Visiting Helmet libraries safely
Libraries are safe to visit during the coronavirus outbreak. Numerous measures have been implemented at libraries to ensure good hygiene and that visitors can maintain a safe distance from one another, with the aim of allowing everyone to visit libraries safely.
Libraries continue to offer a nearly normal range of services. In addition to the basic services, meaning borrowing and returning items and picking up reservations, you can also use the customer computers, print, copy and scan, read magazines and newspapers, work, study, and book meeting or groupwork rooms and various equipment.
Measures have been taken to ensure that visitors can maintain a safe distance from one another, including spreading out furniture and restricting the number of people allowed to participate in events and enter facilities.
Surfaces and keyboards are cleaned more frequently and thoroughly than before, and the customer service desks have been outfitted with plexiglass guards. Libraries also have hand sanitiser and hand washing stations available.
You should not visit a library if you are ill. It is important to take care of good hand hygiene, maintain a distance of about two metres from other customers and staff and cough and sneeze into a paper tissue or sleeve.
All libraries are complying with the National Institute for Health and Welfare’s and the Ministry of Education and Culture’s currently valid recommendations and the guidelines issued by each city. Library services may be affected by the development of the coronavirus situation and guidelines issued by the authorities. The situation may change on short notice, so we recommend checking the current status of libraries by visiting their websites or by contacting your local library directly.
Facilities and equipment
The majority of library facilities and equipment remain available for use. Facilities and equipment can be reserved via the Varaamo online service in Helsinki at varaamo.hel.fi, in Espoo at varaamo.espoo.fi and in Vantaa at varaamo.vantaa.fi.
Libraries may impose individual restrictions on the maximum capacities of facilities available for reservation. Some equipment may also be unavailable. You can check the current situation on Varaamo or by contacting your local library.
Contact instruction on the use of equipment is currently not provided. Instead, customers are expected to use equipment independently and according to the instructions provided. Please keep this in mind when reserving equipment.
Check the current situation on Varaamo.
Equipment that can be used independently are available at makerspaces.
Equipment that has required the most amount of instruction to use are unavailable for the time being. The Iso Omena woodworking workspace is also closed for the time being. Customers using the studio or reserving the facilities for events should preferably bring and use their own microphones.
The Lumo makerspace can be used for independent work only.
The number of people allowed to participate in events has been limited so that everyone can maintain a safe distance from one another. Libraries also organise online events that you can participate in via the internet.
Instruction and guidance
Instruction situations requiring close contact are primarily avoided. Customers are provided with guidance while maintaining a safe distance and as quickly as possible. You can also receive instruction and guidance online.
Nearly all self-service libraries are open as normal.
Payment of library fees
You can pay nearly all library fees online.
The use of card or contactless payments instead of cash is recommended at all libraries.
Cash is currently not accepted at any libraries in Espoo.