Latest answers

Question Reads Rating Answered Open Answer
I have so much books in my language “sinhala” . I’m from Sri Lanka. How can I donate my books 3 20.9.2023 Please contact to Multilingual Library Contact info: Email: monikielinen.kirjasto@hel.fi Customer service: 09 3108 5402 https://www.helmet.fi/en-US/Libraries_and_services/Multilingual_Library…
Guidelines for services to teens (12-18) in public libraries in Finland. 4 20.9.2023 Services for teens differs between Public libraries in Finland.  In the Public Libraries Act (1492/2016) it says, that public libraries are tasked with: 1) providing access to materials, information and cultural contents; 2) maintaining versatile and up-to-date collections; 3) promoting reading and literature; 4) providing information services, guidance and support in the acquisition and use of information and in versatile literacy skills; 5) providing premises for learning, recreational activities, working, and civic activities; 6) promoting social and cultural dialogue. These services are of course aimed at teens also and very often libraries co-operate with schools to provide these services for teens. It is very common that a librarian…
I'm Vietnamese and I'm living in Jyvaskyla. I would like to request some books in vietnamese but I don't know how to search the list of them. Could you please… 8 13.9.2023 Good morning! There is Multilingual Library in Helsinki. Multilingual collection contains library material for adults, young people and children in more than 80 rarer languages. Here is the link to the library: https://www.libraries.fi/multilingual-library You can browse the collection yourself and choose the books you want. Then you can send the list of those books as a request for interlibary service . Email address of interlibrary service  is kaukopalvelu@jyvaskyla.fi    
I live in Korso, Vantaa. Does anyone want good used (mostly) novels in English? Soft- and hardback. 5 11.9.2023 The Lumo library in Korso has a book recycling point in the Lumo building's lobby. The instructions are as follows: "Recycling point for books brought in by customers. Bring up to five books at a time. You can take as many as you like." There is also a book recycling point in the lobby of the Korso shopping centre (the one with the S-Market, a flower shop and others). In addition to these, the capital area recycling centres often take books.   Contact information: Lumo Libraryhttps://www.helmet.fi/en-US/Libraries_and_services/Lumo_Library Capital area recycling centre (Kierrätyskeskus)https://www.kierratyskeskus.fi/in_english
Dear librarian, Hope you are having a nice day! I'm Owein, a third year bachelor student at Aalto University in the department of Design and architecture. I'm… 6 11.9.2023 Helmet-libraries have the following books about Tapiola in English: Tapiola : life and architecture / Timo Tuomi (editor), Rakennustieto, 2003, isbn 9516827195 Tapiola : a history and architectural guide / Timo Tuomi, Espoo City Museum, 1992, isbn 9518572046 Building a new town : Finland's new garden city : Tapiola / Heikki von Hertzen and Paul D. Spreiregen, MIT Press, 1974, isbn 0262220180 (only available to use in the Pasila library) Tapiola : the garden city = Tapiola - puutarhakaupunki / Uolevi Itkonen, Liisa Immonen, Kirjayhtymä, 1986, isbn 9512630214 When searching other libraries databases, for. ex. Finna.fi, I recommend you use search words arkkitehtuuri or kaupunkisuunnittelu and Tapiola. Espoo City Museum may have other…
Is there any place for the citizens to borrow the books in addition to the public/school libraries? For example, Japan, is a bit complicated. Most of community… 4 7.9.2023 Many other libraries in Finland are also open for general public: National Library, University libraries, many special libraries (e.g Library of Parliament, Library of the Genealogical society in Finland - though only refence, Migration Institute of Finland etc.), so, no, it is not correct to say that people lend books only in public or school libraries, many use the services of other libraries too. In addition it is of course possible that you can borrow books in clubs and organisations you are a member of (e.g. student organisations). You can browse Finnish Libraries in our Library Directory.
My family has recently arrived in Finland and we do not yet have personal identification numbers. The library registration form asks for this number - is it… 5 4.9.2023 If you do not have finnish personal identification number your library card will be valid for one year.
Do you have blood pressure measurement tools for borrowing? 4 29.8.2023 Yes, in some Helmet libraries. You can search blood pressure measurement devices from Helmet with key word "verenpainemittari". Locations and availabilities you see from the results. It´s not possible to make an online request, but you can contact the library and ask the staff. More information you find online Helmet.fi  
How can I practice speaking in Finnish? 10 29.8.2023 The best way would be to participate in a Finnish course or a Finnish Club. You could try to find out if there is such activity in your home region. Here is a list of Suomi-koulut, your can check if you find help there, https://suomikoulut.fi/mika-on-suomi-koulu/maailmalla-toimivat-suomi-ko…. You could also search for Finnish Courses online. Here is a collection of webmaterial for Finnish Studies, https://www.makupalat.fi/fi/k/all/hae?f%5B0%5D=field_asiasanat%3A66571&…. 
