You will need a Helka library card, if you want to order materials for home or reading room loans from the closed storage of our library or loan works from our open collections.

Using the customer premises of the National Library of Finland and the materials from the open collections and the reference library in the reading rooms does not require a library card.

Who can get a Helka library card?

Helka library card can be granted to a person, who:

  • is over 15 years of age
  • lives in Finland (P.O. Box, poste restante or foreign addresses are not valid)
  • has a Finnish personal identification number.

Foreigners living in Finland can apply for the identification number from their local register office.

Exchange students of the University of Helsinki or visiting researchers may be granted the library card even if they do not meet all the above-mentioned criteria.

Local Register Offices (maistraatti.fi)

How can I get a Helka library card?

Bring a personal identity card with a photo (driver's license, passport or official identity card) with you to our library's customer service and you can get your Helka card in a few minutes. You will also receive the library's conditions of use.

The first Helka library card is free of charge, but ordering a new card to replace a lost or damaged card will cost €5.

How will you use the personal information given to you?

The customer data is only used for the library services and for managing the loans and orders of the materials.

The more detailed conditions of use of the Helka library card are available on the pages of the Helka database.

More information on the Helka card (helka.linneanet.fi)