Reading rooms in Rauhankatu in use by advance booking as the coronavirus restrictions continue in the Helsinki Area

The coronavirus restrictions in the Helsinki Area will continue unchanged until the end of January. The customer service and reading rooms of the National Archives of Finland in Rauhankatu will remain closed until 15 June 2021.

However, from next Monday (11 January 2021), the National Archives of Finland will make special arrangements to allow students and those writing a dissertation or engaged in scientific research or other regular research a limited possibility to use the materials in the Rauhankatu reading rooms on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Visiting the reading rooms for research purposes always requires advance booking, because the number of seats for researchers has been reduced and on-site services have been limited. A maximum of 10 people can be simultaneously present in one reading room.

In addition, guidance and advice for people who have booked the facilities in advance have been minimised to keep close contact between researchers and personnel to a minimum. During the period for which limited opening hours are applied in the reading rooms, guidance and advice for other customers will only be provided online or by email or phone.

If you need to use the reading room services in Rauhankatu, please do the following:

  • Order the material you need in advance through the Astia online service . If the material cannot be ordered through the online service, contact the Rauhankatu reading room personnel to agree on ordering and delivering the material (
  • When you receive a notification indicating that the material you have ordered has been sent to the reading room, book a visit to the reading room (
  • Follow the coronavirus instructions of the National Archives of Finland  and other instructions given by the personnel during your visit.

The National Archives of Finland requires that persons performing research work at Rauhankatu through special arrangements observe the safety distance, wear a face mask and observe good hand hygiene in the reading rooms and other facilities of the National Archives of Finland.