Skip to content


Helmet Library consists of the city libraries of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, and Vantaa.

The library (kirjasto) is a place that is open for all and where you are always welcome. Libraries are free to use.

At the library you can

  • enjoy your free time
  • see your friends
  • take part in events and guided tours
  • read.

All Helmet Libraries have Wi-Fi that everyone can use. Children and families with children are offered a wide range of activities, for example story reading and theatre performances. The library staff will help you, answer your questions and tell you about the library.

You need a Helmet library card to use some of the services. With your library card (kirjastokortti) and PIN code you can borrow material, reserve books and other material, and use the eLibrary (e-kirjasto) and computers.

Materials available for loan and online services

You can borrow materials such as books, magazines, music and films from the library.

Materials available for a loan from the library and online services

Multilingual Library

Multilingual Library (Monikielinen kirjasto) has books, music, films and magazines in over 80 languages, e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Somali and Kurdish.

Multilingual Library

Russian Library

Russian Library (Venäjänkielinen kirjasto) has books, music, films, newspapers and magazines in Russian.

Russian Library

Language Cafés

At Helmet Libraries’ Language Cafés (kielikahvilat), you can practise your Finnish or Swedish in a relaxed atmosphere.

Libraries’ Language Cafés

Online Finnish courses

On the website, you can also study Finnish on online courses (verkkokurssit).

Online Finnish courses offered by the library

06.10.2017 10:05

At the website you will find contact details of the libraries and get more information about the services they are offering.

Identity cards

Find out which identity cards are accepted by Helmet-library.