Viikki Pop-up Library 2020-2021

The joint temporary premises of the Viikki Campus Library and the public library in Viikki are on the fourth floor of Info Centre Korona. Pop-up Library is open to the users of both libraries until the actual facilities are completed in summer 2021.

The Campus Library's services are closed Nov 30, 2020 - Jan 31, 2021. The City Library's restricted services are available on weekdays 11-18.

The Pop-up Library has approximately 100 places for reading and study as well as some groupwork facilities. The facilities has been planned together with the public library.

The campus library's collections and group study spaces are located on the fourth floor. There is a self-study space on the fifth floor suitable for quiet work.

During the exceptional situation, Nov 30, 2020 -  Jan 31, 2021, only the restricted services of the City Library are available in the Pop-up Library on weekdays 11-18. The Campus Library is closed.

The entrance is at Viikinkaari 11 B.

Check out the Pop-up Library floor map (pdf) →

Services and operations on the library premises during the coronavirus situation

The safety of our customers and staff is important to us.

  • Only visit the library when you're healthy.
  • Long and unnecessary stays at the library should be avoided, so please keep your visits as short as possible.
  • Use a face mask.
  • Take care of hand hygiene.
  • Keep adequate distance from other customers and staff.
  • Follow the instructions for the corona situation displayed in the library.

Between November 30 and January 31 you can order books from Viikki Campus Library collections to be picked up at Kaisa House by making a normal reservation for the book in the Helka database. When you receive an email notification from Helka, the book can be picked up as a self-service from the reservation pick-up area on the entrance floor of the Kaisa House (3rd floor). The 3rd floor of Kaisa House is open, the rest of the floors are closed.

The 24h reading room closed in May 2020. As such, the reading room will not be in use even after the renovation of the Info Centre.

If you still have a key card to the 24h reading room, you can return it to the campus library's customer service. After filling out the invoice form at the customer service desk, the library will refund the deposit to your account.

Book collections based on the classification used have been placed in a more compact manner in an area on the fourth floor. Publication series, journals and textbooks are also placed on the fourth floor. Some of the journals as well as theses, dissertations and the special collection have been moved to Kaisa House.

Location information for all material can be found in the Helka database.

Between November 30, 2020 and January 31, 2021 you can order books from Viikki Campus Library collections to be picked up at Kaisa House by making a normal reservation for the book in the Helka database. When you receive an email notification from Helka, the book can be picked up as a self-service from the reservation pick-up area on the entrance floor of the Kaisa House (3rd floor). The 3rd floor of Kaisa House is open, the rest of the floors are closed.

The group study rooms in Viikki Campus Library are located on the fourth floor of the Infocentre. Some of the group study rooms can be reserved on the O365 calendar, some can be used without reservation.

Equipment in the group study rooms (max. 4–12 people): A fixed computer and a white screen. A University of Helsinki user account is required to access the computer. You can connect your own laptop with a VGA or HDMI cable.

If you need a video projector, you can borrow it from the customer service desk using your library card. You can also book a video projector in advance through the Office365 calendar.

Group study facilities in the O365 calendar: Infokeskus, Library Group Study Room 412 and 414.

Please note that the exceptional situation may cause delay in the response.

  • Chat on the library website is available Mon-Fri 10-17.
  • Phone service in the Main Library Kaisa House (02941 23920) is available Mon-Fri 8-20.
  • The Main Library's customer service desk at Kaisa House is open Mon-Fri 8-19.
  • Campus Libraries' customer service desks are closed Nov 30, 2020 - Jan 31, 2021.

Questions and feedback can be set also through email or webform.

As a rule, library staff will work remotely. Contact the library experts through service addresses.

Students and staff of the University of Helsinki

First, you need to activate your customer information in Helka database by signing in with your Helsinki University user credentials. Your Helka card will be ready for pick-up in the next working day. You can pick up your card from any Helsinki University Library location during customer service hours. Please remember to bring an official ID card.

Please note that during the exceptional situation 30.11.2020-31.1.2021 the library card can only be picked up from the main library's customer service at Kaisa House.

Once you have the library card, you can request books, renew loans and, when necessary, pay overdue fines in the Helka database. In order to use the library's self-service lending machines, you need a PIN code which you have to set in your customer account in the Helka database.

Do not update your contact information in Helka, as the contact information is automatically updated from the background systems of the University of Helsinki. So, please notify university services (eg Oodi/Sisu) of any changes in your contact information.

Other customers (no university user credentials)

Order a Helka library card by using the online form. The card will be available for pick-up after three working days. You can pick up your card from any Helsinki University Library location during customer service hours. Please remember to bring an official ID card. 

You can also get a Helka card by visiting the library's customer service desk.

Please note that during the exceptional situation 30.11.2020-31.1.2021 the library card can only be picked up from the main library's customer service at Kaisa House.

Once you have the library card, you can request books, renew loans, update your customer data in the Helka database and, when necessary, pay overdue fines. In order to use the library's self-service lending machines, you need a PIN code which you have to set in your customer account in the Helka database. You need to have a valid e-mail in the system to be able to log in to Helka.

  • Collection transfers were ongoing at the Viikki Campus Library in autumn 2019. Click here for the news article.
  • The Viikki 24-hour reading room is closed. Remember to return your access card! Click here for the news article.
  • Collections of the Viikki Campus Library will be moved to the 4th floor. Click here for the news article.
  • Journals, theses and special collection from Viikki are available now in the Main Library. Click here for the news article.
  • The Viikki Campus Library is open until Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
  • Viikki's books as a long-term loan on or after April 30, 2020. Click here for the news article.
  • Viikki public library will open its services in the Viikki Pop-up Library in June 2020 on the fourth floor of Info Centre Korona.
  • Campus Library services will resume in the Viikki Pop-up Library on Monday, August 17, 2020.
  • The renewed facilities will be opened on the first, second and third floors of Info Centre Korona in late summer 2021 at the earliest.

The library’s facility redesign project is connected to a larger University of Helsinki repair and remodelling project, during which Info Centre Korona will be comprehensively transformed. The renovations at Korona will be carried out in two stages:

  • First, second and third floors, summer 2020–summer 2021
  • Fourth and fifth floors, summer 2021–summer 2022.

The aim of Helsinki University Library is to create a diverse and flexible learning environment in cooperation with the public library in Viikki. The renewed facilities will be opened on the first, second and third floors of Info Centre Korona in late summer 2021 at the earliest.

  • The current number of places available for reading and study at the campus library will remain the same (approx. 270).
  • The number of facilities for groupwork and quiet work will also remain unchanged, and the equipment available for groupwork will be replaced.
  • The stations for borrowing and returning books will be redesigned.
  • Digital materials will be better highlighted in the learning environment.
  • Printed resources will be clearly organised on floors 1–3 of Info Centre Korona.