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External Library Databases

Work stations on the Finnish National Gallery intranet have direct access to the following databases and reference works:

The Archive and Library Information Services

The Finnish National Gallery’s archive collections and library hold art-historical source material and research literature from the 19th to the 21st century. The Finnish National Gallery’s library is Finland’s largest library specialising in visual arts. The library operates in two locations, at the Ateneum and Kiasma.

Finnish National Gallery’s Archive Collections and Library are closed for the time being.

  • You can browse the content of the collections using the search function on the homepage of our website.

  • Read more about our archival materials.

  • Read more about our library.

Our information service focuses on the Finnish National Gallery collections.

  • Unfortunately, we cannot answer questions regarding the authenticity, value or signatures of works of art.

  • For price estimates for works of art, consult auction houses that sell art.

  • We do not generally respond to enquiries about works by artists that are not held in our collections.

The Ateneum Research Library is open by appointment

You can explore the materials in the Finnish National Gallery’s archive collections and library at the Ateneum Research Library. It is open by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 16:00.

Requests for material and bookings to use the microfilm reader should be made well in advance. For enquiries, requests for material, and appointment bookings, email tutkimus(at)kansallisgalleria.fi. Read more about our archive collections.

The Kiasma Library is open to museum visitors and researchers

The Kiasma Library opening hours:

  • Tue 10:00–17:00

  • Wed 10:00–20:00

  • Thu 10:00–17:00

  • Fri 10:00–17:00 (except the first Friday of every month 10:00–20:00)

  • Sat 10:00–17:00

You can visit the library in connection with your museum visit.

You can also visit the Kiasma Library without buying a ticket to the museum. Visiting the library requires registration at the information desk in the museum lobby.

The Kiasma Library has a reader for microfilmed press cuttings. The press cuttings date from 1897 to 1999. You can explore the audio-visual materials and press cuttings by scheduling an appointment by email: tutkimus(at)kansallisgalleria.fi.

Read more about our libraries.

Photo: Kansallisgalleria / Jenni Nurminen

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