Currently writing your thesis? Check the services offered by the library

Are you trying to finish your thesis during the spring semester? Get to know the different events and tools that Helsinki University Library and Student services are offering.

This bulletin contains information on how you can improve your information seeking skills independently with e-courses or manuals, how to take part in instructor-led information seeking courses and workshops and where to find quiet writing spaces for finishing your thesis. More information about the services can be found by following the hyperlinks.

Update your information seeking skills independently

The Information Seeking and Management course is open for all and can be done whenever and wherever suits you. The material is designed especially for bachelor’s and master’s students and going through it will take 27 hours. The content of the course is interdisciplinary and comprehensive.

You can also study different topics from the manuals the Library has produced:

Ask advice for information seeking and management

Write your thesis in the Library

Here are some suggestions for calm writing spaces at the Library. In addition to these, you can work anywhere in the Library’s reading and working spaces.

  • Master's thesis rooms at Aleksandria
    The learning center in Aleksandria has three spaces for thesis writers. All the spaces can be found on the second floor (rooms 229, 230, 231). The doors are always open and the rooms do not have to be booked beforehand. 
    Check the opening times from Aleksandria’s website.
  • Computer lab 4060 in Kaisa Library
    The computer lab has 18 working PC working spaces. The space can be used during the opening hours of the Library, 8-20 on weekdays and 11-17 on weekends (Sundays 1.3.-3.5.)
  • The quiet reading space in Kumpula Campus Library
    The back of the campus library holds a quiet space that has 11 working spots (1st floor). The space can be used during the opening hours of the Library, on weekdays 8-18.
  • The quiet reading room in Viikki
    The reading room on the ground floor of the Info Center Korona has 32 working places. The reading room can be used on weekdays 8-19. Enter the facility through the entrance lobby of the building
  • Quiet working space in Minerva
    Learning Centre Minerva’s learning space has 15 reading places and 9 PC working spots. The space can be used Mon-Thurs 8-19:14 and Fri 8-17:45. 
  • Book a mobile storage unit for thesis materials
    You can easily store and transfer the materials you need for your thesis in a mobile storage unit. You can find them by searching for ‘gradukärry’ in the Helka database. The carts have a 28-day loan period.
    More information on the Library’s website.
The university offers also support for thesis writers – take a look of the event schedule!

Student services organize events at Guidance Corner (Kaisa library, right next to the entrance in Fabianinkatu) that aim to support thesis writers with their work. The events are primarily meant for students studying in the old degree requirements who are planning to graduate before the end of the transition period. Other thesis writers can also register for the event, and they will get a possible confirmation after the sign-up period has closed. The events are mainly organized in Finnish, but anyone can join the session and ask questions.

Further information on the events