What is Finna?


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Finna.fi provides free access to material from Finnish museums, libraries and archives.

You can browse and read material available on the web.

You can also renew loans and reserve material from various libraries in one place.

Finna.fi is your one stop destination for accessing freely available material provided by our partner organisations.


Other Finna search services

Finna is a search service containing several sites in addition to the nationwide finna.fi site. The content of organisation-specific sites is usually limited to the material from that individual organisation.

Finna is continuously evolving, and will gradually replace the user interfaces of all Finnish libraries, archives and museums. At the moment, more than 100 organisations are involved in Finna, the following of provide their own Finna search functions:

At the moment, some Finnish libraries, archives and museums have yet to join Finna, but new organizations are continually enlisting. Our goal is that most national memory institution, including all public libraries, will adopt Finna by 2020. If your library, archive or museum is not yet on Finna, please contact the customer services team.



Digital resources

International and scientific digital collections

Finna sites hosted by university libraries and libraries of the universities of applied sciences contain international, scientific and electronic library material compiled and provided by an outsourced party for a fee. Most of this material is limited to students and staff of the institutions of higher education in question. To access these digital resources log into your library's Finna website using the username provided by your institution of higher education.

Finna replaced Nelli

The Nelli portal, used by libraries to offer digital resources, particularly magazines, was one of the services replaced by Finna. Nelli was phased out from all Finnish libraries by the end of 2016. Nowadays, these digital resources are available from your library’s local Finna website or other service provided by your library for this purpose. Contact your library’s customer services team for more information.



Finna is much more than a search service

Finna allows users not only the ability to search for material, but also to gain access to it. Currently, the following libraries provide services including the ability to reserve materials, renew loans and other activities on Finna:

After logging into Finna these servicess are available to you with a library card from the library in question.

You can apply for permission to use certain archival materials by following the links provided in association with the data you are seeking.

In the future, digital museum services will also be available on Finna.



About Finna

Terms of use

Finna’s catalogues are freely available, but statutory or contractual restrictions may apply to the digital images and back cover texts displayed in Finna, as well as to the digital content and metadata linked to on Finna. Read more about terms of use.

The Finna API

The open interface of the finna.fi service at api.finna.fi brings the metadata produced by participating libraries, archives and museums to the public. This interface also includes links to images and other material that is provided through the finna.fi service, but may be subject to restrictions.

Development of Finna

Finna will be developed gradually as new organisations join the service. The beta version of the service was launched in December 2012; the first official version was launched in October 2013. If you cannot find the information that you are looking for on Finna, check back later to see if it has been added.

Organisations responsible for Finna

The National Library of Finland bears the main responsibility for developing and maintaining Finna, but the actual development of Finna is carried out together with Finna partners. The archives, libraries and museums involved with Finna are responsible for its content. Finna is part of the National Digital Library (NDL) project of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Finna software

Finna was built using VuFind and other open-source software, and its source code is freely available to all. Read more about the development of the software.