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Return a Loan

Returning material

Material from the Helsinki University Library may be returned to all the Library sites (Kumpula, Main Library, Meilahti, Ruskeasuo, Viikki). Material from other Helka libraries (e.g. from the library at the Finnish Literature Society or the library at the Institute for the Languages of Finland), cannot be returned to the Helsinki University Library.

Overdue fines for the different collections at the Helsinki University Library

If you return or renew your loans late, overdue fines will be collected.

Fines accrue for a maximum of 14 days, after which you will be denied permission to borrow material.

28 day loans

€0.30/day
maximum €4.20/book

Textbooks 7 days, 14 days and 28 days

€0.70/day
maximum €9.80/book

Night and short term loans

€2.00/day
maximum €28.00/book

Soc&Kom reading room loan

€2.00/day
maximum €28.00/book 

Overdue fines will start to accumulate on the day after the due date and can be seen on your customer account in Helka. You can pay the fines once you have renewed or returned the overdue books.  

The Helsinki University Staff will be charged only for the fees of textbooks and short loans.

The National Library has its own price list for services.

After-hours returns and return boxes 

At the Main Library Kaisa House there is an overnight return machine close to the main entrance (Fabianinkatu 30). The books will be registered as returned on the following working day. Books from all the library sites can be returned.  Every evening there is a service break for about half an hour starting at 10 p.m. - during this break it is not possible to return books.

On the Kumpula Campus the overnight return box is located at Physicum's main entrance (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2a), next to the gray side door. The books will be registered as returned on the following work day,

Next to the main doors of the Viikki Campus Library (Info Centre), there is a joint return box for the Campus Library and the Helsinki City Library in which you may return materials at any time of the day. The books will be registered as returned on the following working day.

There is no no after-hours returns at the Meilahti Campus Library. You can return books only during the opening hours of Terkko Health Hub (8AM – 8PM). The return box is located inside the building close to the main entrance (Haartmaninkatu 4) on the left hand side of the entrance hall. The items returned between 5PM and 8PM will be registered will be registered as returned on the following working day.