The premises and equipment booking system Varaamo of the City of Helsinki has grown into a service with more than 7,000 users. The service was used more than 30,000 times to book premises for various activities in 2016.
Varaamo can be used by everyone to book City of Helsinki premises and equipment for their own use. The available premises now number 81. New premises to be added to the list this year include meeting spaces, band rehearsal studios and various halls.
The most frequently booked premises are music studios and meeting rooms, while the most popular equipment is 3D printers at libraries. The premises available through Varaamo also include video editing rooms, facilities for digitizing images and sound, and places for skateboarding and various games. The available equipment include sowing machines, vinyl cutters and scanners.
Varaamo developed to better meet user needs
An important goal with the development of the service is user-friendliness. The service has received positive feedback and suggestions for further development from more than 250 users during this year. User needs have also been explored with three surveys, which were taken by a total of 170 users.
“Next we plan to improve Varaamo’s search function. For example, we will add a map function to the service to enable users to book premises by location,” says the Varaamo project manager Juho Kerppola. User needs will be a guiding principle for future service improvements.
Register as a user and book a premise
You can learn more about Varaamo and look for a premise for your needs at https://varaamo.hel.fi. You can check current bookings without registration, but you need to sign in using your Facebook, YLE or Google account.