The Finnish National Gallery Library is the largest library in Finland specialising in art. It operates in two locations. The Kiasma Library has material on contemporary art dating from the 1960s onwards, while the Ateneum Research Library focuses on Finnish art history. Materials in the Sinebrychoff Research Library can be accessed at the Ateneum Research Library by appointment. Its collection includes literature on old international art.

Kiasma Library

The Kiasma Library specialises in contemporary art. Its collection is developed with a view to supporting the museum’s exhibition and collection operations. Key collection areas include Finnish contemporary art; the latest international trends in contemporary art and associated theoretical literature; artists represented in the Kiasma Collection; and art periodicals. Visitors can also use a number of iPads that contain additional material on exhibitions at Kiasma and that also provide access to selected materials from the audio-visual archive. Read more about the library’s opening hours and research services.

Ateneum and Sinebrychoff Research Libraries

The Ateneum Research Library is the oldest part of the library of the Finnish National Gallery. Its collections have grown since the Ateneum building was completed in 1889. The library supports research on artworks in the collections of the Ateneum Art Museum and Finnish art in general. Its database also contains literature on art conservation.

Visitors to the Ateneum Research Library are asked to make an appointment in advance. Read more about research services.

The library maintains a bibliography of Finnish art that contains reference information about Finnish art literature.

The Sinebrychoff Research Library is part of the Finnish National Gallery Library. Materials in its collection can be accessed at the Ateneum Research Library by appointment. The resources of the Sinebrychoff Library relate to Fanny and Paul Sinebrychoff’s home museum, its art collection and exhibitions.