Information retrieval

Sources for information retrieval and other useful links in English

Multilingual library

Multilingual Library offers people living anywhere in Finland a chance to read literature in their native language. Multilingual collection is situated in the Helsinki City Library – Central Public Library, but you can ask for these items through your own local library. is a professional library service and a web library that provides access to Finnish Library Net Services under one user interface. The English version is a shorter one and serves mainly as an introduction to the Finnish Library Services and to finding information about Finland.

InfoFinland is a multi-language website providing vital information to people planning to move to Finland and to immigrants already living in the country.

Ask a librarian

The Ask a Librarian service is the free online reference service of the Finnish libraries. There are more than 70 libraries, both public and special libraries, answering your questions.

Frank Metasearch

Frank Metasearch is intended for localizing materials, in other words you can find out at which libraries the material you are looking for is available or may be requested.

Librivox - free public domain audiobooks

LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile device. in English provides free access to material from Finnish museums, libraries and archives.You can browse and read material available on the web.

You can also renew loans and request material from various libraries in one place. is your one stop destination for searching the freely available material provided by the partner organisations.

A shortcut to research-based knowledge

Research-based knowledge is for everyone! It opens our minds and inspires us to think in new ways. The search service gives you access to a wealth of Finnish open access research knowledge in a single search.

On this page we introduce research-based material that is available directly online. Explore the ready shortcuts and find our best search tips.

Research-based knowledge is for everyone! It opens our minds and inspires us to think in new ways.