Reading and working areas

The reading and study areas, computer desks and silent spaces can be used by all library customers. Reading and working spaces are also available for students of the University of Helsinki in the Aleksandria and Minerva Learning Centres as well as the Learning Centre of the Swedish School of Social Science.

All library locations provide plenty of reading and working space for all customers. In the library, you will find spaces for working both while seated and standing up. In addition to the traditional reading spaces equipped with only a desk and a chair, the library provides a variety of spaces with armchairs and couches for a more relaxed reading position.

Reading and working areas are marked with orange signs.

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.

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.

You can use your own laptop at all library locations. If you do not have a University of Helsinki user account, you can obtain a temporary visitor account from the library customer service desk to access the wireless HUPnet network. Members of the University community can use the Eduroam network.

The library also provides terminals for use by all customers. You can use the library terminals to browse the Helka database, read the licensed electronic materials acquired by the library, log in to your Helka user profile as well as search and read the digitally stored theses of the University of Helsinki. Please note that the library terminals do not provide regular access to the internet and you will not be able to work on your own files on them.

You can print from your own device or from a library terminal using the Print In City service.

Some of the desks in the library’s general working areas are fitted with computers. In addition, the library locations also have dedicated computer rooms. Similarly to the reading areas, computer desks and rooms are marked as the orange zone. Especially Learning Centre Aleksandria has a large number of computers.

All computers in the library facilities require logging in using 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. In case of IT-related problems, please contact the IT Centre Helpdesk.

The ID Point service operates at the customer service desk of every library location, providing members of the University community with access to Helpdesk services which require personal identification by phone.

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 in the library facilities and Learning Centres are marked with red and they are reserved for quiet work. The workspaces in the silent areas are mostly equipped only with a desk and a chair.

Please note that some of the silent reading spaces 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.

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 reading room on the ground floor of Info Centre Korona has been open to University of Helsinki students 24 hours a day. Using the reading room after 19:00 on weekdays and on weekends has required a personal key card. New key cards have not been issued after January 1, 2020 due to the forthcoming renovation of the Info Centre Korona. 

The 24h reading room will be closed during the exceptional situation in the spring and during the renovation in the summer. 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 Viikki Campus Library in August 2020, once the campus library has been opened in temporary premises. After filling out the invoice form at the customer service desk, the library will refund the deposit to your account.