FAQ - Taskukirjasto

What is Taskukirjasto?

Taskukirjasto™ is a mobile application for customers of Helmet library. Taskukirjasto allows you to renew your loans, search for material, and make reservations with just a few screen touches. You will also get suggestions for material to read, and you can check the opening hours and contact information of libraries. You can use Taskukirjasto in Finnish, Swedish and English. Read more about Taskukirjasto.

How do I reserve a book using Taskukirjasto?

Log in the application by entering your library card number and PIN. 

Write the name of the book, the author's name or ISBN code on the search line, or direct the search camera on the book’s EAN code. Press the image of the magnifying glass.

Choose from the list the book you want and press the reserve button under it (icon where the book falls on a hand).

Choose the pickup library by pressing the search line and choose the name of the library on the menu that opens. Confirm your reservation by pressing the Send button. You will get a message of a successful reservation.

If the reservation does not succeed, you can log in your own information on Helmet.fi and check whether you have overdue loans or whether your library fees exceed 30 euros. You can also call your local library's customer service.

How can I change the pickup place, add a default pickup place or freeze my reservation?

In Taskukirjasto you can only cancel your reservations. Other modifications for reservations can only be done by logging in on Helmet.fi.

Modifying, freezing and cancelling reservations in Helmet.fi.

Why does the automaton not read the library card's barcode in Taskukirjasto?

If your local library's checkout machine does not read the card's barcode from your phone, increase the display's brightness level. If it doesn't help, you can ask an employee to read the barcode on the service point's reader. We are trying to devise a better solution.

How do I borrow an e-book?

You can read e-books either by a browser or with publishers’ own applications. See instructions on Helmet.fi´s eLibrary

How do I make a friend loan?

Log in Taskukirjasto and go to Friend loan.

The borrower scans or writes in the opening field the library barcode of the book that his/her friend has currently loaned (not the publisher's code) and presses enter.

The application contacts the lender (this may take a while) and asks for approval to the loan. If the time limit is exceeded, re-write the barcode.

After approval, the application updates the loan on your friend’s card and puts a new due date for the loan. After reading the book, you can return it to the library’s check-in machine as usual.

Friend loan will not succeed if

  • there are reservations for the item
  • if the item cannot be reserved (e.g., bestsellers) or
  • if the item has been renewed for the maximum number of times.

How do I make an address or name change?

For the time being, you can only change your own information by logging in Helmet.fi. Log in your own information, click on your name and choose Change contact information.

What is NFC?

In Vantaa City libraries you can borrow Bestseller-books with Taskukirjasto's NFC-function. Further tests are being carried out with Taskukirjasto and Near Field Communication technology. In Martinlaakso library and special events Taskukirjasto allows you to borrow items from the intelligent self service shelf just by touching the items with your phone. To do this your phone must support NFC.

A question for you: How would you develop Taskukirjasto´s Favorites section?

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