The National Library has workstations which can be granted on application to researchers for long-term research work.

The National Library has reserach carrels which can be granted on application to researchers for long-term research work. Such research carrels include:

  • Researcher carrels in the General Reading Room (20 research carrels)
  • Researcher carrels in the Fennica Reading Room (4 research carrels)
  • Researcher shelves in the Fennica Reading Room (30 shelves)
  • Researcher carrels in the Slavonic Library (4 research carrels)

The research carrels and shelves are free of charge.

Who can apply for a researcher carrels and how can I apply?

The researcher carrels are open to all researchers in Finland. The criteria for selection include:

  • The researcher’s need of the resources of the National Library (especially material restricted to reading room loans)
  • The researcher’s current working conditions or lack thereof
  • The weekly amount of time the researcher would use the workstation

Applications will be accepted twice a year, in May and November-December, via an online application form (next application period started 1st of Dec 2016, and successful applicants will be notified by 28th of December 2016). Researchers can be assigned a carrel or a shelf for one six-month period at a time. A contract will be concluded for the use of a researcher carrel. Occasionally carrels may become available between application periods, in which case interested researchers should direct their inquiries to our customer service (kk-palvelu(at)helsinki.fi), which can also provide additional information on the researcher carrels.

Please note that researcher carrels in the Slavonic Library are granted for shorter periods in the spring and autumn. In the summer, the carrels are available primarily for international researchers and can be reserved by contacting the Slavonic Library at (kk-slav(at)helsinki.fi).

For what kind of work are the different researcher facilities suited?

Researcher carrels in the General Reading Room

The researcher carrels in the General Reading Room are particularly well suited for researchers who need National Library material which is available only for reading room loan. The material will be deposited onto the researcher’s own shelf in the General Reading Room. Material from the Fennica and other special collections cannot be delivered to the General Reading Room. Every recipient of a researcher carrels (20 in total) has approximately two metres of shelf space at their disposal. Eight of the researcher carrels are equipped with a rolling cabinet for storing personal items. In addition to the reservable researcher carrels, the General Reading Room has 12 reader desks.

Researcher carrels in the Fennica Reading Room

The researcher carrels in the Fennica Reading Room are intended primarily for researchers who need to use material from the National Collection which can be delivered to the Reading Room. Each researcher carrel comes with a desk and a rolling cabinet. The researcher carrel is accessible only during the opening hours of the Fennica Reading Room.

Researches shelves in the Fennica Reading Room

Like the researcher carrels, the researcher shelves in the Fennica Reading Room are intended primarily for researchers who use material from the National Collection. A researcher shelf can fit approximately 80 cm’s worth of reading room loans and personal reading material, which can be stored on the shelf for the duration of the reserved term. The researcher must ensure that any reading room loans are renewed on time. The researcher is also personally responsible for personal reading material stored on the shelf.

Researcher carrels at the Slavonic Library

The researcher carrels in the Slavonic Library are intended primarily for researchers using the Slavonic Library’s reading room loans and its open access collection. The research carrels are equipped with lockable drawers and provide researchers with the opportunity to store their reading room loans on their desk and shelves. More information about researcher carrels in the Slavonic Library can be requested via email from kk-slav(at)helsinki.fi.