About the Library
Here you can find further information on the library’s collection development and the history of the library units.
The University of the Arts Helsinki library consists of the libraries of the Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy and the Theatre Academy. These general rules apply to all library services of the University of the Arts Helsinki. In addition, the academies may have their own additional or supplementary rules or service price lists.
The University of the Arts Helsinki library is open to all. To register as a library user, a person must be at least 15 years of age and have a Finnish social security ID and an address in Finland. Exceptions are the university's exchange students, lecturers and researchers; they can register as library users without meeting these conditions. Library users under 15 must be accompanied by a legal guardian when registering with the library. In addition, Finnish and foreign organisations that offer inter-library loans can register as inter-library service customers.
Registration requires a photo ID issued by an official authority.
Access to the library can also be granted for a specified term.
The University of the Arts Helsinki library card can be used at all ARSCA libraries. Cardholders agree to comply with the rules of the University of the Arts Helsinki and the rules of any other ARSCA libraries they may visit.
Customer register and privacy
The details are valid for three years from the last date they have been checked after which the details expire and the use of library services will be restrained. If the expired details are not updated they will remain in the register for three years from the expiration date.
Users can borrow materials from the library of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Not all collections are available for loan. The loan periods vary by collection.
The personal library card must be presented when checking out materials, making reservations and for checking borrowing rights and existing loans. The card must not be given to another person. Cardholders agree to comply with the rules of the University of the Arts Helsinki and the rules of any other ARSCA libraries they may visit.
A library user can have up to 100 items checked out from ARSCA libraries at any time.
Loans from the library collections are free as long as the materials are returned or renewed by the return date.
Items borrowed from the University’s academy libraries in Helsinki can be returned to all Uniarts libraries in Helsinki. Currently, items borrowed from the Sibelius Academy’s Kuopio library can only be returned in Kuopio.
The library of the University of the Arts Helsinki can order inter-library loans from other libraries for the students and staff members of the University of the Arts Helsinki only. Inter-library loans are subject to the academy-specific service charges.
The library of the University of the Arts Helsinki provides inter-library loans to other libraries and organisations offering inter-library loans outside the Helsinki metropolitan area; the service is subject to academy-specific service charges.
The availability of collections for inter-library loan and the associated charges may vary by academy.
A loan can be renewed up to 10 times. There may be academy-specific exceptions with regard to special collections. Loans can be renewed in Finna, using the self-service option on the ARSCA database, by visiting the library, or on the phone. If the title is reserved, the loan cannot be renewed. Loans cannot be renewed by email.
Library users can submit reservations in the library or online in Finna or the ARSCA database. Materials provided by the University’s academy libraries can also be reserved for collection in another University library in Helsinki. Materials provided by the Sibelius Academy’s Kuopio library can be reserved for collection in Kuopio. When the loaned copy is available, the library system automatically notifies the user who made the reservation. The title will be reserved and held for the user until the date specified in the message. The reservation fee is specified in the academy-specific service price list.
Late return charges
If a loan is not returned or renewed by the due date, the library user will be charged the late return fee specified in the academy-specific price list. The late fee will be charged even if the library user has not received a reminder from the library, or if he or she has not been able to renew the loan, for example, because of a technical fault.
The library user's responsibilities
Users are responsible for their borrowed items. Lost or damaged library materials must be replaced. The replacement procedure is determined by the academy in question.
Library users are responsible for returning or renewing their loans by the return date.
Library users are responsible for keeping their contact information up to date. The library will send any correspondence (return requests, reminders, etc.) to the address given by the user.
Library users are responsible for the use of their library cards. The library card is a personal document. Lost cards must be reported to the library immediately. The cardholder is responsible for all materials borrowed on his or her card.
The library's property must be handled with due care and consideration. Library users are liable for damages to library property. Marking the library materials in any way is strictly prohibited.
When receiving the library card, the user signs and agrees to the general rules of the University of the Arts Helsinki and all ARSCA libraries, and to the academy-specific prices of services.
A library user will be banned in the following cases:
- if he or she does not return or renew loans within 40 days after the due date; or
- if he or she has outstanding late return charges amounting to 20€ or more.
The ban is lifted when the user pays the outstanding late fees and the materials are returned or renewed.
Use of electronic materials
Electronic materials (e-books, e-journals, etc.) acquired by the University of the Arts Helsinki library are available for all library users on the library's customer workstations. In addition, electronic materials can be accessed remotely by university students and staff members. The use of electronic materials in the library collection is subject to the agreements concluded with the producer/vendor of the material. Further information is available from the library's branches.
Use of customer workstations
The library's customer workstations are primarily intended for the use of library services, studying and research purposes.
Disruptive behaviour within the library is not permitted. If a mobile phone is used, other customers must not be disturbed. The library is not responsible for customers' personal belongings.
Disrupting the library's operation or disturbing the library staff or other customers can lead to a ban from the library. Decisions on restricting or banning access are made by the library management.
The decision can be appealed within 14 days of being notified of it; the contact information for appeals is included in the decision or other documents enclosed with the letter. The decision can take effect even if it has been appealed.
The management of the University of the Arts Helsinki library reserves the right to modify the library rules and service charges as necessary. The rules and current service prices can be viewed at the library branches and on their websites.
These rules are valid as of 17 October 2016.
