Using the library

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Checking out

When checking out material you have to present a valid library card. Sipoo municipal library forms together with 11 other Uusimaa municipal libraries the Helle-libraries. The same library card works for all other Helle-libraries. You are responsible for all materials that have been checked out to your card.

Due dates vary depending on the material in question and demand. Maximum number of items checked out at one time is 100. Certain restrictions apply to AV-material. We follow age ratings for movies.

If you are not allowed to check out items from one of the Helle-libraries, you cannot check out items from the other libraries.


Material you have checked out should be returned at the latest by closing on the due date. Outside library open hours you can return material to the library's return chute and it will be registered as returned next day library is open.

The main library's and Söderkulla library's return chutes are by the front entrance.

Material you have checked out from another Helle-library may be returned to another Helle-library. Interlibrary loans should be returned to the library you have checked it out from.


You may renew your checked out items a maximum of 6 times, as long as there are no active holds on them.

You can renew your checked out items through the library web site, in the library or by telephone.

Do the following

You can acquire your library card and the personal PIN code from the nearest library. The library will provide you with a card for borrowing materials in your municipality or from the library union operating in your municipality.

When collecting the library card, bring an identification, passport or, in exceptional circumstances, another identification card provided by the authorities. You cannot obtain a library card without a personal visit to the library. A child needs an application filled by his/her guardian for his/her library card.

You can apply for a library card for yourself or a child under 15 in My services. Choose "Leisure time and youth" and "Library card application". You can choose if you want to pick up your library card from the main library in Nikkilä or Söderkulla library. You will get a message in My services when the card is ready.

Young adults between the ages of 16 and 18 can apply for a library card in the library. Remember to have an identity card, eg. Kela-card, with you!

To whom and on what terms

You can visit the library freely and use materials like books, magazines and digital materials, e-magazines and databases. For checking out material you need a library card. The library card's number together with your PIN works as an identifier when using digital services.

Every library has its own rules. The rules define users' rights and duties.

You can visit libraries freely and use materials such as magazines, books and digital materials; electronic magazines and databases. A library card is required for borrowing. The card's numeric code together with a personal PIN code serve as identifiers when using the online services.

Each library has its own user regulations. These regulations define the rights and responsibilities of the users.

Using the library’s own materials, borrowing and making reservations, spending time in the library and guidance and advise are free of charge. A fee may be charged for interlibrary loans, copying materials and using assembly facilities. These details are defined in the user regulations of each library.

Payment details

Using the materials in the library, checking out and placing holds, spending time in the library and information services are free of charge. Interlibrary loans, printing and copying and meeting room may incur a fee. Consult your local library's rules for more information.

Basic information and legislation

Libraries are meeting places and culture centres open to everyone. Libraries offer magazines, books, music, films and other materials for your use either on site or to be borrowed and taken home. Libraries also offer room for studying, hobbies and passing time. In addition, guidance, assistance, events and exhibitions are organised. In libraries, you can connect to a wireless network and use computers equipped with the most common software. Many libraries also offer different kinds of items to be borrowed. Library staff provide help and assistance in all questions related to the available material and services.

Most libraries’ collections also include digital materials. The libraries’ national online services at the website are open for everyone, as well as the service of the National Library of Finland. Your own library also provides you with titles from the Multilingual Library and the library for the visually impaired, Celia. There is also a web-based library of material in signed languages, the Sign Language Library.

Library card application to Helle-libraries

Library card application to Helle-libraries

Library card application to Helle-libraries

Library card application to Helle-libraries