Tietääkö kukaan vanha suomalainen tarina "KAUKAINEN SAARI" (Toivo Pekkanen), ja onko teillä Englanninkielinen käännös? Kiitos paljon! 🇫🇮 10 10.7.2023 "Kaukaisesta saaresta" on ilmestynyt Lola Rogersin englanninnos "The Faraway Island" julkaisun Books from Finland numerossa 1/2007. Käännöksen voi lukea täällä.
How can I donate some to the Pasila library? 21 28.6.2023 Libraries, except Central Library Oodi, accept material donations according to their needs. Libraries reserve the right to further channel the donations e.g. to recycling shelves from where customers can take books for themselves. Feel free to contact the Pasila Library on the matter.  You find conctact information online at Helmet.fi: Pasila Library | Helmet
When was Jyväskylä established or founded? Our family is coming for a sukujuhla from the USA on August 26th. 12 20.6.2023 The City of Jyväskylä was founded on 22 March 1837, when Emperor of Russia and Grand Duke of Finland, Nicholas I of Russia, signed the charter of the city. Jyväskylä - Wikipedia
I am writing with a great request. I am looking for the author and the title of the book I was reading in the Helsinki library while preparing materials for my… 19 8.6.2023 The pages are from Björn Collinders book The Lapps (Princeton University Press, New York, 1949).  You find the book in digital form in Internet Archive. https://archive.org/details/lapps0000coll/page/n3/mode/2up https://archive.org/ https://finna.fi/Record/jykdok.1197473?sid=2999570253
Is there an exclusive repertoire, catalog or repository of illustrated albums for adults? 21 29.5.2023 Hello, I am afraid Vieremä library does not participate in the Ask a Librarian service. Try to contact the library directly by email or phone. Contact details: https://rutakko.verkkokirjasto.fi/en/-/viereman-kunnankirjasto You can search for material in the collections of Rutakko libaries, which includes Vieremä, here.
Error when placing a reservation on a book. Only today. Last week the function was fine. Varaa Toiminto estetty. Ole hyvä ja ota yhteyttä kirjaston… 16 5.5.2023 I recommend giving feedback about this situation via Helmet Libraries feedback. https://www.helmet.fi/en-US/Feedback(7234)  
I have the plastic library card for the Helsinki library. I saw that some people have their library card on their phone. How does that work? Can I also get… 35 28.4.2023 Taskukirjasto (Pocket Library) is a mobile application for customers of the Helmet library. Taskukirjasto does not replace plastic library card but can be used alongside it. Taskukirjasto has your library card's bar code. Taskukirjasto application is free of charge and available for Android and iOS mobile devices. You can download Taskukirjasto from app stores. This year Helmet libraries are renewing their online and mobile services. Taskukirjasto app can be used until a new system replaces it.  https://www.helmet.fi/en-US/eLibrary/Taskukirjasto/Taskukirjasto(5378)
How can I cancel the library card/membership of a child. I want to do it temporarily because she just doesn’t move out of couch! Reading is good habit that I… 59 26.4.2023 There are a few choices to prevent a person borrowing books from library, although as a librarian I cannot recommend canceling child's library card and I have no knowledge of a precedent. Also library must act according to library regulations and there is no mention of restrictions for if a person reads too much. As you say, reading is a good habit! I presume the child is under 15 years old? First comes to mind that without library's interference maybe you could just simply take the card and keep it to yourself for the time being. In case the child has Taskukirjasto (Pocket Library app) which one can use as a library card, it is a bit trickier. You'll have to unload the app from his/her phone. Technically, library card can be locked or…
I live in Turku and do not come to Helsinki often. Can I still be Helmet´s customer? I want e services only? 36 20.4.2023 You don't have to live in Helmet-area (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa or Kauniainen), but You need to have an address in Finland to get a library card. You can obtain a library card and PIN code from any Helmet library by providing your address and presenting a valid ID card with a photograph and personal identity number accepted by the library.  If you are 15 years old, you can save your own personal details in customer register in advance by filling the form by clicking the link below. You will get your library card quicker by filling the registration form beforehand. Once you have saved your personal details, you can pick up your library card from any Helmet library. Take a valid ID card with you. If you do not pick up your library card…
A book combining fact and fiction 24 3.4.2023 Vastattu myöhemmin tulleeseen kysymykseen.
A uncle to my dad recently passed away, and I'm trying to find an old article about him that he was very proud of. I wonder if you can point me in a direction… 35 28.3.2023 Unfortunately we could not find the article in question. In the book Laukkonen, Ilmari: Teräs Oy 1910-1982 the strike was not mentioned. Regional newspapers of that time can be read by microfilms in Vaasa city library. Unfortunately it is not possible to search any specific article.