You can borrow books with a Helka library card at the Helsinki University Library’s service points.
- In order to get the card, activate your customer information in Helka database by signing in with your Helsinki University user credentials.
- Start using the Helka card digitally or collect your card from Helsinki University Library.
Students at the University of Helsinki can acquire a virtual Helka library card via the Studies Service. The mobile library card will be ready to use straight away. Remember to log in to the service first. If you acquire a mobile Helka card via the Studies Service, you do not need a plastic Helka card.
If you want to have a physical library card, collect the card from a customer service desk at Helsinki University Library during opening hours after activating your customer account. Please remember to bring an official ID card with you.
For further information on obtaining a Helka card, see the Helsinki University Library website.
You can request books, renew loans and, when necessary, pay overdue fines in the Helka database. In order to use the library's self-service lending machines, you need a PIN code which you have to set in your customer account in the Helka database.
Do not update your contact information in Helka, as the contact information is automatically updated from the background systems of the University of Helsinki. So, please notify university services (eg. Sisu) of any changes in your contact information.
The Helka library card also works in special Helka libraries, external to the university. To borrow from the collections of the National Library of Finland you need a National Library card.