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 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.

Pop-up Library is open Mon-Fri 8-18. The entrance is at Viikinkaari 11 B. 

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

Services and operations on library premises during the coronavirus situation

  • You are able to pick up material from the shelves and borrow them using the self-service machines.
  • Reserved books can be picked up in the self-service pick-up area as usual.
  • You can return books to the check-in machines.
  • About half of the reading and working places as well as the customer computers are in use. Places for keeping the safety distances are marked.
  • In group study spaces and rooms reserved for quiet working, users must ensure that safety distances are adequately observed.

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.

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.

The library's customer service desks generally are available normally on all campuses. The Campus Libraries' customer service desks are open Mon-Fri 10-17 and the Main Library's customer service desk Mon-Fri 10-19.

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.

You can reach the Campus Libraries phone services during their customer service hours. At other times, calls are routed to Kaisa House.

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

Activate your customer information in Helka database by signing in with your Helsinki University user credentials, and 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.

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.

Non-Members of the University of Helsinki (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.

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.

  • 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.