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    Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries

    • Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries
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      Country Finland
      Established 1976
      Location Helsinki Metropolitan Area
      Branches 63 libraries, one reading room (journals), six bookmobiles
      Collection
      Size 3.4 million items
      Access and use
      Circulation more than 17 million
      Population served annual visits approx. 17 million, of which more than 5 million are online library visitors
      Other information
      Director

      Espoo: Jaana Tyrni
      Helsinki: Tuula Haavisto
      Kauniainen: Piritta Numminen

      Vantaa: Mikko Vainio
      Staff 900 library and media professionals
      Website www.helmet.fi/en-US

      Espoo: Jaana Tyrni
      Helsinki: Tuula Haavisto
      Kauniainen: Piritta Numminen

      Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries (HelMet) is a library network in Finland. It consists of the city libraries of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, and Vantaa.

      All libraries in HelMet have common operating rules, procedures, and services. The same library card can be used at any library in the network. Patrons can request material from any library in the network. They can also return and renew materials at any library in the network.

      The HelMet network consists of 63 locations and six library buses. The regional book storage facility is located at the Main Library in Pasila. The 844 m² storage facility's collection includes more than 200 000 books and over 900 magazine annual volumes. Music related materials are stored at the Tikkurila Library in Tikkurila.

      The libraries of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area have been working together since 1976. At the time, they purchased their first common computer-based circulation system. In the 1980s, customers were given regionally common library cards.

      In 2002, the third joint library data management system was taken into use. Experiences from using the system and its capabilities inspired closer cooperation within the library network. This led to the creation of a common collection, which is now in constant use by the whole population of the Capital Region.

      According to a study conducted by Taloustutkimus, HelMet was Finland's second most valued online brand in 2012, bested only by Google.



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