Service Break in Helka in July: Lending or Reserving Print Books Not Available For A Couple Weeks

Helka Library Database will be renewed in Late July. Elec­tronic re­sources will be avail­able dur­ing the break

The current Helka library database has served the customer for over 20 years and will renewed in the summer of 2020. This will cause a service break in Helka library database from July 16 until the beginning of August, 2020.

If you are planning studies during the summer months, please note that during the break you can not check out or reserve print books or access your customer details in Helka. The search funcion in Helka will be available during the service break, and you can access all electronic journals and e-books through Helka.  The availability status of print books, however, will not be visible in Helka during the service break.

You can make reservations in Helka up until July 16. During the service break no reservations can be made. Please note that all the reservations will not automatically be transferred to the renewed system. If you've already received a reservation notification from the library system by the beginning of the service break, your reservation will be moved to the new Helka database. For other reservations, please prepare to place your reservation again in August when Helka is operational once again. 

The due dates in the Helsinki Universi Library loana have been postponed to August. The due date for all loans is now August 12 2020. However, if your loans are already overdue, the due date is not postponed. If there is anything unclear about your loans or due payments, please contact the service address

You can return books to the library during the break. They will be returned in the system only after Helka is once again operational.

Follow the Updates on Corona Virus Situation and Helka's Vacation


There are many changes in opening hours, due dates and services during the spring and summer. All library locations are closed at least until May 31st. Updated information of the changes and all news can be foudn on the library website. The library will announce the summer opening hours by the end of May.

Frequently asked questions about the service break in Helka: Helka's Vacation 2020 → 

The changes in library service in the exceptional situation caused by the coronavirus
: Exceptions caused by COVID-19