The objective of the library and information services provided by public libraries is to promote equal opportunities among citizens for personal cultivation, for literary and cultural pursuits, for continuous development of knowledge, personal skills and civic skills, for internationalisation, and for lifelong learning.
Library activities also aim at promoting the development of virtual and interactive network services and their educational and cultural contents.
Purpose of Helsinki City Library
Helsinki City Library provides a basic civic service available to everyone. As a part of the worldwide network of libraries, we offer clients unrestricted access to sources of culture and information.
As part of local community and on an interactive basis we develop the library services needed by Helsinki residents in order to be active members of society and enjoy life.
Helsinki City Library Vision 2000 - 2005 The whole nation’s ‘hybrid library’, serving locally, acting nationally, esteemed internationally.
Helsinki City Library Vision 2010
The boundless library – a source of enlightenment and inspiration throughout you life.
The jury’s grounds for granting the Finnish Quality Award 2008 Proactiveness, pioneership and exellence in operations In the operations of the Helsinki City Library, the whole orgainsation’s active, innovative and customer-oriented development of operations, products and services is emphasised. It shows the organisation’s pinoeership in both the change in the operating environment and in answering customer needs.
The Quality Innovation Award 2008 Library 10, open and urban space for meeting people, creating and performing culture The jury’s grounds for granting the Quality innovation Award 2008: Located in the city centre, Library 10 encourages customers to consume culture, and in addition, create it, by offering versatile facilities and equipment. In Library 10 they’ve noticed that the world is changing and they’ve risen to this challenge with modern means and accomplished very good results. Thanks to this new operational model there are many new persons using the library, who have never patronized there before.
The use of collection 1989 ja 2008 816 000 (8,7 %) (725 000 DVD) 3 333 (0,05%) Visual recordings (DVDs, BDs, videos) 207 000 (2,2 %) - Other (sheet music, maps, CD-roms) 297 000 (3,2%) 50 828 (0,8 %) Newspapers, magazines 1, 575 miljoonaa (16,7%) 275 591 (4,6 %) Recordings (music, talk) 3 200 (0,0034 %) - E-books 6,505 miljoonaa (69,2 %) 5,7 miljoonaa (94,5 %) Books 9,4 million 6,0 million Loans 2008 1989
Facts about Helsinki, Finland, UK and Sweden 2008 52,80 £ 5,4 - - 101 million 5 298 4540 35 364 456 58 % Public Library Members 60, 9 million UK 1,26 4,8 4,9 AV-loan per capita 43,2 million 40,5 million 1, 8 million Collection 5877 4764 502 Staff 2 629 000 28,54% 2 179 923 41,34% 212 862 37,44% Loaners (% of inhabitants) 31,90 £ 47,40 £ 52,90 £ Costs per capita 7,40 10,55 11,29 Visits per capita 7,48 18,92 16,54 Loans per capita 1291 833 36 Number of libraries 9,2 million 5,3 million 568 531 Inhabitants Sweden (2007) Finland Helsinki
All kinds of events
Video recording events
Broadcasting video & audio online
In touch with the times : Eurovision karaoke 2007 Customer can sing favorite Eurovision song on to a CD and take part in an Internet Competition
In touch with the times: Festival Bus The bus is loaded with items that is relevant to the theme of the festival, e.g. CDs of the artists performing at the festival. The Festival Bus is a joint venture between Library 10 and the Mobile Library unit.
Do you want to be something?
Do you want to be musician?
Do you want to be actor?
Do you want to be TV host?
Co-operating with Job Centre
Voice for library services:
Secrets of Helsinki
Present at the various events
Published & broadcasted through radio & web .
Laptop services @ Meeting Point
Local library media days
Information Gas Station iGS On air On the road On the web
Answers, guidance and entertainment
Treshold to participation as low as possible
Customers participate in creating the content
Promoting library materials and personnels expertise
iGS on the road: The Information barrel
Fast and flexible touring
Designed to function in various conditions
The Barrel has visited shopping malls, festivals, fairs, schools etc.
Co-operation with Finnish Broadcasting Company
Question of the week - answer given in live radio programme
Over 70 000 listeners
Co-operation, not marketing
Teaching and ”librarish” elements are hidden
iGS on air – “Ask anything”
Library goes where the people are
Reaching the non-users
Library 2.0 extending beyond web services and use of new applications
Using all three iGS ”products” to market library services
Enhancing information seeking skills of the whole staff
Three functions, three rooms
Non-commercial meeting place
For all – for free
Versatility of medias
To meet like-minded
Three functions, three rooms
Development - Individual’s development; individual needs as starting point - Abilities: literacy, it-literacy, media-literacy - Economical development - Social development, for example energy, consumption, environment
Three functions, three rooms
- Identity - local, regional, national, international
Helsinki City Library is… HelMet-library (Helsinki Metropolitan Area: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen, 1 million people) A Central Library for Public Libraries Multicultural Library The Home Library for Citizens in Helsinki
THE FINNISH LIBRARY NETWORK Ministry of Education/Kirsti Kekki, August 2000 Central Library for Public Libraries. Multilingual Library . (Helsinki City Library) MUNICIPAL LIBRARIES = PUBLIC LIBRARIES (895 excl. Åland) LIBRARIES OF RESEARCH INSTITUTES THE FINNISH LIBRARY FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED (the state library) THE NATIONAL REPOSITORY LIBRARY (the state library in Kuopio) SPECIAL LIBRARIES Provincial Libraries (18 municipal libraries excl. Åland) THE NATIONAL LIBRARY (Helsinki University Library) LIBRARIES IN POLYTECHNICS, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND SCHOOLS THE FINNISH LIBRARY NETWORK LIBRARIES OF UNIVERSITIES (20)
Trademarks for Finnish Public Libraries
High use of public libraries
High use of ICT
Under the Library Act and Library Decree 1998
895 libraries, of which 386 are main libraries. In every municipality is a public library
Run and financed by municipalities
Municipalities receive statutory state aid for operating a library. The local authorities decide independently to what extent they finance libraries’ operational costs.
Nationwide tasks financed by Ministry of Education
Central Library for Public Libraries
Helsinki City Library is…
An active promoter of multiculturalism
The City Library serves as a multilingual library. To this end it supports library services for speakers of foreign languages in Finland. The City Library also operates as a multicultural virtual library, providing useful materials for libraries, foreign-language clients and people working with immigrants.
The Joint Online Service of Public Libraries
The library card is free for all. Publications and services at your disposal – also online!
” Libraries are the intellectual infrastructure of a country. They are as important as a city’s physical infrastructure and deserve as much investment as our roads and bridges. We applaud Helsinki City Library for its commitment and investment, and see it as a model for other countries seeking to make libraries and public access to digital information a priority”
Patty Stonesifer, Co-chair and President of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
So much more than books! Kirjahylly Valpola, Vaula 2005 RikArt, Artists’ Books Gallery