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Basic library services are available to everybody and free of charge. You can get a personal library card for the use of the services if you are a Finnish resident.

Using library services

The services of the Helsinki City Library branches can be used during the library opening hours. The services of the web library can be used from any location 24 hours. You can find the contact information and hours of city libraries on is the joint website and web library of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area libraries, that is, the city libraries of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. As a HelMet customer, you can search for materials, make reservations, renew loans and borrow electronic materials.

Courses and user training

City libraries organise a wide range of courses and user training open to everybody and free of charge. There are courses and trainings for many age groups in different languages for people seeking various skills and for groups. Courses are listed on is a free online information service maintained by Helsinki City Library. Anyone can ask any question on this website.


All city libraries are equipped with computers and wireless internet access. City libraries also lend out various devices, including e-book readers, tablet computers, blood pressure monitors and energy consumption meters.

Space for rent and exhibition space

Nearly every Helsinki City Library branch has space for rent for many different purposes such as meetings, activities, exhibitions, team work and lectures. Find out more about space for rent at your nearest library. 

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