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I will leave Helsinki/Finland for 2 months from the next month. During that trip, I would like to bring some books but the maximum loan time is just 30 days… 16 20.5.2022 The loan period is fixed at 28 days for books, excluding Bestsellers which are 14 days. However, you can renew your loans online before they are due, thus extending the loan time another 28 days. You can renew your loans five times, provided no one else has reserved the books in question. Note that Bestsellers cannot be renewed online. To manage your loans, go to and choose LOGIN. Login with your library card number and PIN code. Choose the loans that you want to renew under Checkouts and click RENEW MARKED.  
Is there any HELMET library where I can borrow a vacuum cleaner? Thank you! 25 4.5.2022 There is none Helmet library which has vacuum cleaner for customers to borrow.
The development of the public libraries in Finland and the Helsinki area: How Finnish libraries came to be spaces for commons? 22 29.4.2022 Modern libraries in Finland, the Helmet area, and Helsinki specifically, have been described as living rooms for the citizens. We loan out various material, but also offer services on location, and organize events for and by the city residents. At a Helmet library one can loan out a blood pressure monitor, a radon meter, or a power drill. At the library you can use a computer, a 3D printer, or a sewing machine. Events vary from reading fairy tales for children, to reading groups, to music and movies. This development has been gradual. While library concerts organized by the library music clubs were crowd magnets already in the 1960s (Laakso 2010, 375), and listening to music with headphones became the most important form of activity in…
I'm an exchange student studying at Diakonia university of applied sciences, and was wondering if I can still get a library card at your library? And if yes… 21 9.3.2022 You can obtain a library card and PIN code from any Helmet library by providing your address and presenting a valid photographic proof of identity with your personal identity code approved by the library. You need to have an address in Finland to get a library card. Library card and loans.
I have just been notified that a book I have reserved has arrived at the library. I am going out of town, so I just cancelled it online. Is there anything else… 53 24.11.2021 If You cancelled Your reservation in HelMet online, that is all You need to do. In case You cancel Your reservation before the pick-up date, You don't have to pay the fee for the uncollected reservation.…
Dear Librarian, I thought that I picked up all the books that I ordered, but noticed that there is a one euro charge on my account, and it seems that I did not… 34 8.11.2021 To pay the fee online, go to At the bottom of the page, you will find Pay online. Click it, then login with your library card number and PIN code. Select the outstanding payment on the list and click Proceed to payment. Alternatively, you can pay the fee in your nearest Helmet library. If you do not pick up the reserved book in time, the reservation is cancelled and the book is returned to its place. You can check the book's current status at and make a new reservation.
I'm a student from Spain and I would like to known if i could borrow some books from a public library of Finland without being a finnish citizen. Thank you for… 52 19.10.2021 Public libraries in Finland usually issue cards also to people who are not permanent residents. You need to have address in Finland. If You are studying in the metropolitan area You can use the services of the HelMet Libraries. You can obtain a HelMet library card and PIN code from any Helmet library by providing your address and presenting a valid photographic proof of identity with your personal identity code approved by the library. You need to have an address in Finland to get a library card. If You don't have the Finnish social security number, the card will be valid for one year. Welcome to HelMet libraries. HelMet library card Accepted identity cards
How can I book the recording studio for tomorrow for few hours? And is it free or how much dose it cost? I’m in Helsinki for only 24h and I don’t have a guitar… 41 12.10.2021 The studios can be reserved via a system called Varaamo,, but these kind of services are very popular and it isn't likely that you can get a room at such a short  notice. You could visit Oodi in the city center and ask if they could help you in any way, since you only are here for one day and Varaamo perhaps doesn't help you. 
