The collections in the library focus on Finnish literature, literary research and cultural research. The collections contain around 230,000 volumes, in addition to which material is available online. The collections of literature and literary research are located in the General Department (Hallituskatu 1, first floor), and the cultural research collections in the Ethnological Department (Hallituskatu 1, 4th Floor).
The library’s collection catalogue is available on the Helka database, the joint online catalogue database of the University of Helsinki. Some of the oldest catalogue data is still only on card indices (the main card index arranged alphabetically is in the lending office, card indices by subject are in the Ethnological Department).
Literature is acquired in accordance with the current acquisitions programme. Customers can make suggestions for material that should be acquired using the online form or the paper form available from the library.