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My last name is Mantta with the dots over the a’s. What is it’s meaning? Thanks 172 26.8.2020 The name Mänttä is also an old place name, which is nowadays a town in Finland. The place name Mänttä comes from an old house which Tuomas Niilonpoika Mäntsä (1570–1618) founded in Keuruskoski in the wilderness of Sääksmäki: I found two different theories about the name's meaning. One theory is that the word is derived from old Swedish word "mäntare", which means person who process leather or does tanning. So it is possible that the first person with that name was a professional tanner. Other theory is that it might derive from German name Menze. Tuomas Niilonpoika Mäntsä (Mänttä)'s family has their own society, which might interest you also: References: Mikkonen…
What is the origin of the family name Liimakka? 258 25.8.2020 Family name Liimakka is an unusual name in Finland. According to the name service (Nimipalvelu)  of The Digital and Population Data Services Agency service there is or has been only 79 people named Liimakka in Finland: Unfortunately we didn't find the origin of the name.
I conduct research into the sustainability of library books in Europe. Could you inform me about the prevailing opinion in Finland about the… 128 18.8.2020 Thank you for your enquiry. There are no national guidelines for laminating the book in Finland. Every municipal library can decide individually about the ways of laminating or protecting the book. In Helmet libraries (municipal library for Helsinki metropolitan area) laminating is done by the supplier. That is part of the deal with the supplier. At the moment, Kuopio city library (in Eastern Finland) in experimenting with non-laminated books. The idea is to experiment how the books will last without lamination in the normal library circulation. The goal of the experiment is to lead Finnish libraries into more sustainable ways of producing and handling library material. We can expect results from the experiment after two years from now.
I have been a long-term resident of Helsinki but this autumn, I will be moving to North Karelia. Am I still allowed to borrow ebooks from Helsinki libraries? I… 90 12.8.2020 You are allowed to use Helmet library, also the e-books, even if you're moving into another city in Finland. If you don't use your library card for three years, your information will be ejected from Helmet system. If possible, you should visit some Helmet library with your library card and ID to correct your address information.
I am able to find the book "China business culture: strategies for success" (ISBN 9810487045) from Yuan Wang in the Helmet websearch, however neither can I… 67 11.8.2020 The book is not available, it is catalogued to our system, but we don't have a single copy of it. You can make a request for inter library loan: Note that it costs 7 € in that way.
I would love to know if there are 24h reading rooms in any libraries of Helsinki. Even if it is a paid option, it would be still very nice to know. As I am… 413 10.8.2020 This is helas not possible in the metropolitan area public libraries nor Helsinki university library. I did'nt find other libraries either that would have night opening hours. The self-service usually begins at 8 in the morning, in Espoo several libraries open at 7 and close 22,  Haukilahti,  Karhusuo, Kauklahti, Laajalahti, Laaksolahti, Nöykkiö, Otaniemi, Suurpelto ja Viherlaakso. Suomenlinna opens at 6. University libraries open 8,…
I want to read newspapers and magazines on my smartphone. I downloaded the app PressReader and signed in with my Helmet account. But there is a time limit of… 123 27.7.2020 It seems that you have not logged in to the system in the correct way, because there is no time limit for the customers of Helmet libraries. To do it correctly, first click the link "Sign in", then choose Helmet Library from the drop-down menu, and then log in with your library card number and PIN-code. The contents of Flipster and PressReader differ from each other. Therefore, in order to get the whole benefit, please use both services.    
