HULib Christmas 2022

Holiday season will cause some changes in services and opening hours between December 12 - January 8. E-resources are available 24/7 for university community also at holiday season.

Customer service

The Main Library's customer service is open during the weekdays, both by phone and on the entrance floor of the Kaisa House. Chat on the library's website will continue as usual until Christmas. The chat will be closed from December 26 to January 8.

Customer service desks at the Campus Libraries are closed between December 19 - January 8.

Questions and feedback can be set also through email or webform. We will aim to respond to emails as soon as possible.

Services for open access publishingresearch data management as well as services for publication metrics, visibility and Tuhat-reporting are available to university members. You can reach our specialists by email.

Student Service Point at Kaisa House, chat and Sisu guidance are closed between December 26 - January 8. Check the opening hours of the student service on the Studies Service.

Library premises

Campus Libraries in Kumpula and Meilahti are closed between December 19 - January 8. The libraries have shorter opening hours between December 12-18.

Kaisa House and Viikki Campus Library as well as Learning Centres Aleksandria and Minerva have shorter opening hours between December 19 - January 8. The premises are closed on weekends and public holidays.

Aleksandria is available with the night access key throughout the Christmas season, excluding New Year's Eve.

The library's lease at the Learning Centre Minerva is coming to an end. The Learning Centre will continue to operate in its current use until the end of 2022. Read more on the Library news

Check the opening hours on the page below.

The due date for material from the Kumpula and Meilahti collections is January 12 as follows:

  • 28 day loans starting on November 21,
  • 14 day loans (textbooks) starting on December 5, and
  • 2 day loans starting on December 15.

The due date for material from the Kaisa House and Viikki collections is January 12 as follows:

  • 28 day loans starting on November 23,
  • 14 day loans (textbooks) starting on December 7, and
  • 2 day loans starting on December 19.

You can order books from the Kumpula and Meilahti collections to be picked up from the Kaisa House by making a normal reservation for the book in the Helka database.

As a rule students can’t get reference material from Meilahti or Kumpula. However, in case of an urgent need e.g. having to do with graduation it is possible to get material by contacting the library (, tel. 02941 23920). All cases are assessed individually.

You can make reservations in Helka all holiday season. It is also possible to make reservations from the libraries that are closed.

The reservation shelves in Kumpula and Meilahti are available until Friday December 16. After that reservations will be picked up from the Kaisa House.

You can check the pick-up location from the notification that Helka sends by e-mail.

You can return books to the Main Library and Viikki Campus Library during the opening hours. 

Books can be returned to the return hatches around the clock at Kaisa House and Kumpula. In Meilahti, books can be returned to the Haartman Institute's return box during the building's opening hours.

  • Note that the return boxes in Kumpula and Meilahti are emptied twice a week: your loans may not necessarily appear as returned immediately.
  • 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.
  • On the Meilahti Campus, please use the return box at the lobby in Haartmaninkatu 3. The building is open Mon-Fri 8-15.
  • The Kaisa House overnight return machine is located on the left side of the main entrance (Fabianinkatu 30).

Accessing the electronic resources from outside the library locations via a remote connection requires a University user account. Electronic resources of the library can be used by the students, teachers, researchers and staff of the University of Helsinki, as well as students of the Open University of the University of Helsinki.

If you are an external customer, you can access the electronic resources at the library premises either by using the library terminals or on your own laptop via a a HelsinkiUni guest network. The password to the guest network is uniguest.

Staff of the University of Helsinki, the Helsinki University Hospital and the Finnish Meteorological Institute can request books (excluding textbooks) and articles in periodicals from the HULib collections to be delivered to their desk.

  • The service is available all christmas season. It is also possible to order books from libraries that are closed.
  • To qualify for this service, the user’s customer information in Helka must include a University email address and the user must be indicated as belonging to the University staff.
  • When making a request in Helka and selecting the pick up location, scroll down to the bottom of the drop-down menu, and select the lowest point Work Address.

Copies of articles in periodicals from the Meilahti and Kumpula collections cannot be ordered through Helka between December 16 - January 8, but you can send a delivery request to

The interlibrary loan service is available all christmas season. Requested interlibrary loans will be available for pick-up in the Main Library Kaisa House.

Changes in opening hours 6.12. - 8.1.