Terve! I am taking part in Helmet Reading Challenge 2021 and would like to ask for assistance. Could you recommend a book about an LGBT+ family? Either fiction… 41 22.9.2021 If you are in Helmet-region, following books could be of interest,  This is how it always is / Laurie Frankel. Headline Review 2018. Girl, woman, other / Bernardine Evaristo. Hamish Hamilton 2019. The guncle : a novel / Steven Rowley. G. P. Putnam's Sons [2021] (new book, available at present only as audio). Meet me in another life / Catriona Silvey. HarperCollins 2021 (also new currently only as e-book). These two are coming to the library printed book also. The problem is that if you are using the library in Kajaani, your choices are fewer. None of these books seem to be available in Kainet, I tried to find other material in English there, but did'nt find anything, not even biographies. Everything was in…
I would like to know which classification system you use, and its the same as the other libraries in Finland? Thanks! 57 23.8.2021 Tuusula library uses YKL - Yleisten kirjastojen luokitusjärjelstelmä, in English PLC - Finnish Public Libraries Classification System, It is used in all public libraries except the Helsinki city library, who has it's own classification system, HCLCS - Helsinki City Library Classification System,
I recently saw an article discussing Helmet's plan to transition to bio covers instead of plastic book covers (… 85 29.7.2021 The company which Helsinki libraries use to get bio covers for books is Pelloplast. (This is google translation from original finnish article) “Starting this spring, libraries in the Helsinki metropolitan area will use plant-based bioplastic, which does not contain fossil raw materials, to cover books. The use of more environmentally friendly materials will be introduced as new materials are coated and stocks of old plastic are used up.” “Coating books clearly extends the life of the book and thus reduces the burden on the environment. On the other hand, the use of plastic as a coating is an environmental problem. Until now, the difficulty has been to find a plant-based substitute of sufficient quality…
Multilingual military dictionary 48 3.6.2021 Is this the book you mean: Brassey's multilingual military dictionary = Brassey's dictionaire multilingue militaire = Brassey's diccionario militar (1987)?…  This book is in the collections of some Finnish libraries. You can ask the possibility to make an interlibrary loan from your own library.
I would like to borrow this item: DVD-asema [Esine] + USB-johto + ajurilevy… 45 25.5.2021 This material cannot be booked online or borrowed for home use. Those items can only be used in libraries. The only items are in Oodi and Pasila libraries, but due to current Covid restrictions items are not available for use at the moment.
What services do you provide at home? 39 7.5.2021 Your question is unfortunately hard to comprehend. Can you specify what you mean by services?  
I have a bunch of old "Nature" journals (2018-2019). Can I donate them to the library? 62 28.4.2021 Unfortunately libraries usually can't take old journals. When the libraries will open again normally, You can leave the journals in any ot the libraries, which have a recycling shelf (Kirjakierrätyspiste). You find the list of those libraries here…
Meillä on japaninkielinen Kalevala, josta emme saa selvä julkaisuvuodesta. Liitteessä kuvia kirjasta. Morimoto, Y. (kään.) Kustantamo: Zen Nippon kateikyoiku… 54 9.4.2021 Yasuko Morimoton japaninkielisiä Kalevala-käännöksiä löytyy jonkin verran Suomen kirjastoista, mutta tätä versiota ei näytä löytyvän:… Tämä on otsikkonsa "Karewara (bassui)" perusteella lyhennelmä ja sisältää vain otteen Kalevalasta. Lähettämissänne kuvissa ei ollut mainintaa vuosiluvusta. Ainoa kuvissa näkyvä vuosiluku on Yasuko Morimoton esittelyssä. Siinä kerrotaan että hän on syntynyt 3. maaliskuuta Meiji-aikakauden 35. vuonna eli vuonna 1902.
We are parents with a 5-month-old baby. We are looking for books to read to her. Unfortunately we cannot go to the public library anymore, it would have been… 49 30.3.2021 You can find books for babies in Helmet libraries by the term "paksulehtiset kirjat" (books with thick pages), and then choose books in English language, if you like. You can find them here:… Also a key word "toddlers" could be useful:…  
I want to teach Persian alphabet to my little daughter. How can I order the Persian alphabet game to the library? 66 26.3.2021 You can make an acquisition request by filling in the form below: There are no Persian alphabet games in Helmet Libraries, but with some books You can teach Persian alphabets. You find those book in Helmet search wit words persian kieli aakkoset.  
Dear librarian,we can find the statistical data in different cities in Finnish Public Libraries Statistics Database… 79 2.3.2021 These pages you can find visitors and loans: Choose download at right side so you get excel file.   If you search by word collections you can get different book and other collections.
Dear librarian,Where can I find the annual collections,other services and visit of each library? I know that we can find the statistical visits of Libraries in… 57 23.2.2021 You can find annual visits and collections statistics in Finnish Public Libraries Statistics Database