A library card (Helka card) can be obtained from the Library by presenting proof of identity. Private persons and local libraries, archives, civil service departments as well as other institutions are entitled to take books out of the library subject to the limitations placed on the use of the collections.
Getting a Helka card requires a Finnish social security number. Foreign nationals permanently residing in Finland can obtain it from the local register office.
A Helka card is personal, and its cardholder is responsible for the materials loaned. The Library should be notified immediately of a change of address or lost card.
The card is valid for three years. Customer information should be updated every other year.
A University of Helsinki student or employee card, either Unicard or Lyyra, can also be activated as a Helka card.
The Helka card is always needed when borrowing books, renewing loans, or reserving books currently on loan.