You will need a National 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 National Library card?

National 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.

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How can I get a National 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 library card in a few minutes. You will also receive the library's conditions of use.

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

If a visiting researcher of the University of Helsinki does not have a Finnish personal identification number, a representative of the department can apply for a National Library card using this e-form.

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. More information on client register data.

The more detailed conditions of use of the National Library card are available on the rules of the National Library.