I would like to know the statistics of the Newspapers and Magazines in the system are the the the number of title? or the unit ? 83 21.7.2020 In the Finnish Public Library Statistics the number is the number of titles, that is different magazines and newspapers that are offered to the customers,,375&years=2019&stats=108
I need a book called: Teaching reading in mathematics by Mary Barton. Are there any exemplaries in Helsinki's libraries? All good, Kelly Sule 63 7.7.2020 Unfortunately this book is not in any libraries in Helsinki or even in Finnish libraries anywhere. From the database WorldCat you can see libraries which has this book in their collections:
Dear Librarian, I have returned the books that I had borrowed. Why they are not cleared from my account and I need to pay for them? This has happened quite a… 151 6.7.2020 Hi!  I am deeply sorry that your returning progress hasn´t been working as it should. I recommend you to call to your local library and find out what happened there. Here we don´t solve out client´s loaning and returning issues because of the information security.  All libraries have machines where you can borrow and return your loans. Librarians will advice you more about these things at your local library. You can check information, locations and phone numbers from libraries here: 
How can i access chat on helmet website? please tell me qiuckly :( I don't have much time.. 154 23.6.2020 I'm sorry for answering you so late. Helmet chat comes into view just when it's open. In this summer the opening hours are mon-thur 12-17 and fri 12-16:
Denmark has www. Sweden has Norway has Does an equivalent "open search" ( in Swedish ) exist covering Finland? 522 15.6.2020 Hi! In Finland we have: (in Finnish) You can search for example Swedish names but the search language is Finnish (in Finnish) This search service is like Fonecta only in Finnish but you can even here search for example Swedish names and for  Åland Islands (in Swedish)
About using valid ID card for applying library card, is this type of ID card valid (see link below)? My daughter was rejected by using her ID card when… 97 12.6.2020 Any photo ID that s issued by police is enough when applying library card. Passport, ID card of any EU country (the one you linked), Finnish driving license and Kela card with photo are all valid. Here is the Helmet listing about valid ID:s. Children under 15 need a written consent of their guardian when applying library card. Read more at Helmet Library user regulations. 
I have been studied about Finland's Mobile library. Do mobile libraries visit schools and daycare centers almost every day? Specifically, how often? Thank you… 78 4.6.2020 Finnish libraries are in that way independent that their mobile libraries have own time tables and schedules. That means that they can have very different resources and that every mobile library does not circulate every day. If you want to study the activities or timetables of mobile libraries, you can find them here, It is possible however that not every library has included opening hours and routes of their mobile services here. In that case you can ask the library in question, the contact information can be found in the same directory. This kind of information can't be found in our statistic database,  Mobile libraries have an own site, …
Help! I am from South Korea and I am studying about Finland's mobile library. I want to know something. Q. How many Finnish people use the mobile library for a… 108 29.5.2020 1. Loans from mobile libraries 6 229 346 year 2019, We can't individualize persons who use mobile libraries, because the library card is use in all the service points of the library in the city or municipality, for example if you have a library card to Helmet (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen city libraries), you can use it in every service point of the city libraries in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen including mobile libraries. 2. In Finland we have had a mobile library system for so long, that people see it as a normal part of the library. We have also long distancies in almost every other part of the country than the south, in many parts of…
I lost my libary card. Is it possible to have a new one and how is the fee? Thank you 78 22.5.2020 It is of utmost importance that you report the loss of your library card immediately to any Helmet library. For information see You are not responsible for the loans that have been checked out on your card after you have reported the card lost, but until you report the loss of your library card you may be held responsible. A new card is liable to charge. Information on libray cards and all costs can be found on>Info>Using the library.  
Is there any libraries in Finland that have a gaming room outfitted with 10+ gaming PCs? Thank you 236 22.5.2020 There are in Helsinki Central Library Oodi three rooms with console games and one game room with gaming computers. In these rooms there are 14 gaming computers. More information here: Obviously it is the only library with 10+ gaming PCs.  
How many Finnish people use the mobile library for a year in 2019? Or, what is the usage rate of the mobile library for a year in 2019? Please let me know only… 84 20.5.2020 The mobile library in Helsinki had 91322 visitors in 2019 according to newly computed statistics. For detailed information please contact the Mobile library.… Nationwide library statistics can be found at 
Looking for a verse to put in the Anniversary card I’m making for my wife, and I need it in english please. 97 19.5.2020 Maybe these websites might be helpful for you:…      
I want a book about nursing services, and about the CCU section. 112 7.5.2020 Here below you can see all books about nursing (hoitotyö) in Rutakko libraries. Most of them are unfortunately in Finnish. There are some books about heart diseases and children:…