About this site

The Helmet web library (www.helmet.fi) is a joint e-library service provided by the city libraries of Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa. The service contains city library contact details, opening hours and information on event and services. In addition, the Helmet web library contains a catalogue of the collections, information retrieval services, material descriptions and the possibility to use the customer's own information. The online service is provided in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian. The Finnish website is the largest one.

Using the service

The edited content of the online service and the catalogue of collections can be used freely. Creating your own account requires a library card with a PIN. Browsing loans, renewing loans, reserving material, viewing borrowing history, making check lists, assessing materials, storing search statements and updating contact details are all functions of the customer account. Account usage is protected with SSL encryption. You can find further information on using the search function and your own account in the instructions for Helmet searches.

Service environment

The Helmet search (material search and user account information) is part of the city libraries’ joint library system. The system is supplied by Innovative Interfaces Global Ltd. The hosting service is provided by Tieto Finland Oy.

The joint application manager and maintenance team of city libraries manage matters related to the operation of the system and maintenance of the search function.

The Helmet search is not responsive, but will switch over to the mobile device version if the software identifies an Android or iOS mobile device.

The Helmet online service (library contact details, services and events) is a website produced in cooperation with the Metropolitan area city libraries. The supplier of the publishing system is Fujitsu Finland Oy, which is also responsible for the hosting service of the website. The Helmet online service is responsive, which means that it adapts to the user’s device.

The website uses small pieces of data called cookies.Cookies are used to collect data about the user, e.g. from which website the user is coming from, which of our webpages the user has browsed and when, which browser they are using, what their user interface or display resolution is, as well as what their IP address is, i.e. which web address is sending and receiving the user’s information.

With the help of cookies, we can monitor the number of visits to our service and analyse and develop the website to better serve visitors. The user can disable the use of cookies by changing their browser settings so that downloading cookies is disabled. Disabling cookies will, however, affect the usability of the service. In order for you to process your own information (reserve material, renew loans, etc.), your browser must accept cookies from our website.

The online editor is responsible for the content of the website and the graphic designer / webmaster is responsible for the appearance of the service.

Customer Register