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History

In the beginning of 2010, the science and faculty libraries of the University of Helsinki were united as Helsinki University Library (HULib). The library operates in four campus libraries. The library has centralised its administration and support services.

Helsinki University Library has operated as an independent institute of the university since January 1st 2010.

The development stages of the library at the University of Helsinki 1993—2012

The rise of campus libraries

The City Centre Campus Library was created January 1st 2012 from the libraries of five faculties – the Faculties of Arts, Behavioural Sciences, Law, Theology, and Social Sciences – and the Undergraduate Library. Apart from the Minerva library of behavioural sciences, which still operates on Siltavuorenpenger, all of the libraries moved to Kaisa House completed in 2012.

The Kumpula Campus Library began operation on March 3rd 2001 as the Kumpula Science Library in the Physicum building that was completed in the Kumpula Campus. The library was formed by merging, at first, the department libraries of chemistry, geography, geology, geophysics, meteorology, and physics. The libraries of mathematics and statistics, computer sciences, and seismology continued as individual sites before moving to the new science library in the spring of 2004. In 2009, also the astronomy collections of the Observatory Library moved to Kumpula.

The Meilahti Campus Library Terkko began operations as the Central Medical Library  in the beginning of 1966. The name of the library was changed to the National Library of Health Sciences in the beginning of 1992. In the beginning of 1999 the library was incorporated as part of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Helsinki. On January 1st 2010, Terkko became a Campus Library of Helsinki University Library.

The Viikki Campus Library began operations on September 1st 1999 as the Viikki Science Library, which was formed from the Agricultural Library, the Forest Library, the Natural Sciences Library, the Biocenter Library, and the Library of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Helsinki. By 2005 they were all under the same roof in the Info Centre Korona in Viikki. The Viikki Science Library has also grown through materials from department libraries of the Viikki Campus as well as from the libraries of the Departments of Zoology, Botany, and Animal Physiology of the Faculty of Science.