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Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries (Helmet)

Helsinki City Library

Address: Rautatieläisenkatu 8

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Library details: Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries (Helmet) is a Consortium.
This library is affiliated with Helsingin kaupunginkirjasto (view map) . The collection of the library contains 3,700,000 volumes. The library circulates 16,000,000 items per year. The library serves a population of 1,100,000 .

Other Info: Helmet libraries is a functional consortium of four public libraries in Helsinki area (Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa City Libraries). Helmet libraries have more than 60 branches, 6 book mobiles, several hospital libraries and homebound services serving a population of ca. 1.1 million. The annual circulation is ca. 16 million checkouts and number of holds ca. 2.5 million. There are 700 000 bibliographic records in the database, 3.7 million item records and 700 000 patron records. The number of visits to Helmet Web Site and Catalog ( in 2015 totalled 8.6 million. Number of selfcheck devices (SIP2) in Helmet Libraries is 200+. We use selfcheck-out automats, selfcheck-in automats and selfcheck-in automats with sorting capability provided by local vendors ATP Automation, Mikro-Väylä and P.V.Supa. At this time both barcode and RFID technology are used.

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Organizational structure: The library is part of a publicly-funded organization.

Statistics Consortium
Service Population 1,100,000Residents
Collection size3,700,000volumes
Annual Circulation16,000,000transactions

wi-fi available Wireless: The library offers wireless access to the Internet.

Technology Profile
Product NameYear Contracted
Current Automation SystemSierra2013
Previous Automation SystemMillennium2002
Previous Automation SystemPLUS1993
Previous Automation SystemLocally developed1978
Discovery InterfaceEncore2010
Catalog EnhancementChiliFresh 
Federated search productNone 
Item ID TypeBarcode 
RFID Tag TypeHF 
The library participates in the shared automation system provided by the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Library System (view map)
This library is responsible for the procurement of the library automation system.
(The system currently named PLUS by Geac was previously called Libs100 or Libs100PLUS from a company called CLSI.)

Automation Survey: The 2017 Automation Survey has been completed for this Library

Identifiers ID41886

Record History: This listing was created on Jan 20, 2009 and was last modified on Nov 2, 2017.

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