Returning loans

You can return materials borrowed from Helsinki University Library to all the Library locations. However, material from other Helka libraries or the National Library of Finland cannot be returned to Helsinki University Library.

Use the check-in machine to return your borrowed materials.

You can return materials you have borrowed from Helsinki University Library to all the library sites. However, materials from other Helka libraries or the National Library of Finland cannot be returned to Helsinki University Library.

Loan periods for books vary by collection. Check Helka for the due dates of the items you have borrowed.

The Helsinki University Library locations have book drop boxes where you can return books outside opening hours.

At the Main Library in Kaisa House (Fabianinkatu 30), there is an overnight return machine on the left side of the main entrance. The machine can be operated with a library card. The books will be registered as returned on the following working day. Books from all Helsinki University Library sites can be returned here.

For Kumpula Campus Library, the overnight return box is located to the right of the Physicum main entrance, next to the grey side door. The books will be registered as returned on the following working day.

Next to the main doors of Viikki Campus Library (in the Infocentre), there is a joint return box for the Campus Library and the Helsinki City Library in which you may return materials at any time of the day. The books will be registered as returned on the following working day.

No after-hours returns are possible at Meilahti Campus Library. You can only return books during the opening hours of Terkko Health Hub (8:00–20:00). The return box is located inside the lobby of the building, close to the main entrance (Haartmaninkatu 4) on the left. Items returned between 17:00 and 20:00 will be registered as returned on the following working day.

If you return or renew your loans late, you will be subject to overdue fines. Fines accrue for a maximum of 14 days, after which you will be denied permission to borrow material.

The University of Helsinki staff are not charged overdue fines for research literature. However, the staff are still subject to overdue fines for textbooks. 

Overdue fines will start to accumulate on the day after the due date and can be seen in your customer account in Helka. You can pay the fines once you have renewed or returned the overdue books.