The University of the Arts Helsinki library collection development is based on supporting the education, research, and artistic activity in the university (also partner organisations in Kuopio). The purpose of the Uniarts Helsinki Library’s collection policy is to describe which resources are selected and acquired to the Library and how the collections should be evaluated and developed. In its collection policy, the Library will take into account the priorities for education and research that have been stated in Uniarts Helsinki’s strategy.
The libraries accept donations they have previously agreed to receive. A deed of transfer is drawn up on all donated materials. The material becomes the property of the library, and the library may treat the materials as it sees fit. The selection criteria are primarily the same as for other materials. Publications that are not included in collections can be made available for students, sold in the library’s stock sales, or destroyed.
The University of the Arts Helsinki was founded when the Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius-Academy, and Theatre Academy merged in 2013. Each of the four Uniarts library units has its own interesting history.
Academy of Fine Arts library
Academy of Fine Arts library
The Drawing School of the Art Society of Finland was founded in 1848. The school operated as the Finnish Art Academy School from 1939 to 1985 when the school became state-owned and changed its name to the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.
The Academy of Fine Arts’ long history as the premiere art fine arts education provider in Finland has given strong foundations for the birth of the Academy’s fine arts-centred library. The Academy of Fine Arts’ library was founded officially in 1985, although the collection of literature to support teaching and studying had begun earlier. Book donations were important in the early phases of the Academy’s library. The library’s board, which consisted mainly of the academy’s teachers and later the library committee, was essential in its efforts to expand the collections with relevant materials. In August 1992, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts hired an educated librarian to work full-time in the library. The Academy’s library joined the joint art university library system in 1995. Close cooperation with other art libraries was essential for the library’s development. The Academy became an institute of higher education in 1993, and after its transformation into a university in 1998, the library became a university library.
The Academy’s library has been located on several different premises during its history. The library was located in Yrjönkatu together with the Academy until the autumn of 2003, after which the entire Academy relocated to new premises in Taiteen Talo, Sörnäinen. The library operated in Kasarmikatu from May 2006 to June 2008, after which the library returned to premises next to Sörnäinen’s Taiteen Talo and near the Academy. In January 2014, the Academy’s library was relocated to Elimäenkatu, which currently hosts the entre Academy of Fine Arts.
Sibelius Academy Library
Sibelius Academy Library
The Sibelius Academy Library was opened in 1885 as part of the former Helsinki Music Institute. In 1924, the name of the institute was changed to the Helsinki Conservatory and, in 1939, to Sibelius Academy. In 1931, the former Helsinki Conservatory moved into its own building at Pohjoinen Rautatienkatu 9. The library operated at the Töölönkatu premises from 1983 until summer 2011, when it moved to the premises of Helsinki Music Centre.
The library has been run by distinguished musicians, including composer Helvi Leiviskä, pianist Matti Rautio, and composer Seppo Nummi. Since 1980, the library has been open to all visitors, serving music enthusiasts across the country.
Sibelius Academy Kuopio Library
Sibelius Academy Kuopio Library
In the early 1960s, the library of Sibelius Academy’s church music and organ department in Kuopio, Kuopio Conservatory, and Savonia University of Applied Sciences’ music and dance department was founded after the proposal by the women’s board of Kuopio Music Institute (which later became a conservatory). In 1995, Sibelius Academy took over responsibility for the library. In 2009, the library relocated to new and larger premises on the fourth floor of Kuopio Music Centre.
Theatre Academy Library
Theatre Academy Library
The idea of forming a central library for theatre was first proposed in 1954 by the then-head of the Finnish National Theatre, Professor Arvi Kivimaa. The idea was executed in 1956, during which the central library for theatre was created from the book collections of the Central Organisation of Finnish Theatre Associations and the Finnish Theatre School. The library was first managed so that a Central Organisation representative worked as the librarian while a few Theatre School students handled loans and other related assignments.
In 1974, a full-time librarian was employed, and the library relocated to its own premises in Vuorikatu. After its founding, the library’s collections were expanded mainly through donations made by private persons and societies.
The Theatre Academy was founded in 1979, which led to the library merger between the Central Organisation of Finnish Theatre Associations, Finnish Theatre School, and Svenska Teaterskolan. The libraries’ collections were combined and ceded to the new Theatre Academy Library.
In 1992, the library’s name was changed from the Central Library of Theatre to the Central Library of Theatre and Dance. The library has worked under its current name, Theatre Academy Library, officially since 2001, which was also the year for relocating the library’s services together with the rest of Theatre Academy to the Kookos facilities in Sörnäisten Rantatie. In the 21st century, the library’s collections were expanded to also provide materials on other performing arts, such as dance, performance, light design, and sound design.
Evaluation and Development
Uniarts Helsinki Library develops and evaluates its operations continuously. On its own behalf, the library puts the strategy of the University of the Arts Helsinki into practice. The library services are developed in a user-oriented fashion and in cooperation with other Uniarts service areas.
The Library operates on the following principles:
- a united library of experts
- meaningful work
- supporting the arts in cooperation with others
- changing boldly with the times
The Library collects feedback from its users. You can leave feedback e.g. using a feedback form or via e-mail. You can also leave feedback in the library premises in written form or tell your views to the staff. The Library holds regular surveys to support the evaluation and development of library services.