The library's collections offer rich and versatile materials from the fields of arts and science in printed and electronic format.

Arts and information

Uniarts Helsinki library collections offer materials for different arts to support students, teachers, and researchers. Journals, books and audio-visual materials from visual arts, music and performing arts are available comprehensively. The library also hosts a significant collection of sheet music and plays. Audio visual materials in various formats can be stramed, borrowed, or listened to in the library facilities. Read more about library locations’ facilities and equipment.

More information about the loan periods and policies is available on the Services page. Printed and electronic materials can be found through Uniarts Helsinki’s search service Arsca.

Library’s databases provide academic articles, visual materials, music, plays, operas, and more, in electronic format. Suggest new materials for acquisition.

Library’s Research Guides contain information about materials in your field, tips on how to search for information, and how to use online materials.

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Theses and dissertations

You can find all printed and electronic Uniarts theses and dissertations via Arsca. Electronic theses can also be browsed e.g. on a school level in Uniarts publication archive Taju. Theses are stored in the library, with the exception of Academy of Fine Arts whose theses documentations from 1995-2012 are stored at the Academy of Fine Arts archives (Kaikukatu), and from 2013 at the Uniarts archive (N-building). In Theatre Academy library the artistic parts related to theses are also stored.

Special collections

The library holds rare exclusive collections that contain materials that have regional or cultural-historical significance. Some of the collections have been received as donations from domestic cultural personas or art institutes. The library also holds a valuable collection of composition manuscripts. The original manuscripts cannot be accessed by customers. In most cases, they can be scanned and published in Taju for research purposes. 

The Academy of Fine Arts hosts artist Lars-Gunnar Nordström’s (1924-2014) special collection of books (catalogue in Taju). Due to the extent of the collection only part of the Nordström’s collections titles are available in Arsca search service.

The Viipurin Näyttämö library collection includes play manuscripts and printed plays which represent plays performed on the Viipuri stage before World War II. Viipurin Näyttämö collection has been catalogued in Arsca and is available for reading room use in the Theatre Academy library. 

In Sibelius Academy you can use valuable music anthologies and collected works of ca. 130 composers. In addition the library stores: