
Through the legal deposit workstations, you have an access to Finnish online archive, the radio and TV archive maintained by the National Audiovisual Institute (RTVA), electronic materials donated in accordance with the Cultural materials act (1433/2007) as well as copyrighted, digitised journals from 1911–1944 and newspapers from 1911-1917.
The materials available through the legal deposit workstations can be read, listened and watched. Digital copies cannot be taken of their content. Instead, the materials can be filmed directly from the screen and recorded through the speakers. Internet pages, electronic books and digitised journals can be printed. Printing is subject to a charge.
The workstations do not have Internet access. They are equipped with the standard office software, but the files cannot be saved on a customer's own memory device or sent by email. Bringing your own laptop could make your work easier.
The National Library of Finland has nine legal deposit workstations: six in the journal room (North Hall), one in the Music Library, one in the Special Collections Reading Room and one in the Slavonic Library. The workstation in the Music Library is equipped with loudspeakers. Earphones can be used in other workstations. All workstations enable printing on paper.
National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI homepage)