Loan periods and fees

Loan periods

General loan period 28 days

Bestsellers 14 days

The most demanded music CDs 14 days

DVDs and Blu-ray discs 14 days

Console games 14 days

Objects 1-28 days (depending on the object)

E-materials 1-28 days (depending on the service)

Number of simultaneous loans:

Console games 5

All other materials 100

Joint fees charged by Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa City Libraries

Overdue fees

Overdue fee/day/adult item/loan €0,20

Maximum overdue fee/loan €6,00

Replacing a lost or damaged library card €3,00 (adults) / €2,00  (under 15 years of age)

Maximum outstanding debt

You will lose your borrowing rights if your outstanding debt is €30,00 or more.

Compensating for items and paying the fees

You will have to compensate for lost or damaged material by paying a price which is charged according to the item’s value registered in the library’s database. If you wish to substitute a similar item for the material lost or damaged, you will have to settle each case separately with the library. You cannot substitute a similar item for a video cassette, BD disc, DVD disc or console game. These must always be compensated for by paying the price mentioned below. The library will not refund the compensation price even if you later find the material you have compensated for. You can pay the fees (except for collection) at any Helmet library or online The library will not refund any fees paid.

Compensation prices for lost or damaged materials 

DVD, Blu-ray disc, console game / adults’ material €42,00 / item

DVD, Blu-ray disc, console game / children’s material €17,00 / item

Single magazine / adults’ material €5,00 / copy

Single magazine / children’s material €3,00 / copy

Compensation prices for all other materials will be charged according to the item’s value registered in the library’s database. However, a minimum of €17,00 will be charged for items from the adults’ department, and a minimum of €9,00 for children’s material.


Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa City Libraries transfer their outstanding fees to be collected by the collection office Lindorff Oy approximately 60 days after the due date. With effect from 1st April 2014 the collection concerns items borrowed by a person 18 years of age or older. The collection office invoices city-specific compensation fees, its own collection fees and the legal penalty interest for the item.

Copies and prints

Printing costs are city-specific. 

Printing fees:

Espoo free of charge 20 pages/customer

Vantaa free of charge 20 pages/customer

Kauniainen 0,40 euros/page

Helsinki: PDF (in Finnish)

The libraries also have rooms which can be rented for events. You can find the rent prices for these rooms in each librarys own services. 

Products for sale

Plastic bag €0,40

Canvas bag €2,50

Books withdrawn from the collections €0,20 – €35,00 / item

Other potential products for sale are priced separately by the library.

Other fees

Text messages

Your mobile phone operator will charge a fee for hold pickup notices and due date reminders sent as text messages. The instructions for activating the service are to be found at the site -> Info -> Using the library -> Hold pickup notice and due date reminder.

Interlibrary loan fee

Please check the library-specific interlibrary fees at the site  -> Libraries and services -> Interlibrary loans  ->  Fees for interlibrary loans.


A fax service is available at some libraries in Helsinki. Please check the availability and pricing at  -> Libraries and services.

Download and print loan periods and fees (pdf)