Library rules

Instructions for use of the premises are summarised in the library rules. You will find other rules, such as the rights and responsibilities of the customer and the library, in the Helsinki University Library Terms of Use.

The library facilities are divided into zones and colour-coded to indicate whether they are silent areas, working spaces or recreational facilities.

  • Green zone: Social spaces, recreational facilities, group study rooms
  • Orange zone: Working spaces, reading and study areas
  • Red zone: Silent spaces, some of the reading and study spaces

The library’s reading and study areas are general purpose areas, marked as the orange zone. In the orange zone, talking quietly is allowed, and this is the generally appropriate voice level for the library.

Please note that some of the reading spaces are intended to be used exclusively by University of Helsinki students, researchers and staff. These spaces are marked with signs.

Do not leave personal property unattended and watch out for thieves. Also make sure your bag or other belongings do not take over the spaces near you, preferably keeping them in the lockers.

When using a reading space, you may leave for a short period, but no longer than 30 minutes. Leave a note indicating the time of departure, but please remember that a note alone is not sufficient to reserve the space. If you are away for more than half an hour, another customer is authorised to take your place and put your belongings aside – they do not need to ask the library staff to do so. The library is not responsible for things you leave behind at the reading space.

Please make phone calls in the designated phone areas or somewhere to the side, so you do not disturb others.

Keep the rooms tidy and clean up after yourself. Please eat your packed lunch in the recreational facilities.

Some of the desks in the library’s general working areas are fitted with computers. Similarly to the reading areas, computer desks and rooms are marked as the orange zone where talking quietly is allowed.

All computers in the library customer facilities require logging with a University of Helsinki user account, that is, they are meant to be used only by the University's students and staff. You are required to observe the IT Centre terms of use when using the computers.  

Do not leave personal property unattended and watch out for thieves. Also make sure your bag and other belongings do not take over the spaces near you, preferably keeping them in the lockers.

When using a computer desk, you may leave for a short period, but no longer than 30 minutes. Leave a note indicating the time of departure, but please remember that a note alone is not sufficient to reserve the space. If you are away for more than half an hour, another customer is authorised to take your place and put your belongings aside – they do not need to ask the library staff to do so. The library is not responsible for things you leave behind at the computer desk.

Please make phone calls in the designated phone areas or somewhere to the side, so you do not disturb others.

Keep the computer desks and rooms tidy and clean up after yourself. Please eat your packed lunch in the recreational facilities.

Silent areas are marked with red and they are reserved for quiet work.

Please keep all your devices in silent mode and work quietly. Be considerate and let others work in peace.

Please note that some of the silent areas are intended to be used exclusively by University of Helsinki students, researchers and staff. These spaces are marked with signs.

The small silent reading room on the second floor of Kaisa House is reserved for work without laptops, but in other silent areas the use of laptops is allowed.

Do not leave personal property unattended and watch out for thieves. Also make sure your bag or other belongings do not take over the spaces near you, preferably keeping them in the lockers.

When using a reading space, you may leave for a short period, but no longer than 30 minutes. Leave a note indicating the time of departure, but please remember that a note alone is not sufficient to reserve the space. If you are away for more than half an hour, another customer is authorised to take your place and put your belongings aside – they do not need to ask the library staff to do so. The library is not responsible for things you leave behind at the reading space.

Keep the silent areas tidy and clean up after yourself. Please eat your packed lunch in the recreational facilities. Please make phone calls in the designated phone areas or somewhere to the side, so you do not disturb others.

The library’s recreational facilities are meant to be used for taking a break, and informal working and talking. Here eating is allowed, but please keep the facilities tidy and clean up after yourself. Please make phone calls in the designated phone areas or somewhere to the side, so you do not disturb others.

The library has designated phone areas and booths which are meant for making calls. Do not take up a phone area as a personal reading or study space. 

For the time being, phone areas can be found at least in the Main Library in Kaisa House and Meilahti Campus Library in Terkko Health Hub. If a phone area is not available or you cannot find one, please make your call somewhere to the side, so you do not disturb others.

The group study facilities in the University learning centres and Helsinki University Library can only be reserved by the students and staff of the University. The facilities are meant for group study – you may not reserve them for your personal use, public meetings or teaching.

The group study facilities are available for use during the opening hours of the library sites and learning centres.

To make a reservation, you need the University’s Office365 account and calendar. Group study room can be reserved for maximum of 2 hours/person/day. Longer bookings can be cancelled without further notice. A reservation expires 30 minutes after its starting time if none of the members of the group have arrived.

You may use the space temporarily if it is not reserved. However, users with a reservation always take precedence. 

Keep the facilities tidy and clean up after yourself.