New Student

Information for new students

 Welcome to the library!

Are you a new student at Hanken? This is a brief presentation of the library services that you will need right from the start.
Are you studying at the Vaasa campus? Then go to this page.

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Autumn 2021

During Autumn 2021 the library will be working under exceptional conditions due to COVID-19. The library in Helsinki will be open for lending service Monday-Friday 9-16 for degree students and staff starting from 23.8.2021. Apart from the assistance in lending service the library staff will be working remote. If you need help with different matters, please contact us by sending an email to Other than help with lending service the library staff does not give any assistance or arrange any meetings in person. Please note that we do offer advice and training via Microsoft Teams instead. The library's premises can be used for individual studies but remember to respect social distancing rules. The library recommends that all meetings regarding group work are done remotely. 


In order to borrow books you need to visit the library to get a library card. You can apply for a library card online.

There are self check machines for loans and returns. When using the check out machine a pin code is needed. Please log in to the search service Hanna in beforehand and set your own pin code. See the instruction video about connecting your card in Hanna.

More information about the lending rules and loan periods.

The library charge fees for i.e. overdue loans and book reservations. For all fees see the


Text books


The loan period for text books is 7 days.

There are also reading room copies of all text books, that can be used in the library or borrowed as night loans or weekend loans. The reading room copies may be checked out one hour before closing time. The weekend loans may be reserved by filling in a form that is available in the book.

Note that there is an overdue fee of 15 € for reading room copies. The overdue fee for text books is 0,70 €/day.

Some text books are available also as e-books. You will find them in the search service Hanna, as well as the printed book.

The book collection

Books other than text books belongs to the book collection, which is placed in the so called book cave in the basement floor. The loan period is 28 days.

Newspapers, journals

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Newspapers and e-journals are available on two iPads in the Help zone. Electronic newspapers are available through the database PressDisplay (international newspapers), Finnish newspapers are available via ePress. You can also make an account for Financial Times Online.
These databases can also be used by remote access by logging in to Hanna.

What is Hanna?

Hanna is the primary search service for the library resources. In Hanna you can search for printed as well as electronic material using one search box.

For remote access to the licensed electronic sources you need to log in to Hanna using your Hanken user name and password.

Training and help with information retrieval

The library supports you in finding information for your studies. You may, for example:

  • sign up to a training session in information retrieval
  • use the self help guides in information retrieval or referencing
  • book a time with a librarian
  • pop by and ask for help.

In Autumn 2020 we are organizing workshops about information retrieval and referencing in Teams, feel free to join!

Study in the library


Make yourself comfortable in the library and use it as a study environment. The library premises contain:

  • a quiet reading zone (the reading room)
  • the study area (bring your own laptop)
  • a computer room
  • places for group work (the book cave)

We are there to help you!

Please turn to the library staff for help or send an e-mail to  We are there to help you.