Collections Collection

Available in these libraries

  • Askainen Library, Masku

  • Bookmobile Ilona (Kotka), Kotka

  • Evijärvi Library, Evijärvi

  • Goethe Institut Library, Helsinki

  • Hamina main library, Hamina

  • Hattula Library, Hattula

  • Helsinki Central Library Oodi, Helsinki

  • Himanka Library, Kalajoki

  • IPR University Center, Helsinki

  • Journal reading room (Valkeakoski City Library), Valkeakoski

    • Newspapers

      We do not loan the newspapers, but you can read them at the newspaper reading room. We currently have the newspaper catalogue in Finnish. Feel free to ask the library staff about the newspapers.

    • Magazines

      Apart from the most current issue, all magazines are for loan. The loan period for magazines is two weeks. We currently have the magazine catalogue in Finnish. Feel free to ask the library staff about the magazines.

  • Kalajoki Main Library, Kalajoki

  • Karhula library, Kotka

  • Karhuvuori library, Kotka

  • Karstula Library, Karstula

  • KAVI's library, Helsinki

  • Kiiminki Library, Oulu

  • Kinnula Library, Kinnula

  • Kivijärvi Library, Kivijärvi

  • Konginkangas Library, Äänekoski

  • Korpilahti Library, Jyväskylä

  • Kotka main library, Kotka

  • Library of Finnish Institute for Children’s Literature, Tampere

  • Main Library (Äänekoski), Äänekoski

  • Munkkiniemi Library, Helsinki

    • Aalto collection

      A selection of literature on architecture, Alvar and Aino Aalto in particular. Several of the books are for reference only.

  • Museum of Finnish Architecture Library, Helsinki

  • Pekuri Library, Oulu

  • Petäjävesi Library, Petäjävesi

  • Pyhäjoki Library, Pyhäjoki

  • Rikhardinkatu Library, Helsinki

    • Art Floor Collection

      The collection of art books on the second floor of the library. The collection holds over 5000 items.

  • Sievi Main Library, Sievi

  • Somero Library, Somero

  • Somero Mobile Library Tenruusi, Somero

  • Statistics Finland, Helsinki

    • Data use
      The library’s national collection of statistics contains the Official Statistics of Finland (OSF) starting from 1856, Statistics Finland’s other statistical production, and the statistics of other public administration. The collection also includes official statistics of the Nordic countries and general statistical yearbooks of around 30 countries, as well as the statistics of key international organisations (Eurostat, UN, OECD, IMF, World Bank, etc.).
  • Sumiainen Library, Äänekoski

  • Sundom self-service library, Vaasa

  • Suolahti Library, Äänekoski

  • The Main Library in Nykarleby, Uusikaarlepyy

  • Tritonia, Vaasa

    • Collections

      Textbooks, frequently used research literature, newly aquired books from subject collections, dictionaries and standards are placed in the library.

      The remaining research literature, older volumes of journals and theses from University of Vaasa, VAMK University of Applied Sciences and Novia University of Applied Sciences are placed in closed stacks. You can place a request in Finna for material that can be borrowed, while material that only can be read in the library must be ordered with a separate online form. The staff collects the material from the closed stacks every working day. The material is found in the reservation shelf in the library. The publications from the University of Vaasa and Novia and VAMK universities of applied sciences as well as material from the special collections are in closed stacks. They cannot be borrowed, but can be requested with a online form and then read in the library. You can place a request for journals with a separate form, for reading and copying in the library.

  • Tritonia Allegro, Jakobstad, Pietarsaari

  • Vaasa Main Library, Vaasa

    • Literature and languages

      Second floor, new extension.

      Classes 04, 10.8, 80–89.

      Novels, short stories, poems, plays and comics.

      Audiobooks, large print books, and easy to read books,

      Essay collections and aphorisms.

      Literary studies, writer biographies.

      Linguistics and languages: textbooks, dictionaries, baby name books, and more.

      Please note: Fiction (classes 04–86) is arranged by language. Separate sections for crime, scifi, fantasy, and horror, and for war, hunting & fishing and humour in Finnish and Swedish.

    • The collection of the Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies

      The collection of the Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies is located in Vaasa city library. The collection consists mostly of textbooks. All Vaasa city library card holders can borrow books from the collection.

      The textbooks have a loan period of 2 weeks, and there are several copies of each title. Some textbooks are also available as short loans with a one-day loan period. Other books in the collection have a loan period of 28 days. The pick-up period for reserved textbooks is 4 days.

      The Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies is a part of the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki.

    • Newspapers and magazines

      First floor.

      Newspapers and general magazines. Most back issues are available for borrowing.

      A large touch screen monitor for reading newspapers and magazines online.

      Public computers and printing. Collect and pay for your printouts at the Info-desk.

