The libraries of the National Archives are specialized scientific libraries for archival science as well as for heraldry and sigillography, and serve primarily the needs of research that is based on archival science and archival documents. The libraries are, according to their collection policy, responsible for the literature and other library materials that are needed in the duties and customer service of the National Archives.
The collections include:
- Literature on archival science, records management and the use of archives
- Reference works
- Source publications and official publications
- Literature on the history of Finland and neighbouring countries
- Literature on jurisprudence, administration and social sciences
- Literature on local history
- Family history and biographical literature
The library collections can be used free of charge and are open during the opening hours of the Archives. The libraries do not lend out books or other library material and it don’t have an interlibrary loan service either. There is a small fee for copies.
All the Archives have their own libraries, of which the libraries in Helsinki, Turku and Vaasa have the largest collections. The libraries also have special local collections, which have cultural and historical value.
Since the beginning of the year 2006 all the new acquisitions into the library collections of the National Archives have been catalogued into the national ERKKI database for Special Libraries and can also be found in the national MELINDA Union Catalogue for Finnish Libraries.