Service description

Melinda is a data repository currently containing the Finnish national bibliography as well as metadata about the materials in university libraries, most joint libraries and polytechnic libraries under the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Library of Parliament, the National Repository Library and the Library of Statistics. Also metadata from the Tampere City Library - Pirkanmaa Regional Library and the Kokkola City Library - Regional Library databases is included.

Libraries included in Melinda describe their materials in the data repository in compliance with shared description rules and guidelines while simultaneously utilising authorised metadata and shared tools.The libraries use shared metadata produced in Melinda, for example, in their own databases.

As a rule, Melinda contains all materials of the participating libraries.The libraries have described final theses and electronic material packages in accordance with their own practices and license terms.

Joining the service
  • Joining the service requires a contract
Contact information
Service address
Background information

Melinda and its predecessor union catalogue LINDA is the oldest service offered by the National Library of Finland to the library network.It is based on the automation of cataloguing commenced in the 1970s by the IT unit of Research Libraries.The unit was a project of the Ministry of Education and Culture from the 1970s to early-1990s.The unit was transferred to the National Library, then Helsinki University Library, in 1993.LINDA was opened for online information retrieval in 1993–94.

The National Metadata Repository Project has brought polytechnics under the Ministry of Education and Culture in as new information providers.The first public libraries in the system are the Tampere City Library–Pirkanmaa regional library and Kokkola City Library–regional library. Melinda will gradually become the shared metadata repository for all Finnish libraries.

Service users
  • Organisations
  • Enterprises
  • Private individuals
Steering responsibility

The National Library of Finland

Organisation model
  • Networking
  • Service is developed as part of basic operation of National Library
Index terms: 
Key words
  • kansallinen metatietovaranto
  • yhteistietokanta