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Guide for new students

Welcome to Hanken's Library! This guide is aimed for helping new students on all levels getting started using the Hanken Library services. Here you also find useful tips on how to search information in databases and how to use proper reference technique.

Hanken Library in Helsinki

Hanken Library in Helsinki is located in the main building of Hanken. The library serves students and staff but is also open to everyone carrying out studies or research in the field of economics and business administration. Through the library collections you get access to a wide range of both printed and electronic literature within your field of study. 

The study environment in the library consists mainly of quiet reading spaces. The Book Cave and the Skills lab in the Help Zone are available for group work. The computers in the computer class are reserved for students at Hanken. The Hanken wireless network is available in the library.

Click on the picture below for a virtual tour of the library:

Library card

You need a library card and a PIN-code to be able to borrow books. The library card is distributed during the Introduction Days for all new Bachelor's students. If you have not received a library card you can apply for a library card online.

After receiving your library card you need to activate the card in the Hanna search service. Watch the tutorial below (1:25) for instructions.

Borrowing and returning books

Use the self check machines for loans and returns.

The loan periods are:

  • Text books: 7 days
  • Reading room copies of text books:
    • reading room loans 2 hours during library opening hours
    • over night loans from 17.00 until 10.00 the following working day 
    • weekend loans from Fridays at 15.00 until 10.00 the following working day
  • Other books: 28 days

When the library is closed, books can be returned in the box outside the library's main entrance. When the Hanken main building is closed, books can be returned through the book return slot at Hanken's main entrance. Borrowed material must be returned or renewed the latest by the due date. Items returned after the due date incur a fee: 

  • text books 0,70 €/book/day
  • other books 0,50 €/book/day
  • reading room copies 15 €/book

The overdue fines can be paid as either online payment through Hanna or by card at the library's service desk. More information on the lending rules is found through the link below:


Unavailable items can be reserved online through Hanna.

  • You will be sent an email when the item is available.
  • The reserved book will be kept on the pick-up shelf for four days. You will find the book arranged on the shelf by your last name.
  • You can only reserve a book if it is not available in the library.
  • Weekend loans of reading room copies can only be reserved at the library.  
  • Reserving a book costs 1 euro and reservations for text books that remain unclaimed for four (4) days incur an extra 1 euro fee. 

Interlibrary loans

Books and articles that aren't available from the Hanken library, can be requested for free as inter library loan. More information about this service is available on the library’s homepage. 

Printing, copying, scanning

All printing, scanning and copying at Hanken is done with multi-function copiers (printer, scanner and copier in one unit). As a student you need to buy credits in order to be able to use the copiers. More information found through the link below.

Other libraries in the Helsinki region

As a student in Helsinki you can register as customer at other university libraries or public libraries. Through the national search portal Finna you can easily check what literature is available at other libraries in the Helsinki region or in other parts of Finland. 

Students with reading disabilities

Students who are visually impaired or have a print disability (i.e. dyslexia) may use text books in the format of audio books. Hanken's library uses the services of the Celia library (national library for accessible literature and publishing), and we'll help you register as a user in Celia. Accessing text books as audio books is a service that requires forward planning and a long-term perspective. Contact the library at the start of your studies if this is a service you need. E-mail the library or come see us at the library service desk.

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