Asiakas tarkastelee kirjoja.


The Library of Finnish Literature Society is a scientific special library focused on the cultural research and literary research.

Our library is open to anyone.

We provide materials and services to researchers and others interested in culture and cultural research as well as Finnish literature and its research.

The Cultural Research Collection

The Literary Studies Collection

Special Collections

Opening Hours

Week 30

Monday 22.7. Closed
Tuesday 23.7. Closed
Wednesday 24.7. Closed
Thursday 25.7. Closed
Friday 26.7. Closed
Saturday 27.7. Closed
Sunday 28.7. Closed

The library of SKS is closed from 1 to 31 July 2024.

Outside of our opening hours, you can return your loans through the return hatch located on the Ritarikatu side of the SKS building.

What do we do at the SKS library?


  • follow the research and publication activities of our key fields and make available material on them
  • guide researchers and other people in need of information in the use of data materials and services
  • develop the accessibility of our materials in cooperation with the library network.

1831 Finnish Literature Society and its library were established.
1962The ethnological department was established.
1976The Library of Helsinki University serves as the Central Library of the Humanities. The SKS library is responsible for the sciences of ethnology and folkloristics.
1992The SKS library becomes one of the Helka Libraries.

Contact Us




+358 201 131 272

Acquisition proposal

We are happy to receive proposals for material suitable for our library collection.

Sinipunainen yksityiskohta lasimaalauksesta SKS:n arkistossa.


Approach our information service when you need help with information retrieval and finding materials on folklore, oral history or Finnish literature.

Photos: Emma Suominen, Vesa Kyllönen.