The National Library of Finland helps libraries to review and develop their own services by providing them with various tools intended for evaluating library operations and their impact.
The Finnish Research Library Statistics Database (KITT) built by the National Library of Finland publishes the annual statistics of Finnish research libraries, in accordance with the international ISO 2789 library statistics standard. The Research Library Statistics Database gives an overview of the resources, collections and services of Finnish research libraries.
End user surveys are surveys related to the use of library services which are directed at the library customers. Regular surveys will give information on the use of libraries and the development trends of customer satisfaction and also help to assess and develop library operations. A joint, shared survey enables national and international comparisons.
We can digitise materials by the National Library of Finland or materials provided by the customer for our customers. We are specialised in the digitisation of large collections as well as materials in poor condition and requiring careful handling. For digitising materials subject to a copyright, we require the right owner's consent. We promote the production of digital materials by making partnerships with magazine publishing houses, for example.
We provide the National Library of Finland's digital historical journals and ephemera through the digi.kansalliskirjasto.fi, i.e. Digi, service. Materials that are not subject to copyright are available for all, and those subject to copyright can only be used through the customer terminals of the legal deposit libraries. The Digi service also holds the scientific journals selected for the Peri+ service, which are available in the contract libraries.
We offer paper material conservation services, guidance on preservation and consultation in the field as preservation services. For libraries we distribute the microfilm copies of newspapers, for example.
System platform services maintained by the National Library of Finland are Finna, Finto and Nelli as well as publication archive and library system services.
The National Library of Finland offers Finnish archives, libraries and museums the opportunity to upload their materials into the national Finna service available at Finna.fi. Additionally, Finna's member organisations may use the tools provided by Finna to create their own customer interface online.
Finna is a centralised ontology and glossary service maintained by the National Library of Finland, which enables the browsing and publishing of glossaries. The service also offers interfaces for utilising the glossaries and ontologies in other software.
The publication archives services of the National Library of Finland offers support for the online publication of digital materials. The basic service offers tools for entering, , managing and publishing materials.
The Library System Service coordinates the procurement and use of a library system and its server environment on behalf of the system consortia.
Fennica - the Finnish National Bibliography is a database dedicated to Finnish publication activities. The database in based on the materials provided pursuant to provisions in the Act on Collecting and Preserving Cultural Materials (Laki kulttuuriaineistojen tallettamisesta ja säilyttämisestä1433/2007) and it complies with international recommendations on national bibliographies.
Viola is the Finnish national discography and the national bibliography of sheet music.
The licensing services offered by the National Library of Finland are FinELib, Elektra and Peri+.
The FinELib consortium procures centrally electronic materials for its member organisations. The FinELib office working within the National Library of Finland negotiates the licensing of e-materials on behalf of consortium members. FinELib consortium also promotes the use and availability of e-materials with various development projects.
The National Library of Finland has two publishing services: Elektra for electronic documents and Peri+, which offers old scientific journals. These services are produced in cooperation with Kopiosto.
Europeana Formula service allows Finnish archives, libraries and museums to submit metadata on their materials in the pan-European digital cultural heritage portal, Europeana (europeana.eu). The National Library of Finland supervises organisations, which have the agreement, in what kind of background work is involved in exporting the metadata.
In Finnish Voyager libraries, extracting records from other than Finnish Voyager databases is done with the help of BookWhere and USEMARCON software. USEMARCON is a conversion programme that converts the extracted records into the correct format and character set before they are saved into the database.
The National Library of Finland is in charge of maintaining three information reserves, Melina, Arto and Juuli.
Melinda is a national metadata reserve, which collects the descriptive metadata of library materials into one place.
ARTO is the reference database and metadata reserve of Finnish periodical and monograph articles. In addition to ARTO's own interface, its data can be searched through Finna and, with the help of interfaces, they can be utilised for publication data collection of higher education institutes, for example.
Juuli publication information portalis meant for browsing and searching publication information of Finnish research organisations. The reference data in Juuli has been collected from the research databases of Finnish higher education institutes.
The National Library of Finland maintains and develops services to facilitate the data description of libraries.
The National Library of Finland offers training and guidance in the use of various formats such as MARC 21, ONIX and Dublin Core and maintains the Finnish instructions of these formats.
The National Library of Finland also maintains subject indexes, ontologies and other glossaries that help with the subject indexing of the materials and facilitate information search.
The description standard service gives instructions on how the rules are applied to the description of library materials. The description standards applied in Finland are RDA and ISBD.
The purpose of the international ISIL standard identifier systemis to determine and promote the use of standard identifiers in order to recognise libraries and similar organisations in an unambiguous and machine-readable manner. In Finland, the National Library of Finland is in charge of distributing the standard identifiers.
Duties of the National Library of Finland include collecting Finnish publications in cooperation with the publishing industry. The collecting includes printed publications, sound and other recordings, digital publications, and other online material. This is based on the Act on Collecting and Preserving Cultural Materials 1433/2007 (available in Finnish and Swedish).
The purpose of the service is to preserve national cultural materials and make them available to the public today and in the future. Legal deposit collections also include material that would otherwise quickly become unavailable or that other libraries do not collect. The Ministry of Education has defined the National Library’s collections as one of the key national research infrastructures