Theses
Theses can be found in the library’s collections in both printed and digital formats. You can read printed theses at the library premises. Newer theses are mostly available digitally.
Theses in the library's collection

Theses can be found in the library’s collections in both printed and digital formats. You can read printed theses at the library premises. Newer theses are mostly available digitally (open access).

The thesis has been published openly if the author has given permission to publish it. The University of Helsinki recommends the open publication of theses. Copying of the digital theses available on the library terminals has been prohibited due to copyright reasons.

Searching and reading theses

You can search for both printed and digital theses in Helka. You can search for a single University of Helsinki thesis in Helka with the title of the thesis or the author’s name. You can find information about both printed and digital theses in Helka. 

  • If the digital thesis has been published openly, you can read the thesis directly using the link in Helka.
  • If the digital thesis has not been published openly, you can only see its information in Helka, but you can read it at the library terminals available at the libraries.
  • You can find the location information of a printed thesis in Helka. You can request to read a thesis by making a reservation in Helka.

Digital theses can also be searched for in Helda, University of Helsinki's open publication archive. If you want to browse digital theses or do more advanced searches, you should use Helda.

Doctoral dissertations

Doctoral dissertations can be searched for in the Helka database. There's usually at least one printed copy available of the dissertations published at University of Helsinki. 

Printed doctoral dissertations are not usually kept in separate collections, they're shelved among other material available for loan.

Bachelor's theses

Printed copies of bachelor's theses are not usually kept in the library's collections. 

Digital bachelor's theses are available from the Faculty of Theology from the year 2010 and also from the Faculty of Education. These theses can be read on the library terminals.