Alternative Access

This page provides tips for researchers, teachers and students for accessing articles that cannot be found among the materials acquired by the Library.

Access to electronic journals and databases is primarily based on negotiated fixed-term licence agreements. This means that access to subscribed material may be cut off if an agreement for a new licence period cannot be reached with the publisher, for example, due to too high a price or other uacceptable agreement terms.

Access to electronic journals by Taylor & Francis and Wiley was previously based on the FinELib consortium agreement which expired at the end of 2018.

Taylor & Francis

The negotiations between FinELib and Taylor & Francis have progressed and Taylor & Francis has re-established access to journals during the negotiations to the University of Helsinki. FinELib and Taylor & Francis have reached a mutual understanding of the main principles in the agreement of 2020: access to journals and open access publishing. The negotiations on the details of the agreement continue.

We will share full details about the agreement when it has been finalised.


The extensive negotiations with Wiley have resulted in significant progress and the new agreement will be most likely reached in early 2020. The agreement for 2020-2022 will include both read access to Wiley journals and element of Open Access publishing.

For more information on the FinELib negotiations and consortium agreements, see the FinELib Negotiations website. FinELib has also published a list of frequently asked questions on the negotiations.

You can search for an article in the following open access services:

Install a browser extension or a plug-in to facilitate finding articles which are open access.

Ask directly from the author of the article. The author may be able to share their article with an individual colleague or student within the publisher’s licensing agreement.

If the article is not available as open access contact the Library service address at and we will look into ways of gaining access to the articles you need.