Latest answers

Question Reads Rating Answered Open Answer
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… 110 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
I need games that help me to study Suomi language, like 'missä, mistä, mihin' or any game like this, how can I find them in the library?or request them from… 68 19.10.2021 There is a few board games in Helmet Libraries which help you to study Finnish. For example: Suupaltti : lautapeli suomen opiskelijoille / pelin suunnittelu Krista Keisu & Hanna Paloneva ; ulkoasu ja kuvitus Matti Mitroshin Suomen mestarin sanapeli : sanastoa kasvattava korttipeli kielenopiskelun tueksi
What does self service mean in regards to open hours? 114 18.10.2021 During the self-service hours, there is no staff in the library but the premises are monitored using technology like cameras. In a self-service library, you can borrow and return materials, use customer computers, read magazines and newspapers, work or have meetings. A wireless network is available. The staff service hours and self-service hours are listed on each library’s website. Hämeenlinna main library, Hauho and Nummi libraries in Hämeenlinna and Tervakoski library in Janakkala have self-service hours. You will need Vanamo library card and pin code to get into these libraries. You have to log in with the entrance unit at the main door.  All our customers over 15 years of age are able to use Hämeenlinna main library during the self-…
I am looking for family history records I can access online. Are there any free sites in Finland where I can look up family records? To start I am looking for… 57 13.10.2021 Documents older than 100 years are digitised by the National Archives of Finland.  For newer documents, you need to ask from the church registry from the right parish. The Geneological Society of Finland has tips on their website. Have you tried sites like MyHeritage or Geni yet? Perhaps a relative has already started a research on your family.  Good luck and hope you find your relatives!
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… 74 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… 78 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 wish to donate some English-language scholarly books (film, theater) to your library. Please tell me how to do this. I am a legal resident of Filnland,… 67 8.9.2021 You have gotten the answer from my colleague. So we are waiting for books.
My daughter is learning the piano. Would it be possible for her to play the piano at the library? 75 3.9.2021 Yes it is possible to book the music room of Turku main library. The booking is made through this website:  You need to log in with your library card and password.
I would like to ask if its possible to return a book in Vaasa Vaasa library when i borrowed it in Helsinki. 46 30.8.2021 Unfortunately it is not possible to return a book borrowed in Helsinki to Vaasa library. You have to send the book to Helsinki library by yourself.
I would like to know which classification system you use, and its the same as the other libraries in Finland? Thanks! 137 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 am new to Finland and got the information that the library has common closed spaces to practice dance. I was interested to know which room… 93 4.8.2021 Unfortunately, libraries do not have closed spaces suitable for dancing. (We will be happy to take performances on our stages when Covid is over.) The facilities in Varaamo are for musicians and singers. Schools have bookable spaces to suit the wider movement. (This page is only available in Finnish.) You can ask more at
I recently saw an article discussing Helmet's plan to transition to bio covers instead of plastic book covers (… 126 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…
Working in Finnish Libraries 200 24.7.2021 Thank you for message. I asked from my work colleague for information regarding this matter, as he moved from Australia to Finland many years ago.  As I work for Espoo Libraries, I can only speak on behalf of our libraries. However, the library systems in Helsinki and Kerava are very similar. It is quite difficult to work in Finnish libraries without at least a working knowledge of Finnish. However, it's not impossible. I would suggest that you contact the libraries directly that you are interested in working in, and see if you can organise a work placement there. That way, they can see your working ability without any risk to them, and may be able to offer you a contract afterwards. Also, if you move to Finland, then you will have the…
Team, Good Morning. We are new to Finland and am interested to borrow some story books from Library for my kids as they would like to go read stories etc. Can… 52 8.7.2021 Here is what our rules say about the question: Wellcome!
I am an experienced librarian with masters qualification from abroad. I am moving to Finland. Is there a professional society for librarians in Finland? I am… 60 6.7.2021 Hello When it comes to getting your degree recognized in Finland you need to be in contact with the Finnish National Agency for Education.  When it comes to your question about a professional organisation I suggest to look into the Finnish Library Association and ask for help there.
So I accidentally spilled coffee on the table and hit the book I borrowed from the library. What do I do? 296 4.6.2021 Sounds like you have to replace the book. Each book has its own price and ranges from around 9 € to 450 €. Usually the price is around 25€. You can also replace the book with another similar one.
Multilingual military dictionary 93 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.
Tietoja kirjojen lainausmääristä löytyy, mutta onko mihinkään koottu tietoja kirjastojen varattavien esineiden lainausmääristä kunnittain? 87 27.5.2021 Esineitä ei tilastoida erikseen Suomen yleisten kirjastojen tilastoihin Suomen yleisten kirjastojen tilastot ( vaan ne sisältyvät muut aineistot -kategoriaan, johon sisältyvät myös esim. digitaaliset pelit ja moniviestimet. Vaski-kirjastojen osalta voimme antaa seuraavat luvut: kaikkien Vaski-kirjastojen esinelainaus: 2018                    10851 2019                    11527 2020                    7727 2021                    2964 Vaski-kirjastoihin kuuluvat Kaarinan, Kustavin, Laitilan, Liedon, Maskun, Mynämäen, Naantalin, Nousiaisen, Paimion, Pyhärannan, Raision, Ruskon, Salon, Sauvon, Taivassalon, Turun, Uudenkaupungin ja Vehmaan kirjastot. erikseen Turku: 2018                    8396 2019                   …
I would like to borrow this item: DVD-asema [Esine] + USB-johto + ajurilevy… 78 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.
I have lost my library card, and Pin id, would like to get a new one. How can I get a new one? 63 18.5.2021 It´s necessary in this case to visit your Library, you´ll get there your new card and PIN-code. Welcome to any of our Libraries. Take tour ID-card with you.