      Old back issues of local newspapers on microfilm. Book the microfilm reader in advance by phone (Newspapers section 06-325 3588, Info 06-325 3533), by email or visit the customer service in the Newspaper and magazines section. You can use the microfilm reader when there is staff present in the department. Library staff will guide you how to use the device.


    • Music and arts

      Second floor, old library building.

      Classes 70–78.

      Arts, art history, architecture, photography, theatre, cinema and music.

      CDs, DVDs and LP records.

      Sheet music, music method books for various instruments, songbooks.

      DVDs: films and tv series.

      Music listening corner.

      Electric piano, electric guitar, headphones.

      Bookable reading room Toivo.

      Naxos Music Library: Listen to free streaming music from your computer, including classical, jazz, blues, folk, and world music. Sign in with your library card number and PIN.

      Music magazines are in the newspaper reading room (Newspapers and magazines) in the 1st floor.

    • Science and technology

      Second floor, old library building.

      Classes 50–59, 60–68, 69.6–69.71, 79.

      Natural sciences, mathematics, medicine, technology, handicraft, pet care, gardening, cooking, interior decoration, games, sports and exercise.


    • Children and young adults

      The section for children and young adults is located on the first floor of the main library.

      Buggy/pushchair access through main entrance on Kirjastonkatu: Use the platform lift next to the Public information centre, or turn left to the Newspapers and magazines section and walk through Café Proosa.

      Buggy/pushchair access through the entrance on Raastuvankatu: Walk through the Café Proosa and turn left.

      Childcare room/Accessible toilet by main entrance.

      The children's section has yellow bookshelves with picture books (in Finnish, Swedish and English), fairy tales, children's books, easy readers and poems.

      There are separate trolleys for picture books about:

      • Vehicles and traffic
      • School (ABC, numbers, colours, starting day care/school)
      • Family and everyday situations
      • Health

      The parent shelf has picture books dealing with difficult topics that you can read together with your child. The shelf also has helpful books for parents, teachers and caregivers.

      The children's section does not have non-fiction books, but many books in the non-fiction section for young people and young adults are suitable for children. 

      The children's music corner has music for children (CDs, songbooks, sheet music), and DVDs and audio books for children.


      Young people and young adults in the main library

      The section for young people and young adults has red bookshelves with:

      • fiction for young people
      • comic books for children, young people and young adults
      • joke books for children, young people and young adults
      • non-fiction for children, young people and young adults
      • foreign language books for children, young people and young adults (in other languages than Finnish, Swedish and English)
      • DVDs for young people and young adults
      • audio books for young people and young adults
      • video games for young people and young adults

      The library has video games for the following consoles:

      • PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
      • Xbox, Xbox Kinect, Xbox One
      • Nintendo Wii, Nintendo WiiU, Nintendo DS and 3DS

      There are separate fiction sections for stories about ghost, sports and horses. The horse section also has non-fiction books about horses and horseback riding. 

      The young adult section by the stairs has young adult fiction, fantasy and sci-fi in Finnish and Swedish, and manga comics. 

      The section for young people and young adults has a customer service desk, 4 public computers and a library catalogue station.

    • Countries and cultures

      Second floor, new extension.

      Classes 11–17, 20–29, 40–49, 90–99.

      Philosophy, psychology, religion, geography, ethnology and history.

      Biographies and genealogy; paranormal phenomena, dream books and astrology.

      Travel guides, maps, atlases and nautical charts.

      Exhibitions highlighting current topics and different aspects of the collection in the display case.


    • Social sciences and economics

      Second floor, old library building.

      Classes 00–03, 05–07, 30–39, 69–69.35.

      Politics, social sciences, jurisprudence, economics, marketing, social policy, education, national defense and communication.

      Reference materials: statute books, statistics by Statistics Finland.

  • Valkeakoski City Library, Valkeakoski

    • Valkeakoski collection

      We have a curated collection of materials related to Valkeakoski City. The materials are not loanable for home but you can read them at the library.

    • Daisy-audiobooks

      We have a collection of Daisy-audiobooks that are meant only for people with print disabilities. Daisy-audiobooks are produced by Celia. You need a separate Daisy-player, mp3-player or cd-player that is mp3 compatible in order to listen to Daisy-audiobooks.

    • Loanable sports equipment

      Library's loanable sports equipment (loan period 2 weeks):

      • Activechair (Humantool-saddle seat)
      • Discmania Frisbeegolf -set (3 discs)
      • Gymstick Core Twister -board
      • Basketball
      • Snowshoes: Haghus Finland Snow Equipment 8×25″
      • Mölkky-style game
      • Anckle/wrist weights 1 kg
      • Pétanque
      • Travel single Hammock (CA treehuggers)
      • Ultralight Hammock (CA mosquito net and teehuggers)
      • Endurance Plastic Balance Board
      • Adjustable Walking Sticks.

      You need to loan and return the sports equipment at the library's customer service desk. You can reserve the items via net library or at the library's customer service desk.

  • Vihti main library, Vihti