Self-service libraries

Self-service libraries are equipped with a system that enables customers to use the library independently. You can also use these libraries outside the opening hours. 

During the self-service hours, there is no staff in the library but the premises are monitored using technology like cameras. In a self-service library, you can usually borrow and return materials, use customer computers, read magazines and newspapers, work or have meetings. A wireless network is available. The staff service hours and self-service hours are listed on each library’s website.

The self-service libraries currently available are Herttoniemi, Laajasalo, Lauttasaari, PaloheinäSuomenlinna, and Viikki libraries in Helsinki, Haukilahti, Kalajärvi, Karhusuo, Kauklahti, Laajalahti, Laaksolahti, Nöykkiö, Otaniemi, Saunalahti, Suurpelto, and Viherlaakso libraries in Espoo and Kivistö, Länsimäki, Point and Pähkinärinne libraries in Vantaa. Kauniainen library is also open for self-service. Customers can get into these libraries using their Helmet library card and PIN code. We will provide information about the opening of new self-service libraries at

Espoo self-service libraries' rules

Helsinki self-service libraries' rules

Kauniainen self-service library rules

Vantaa self-service libraries’ rules

Other use outside the opening hours

There are also libraries that do not have an actual self-service library system but are available to local communities outside the opening hours by other means.

Käpylä library's premises can be used by local associations outside the opening hours.