Specialist monetary library open to the general public

The Bank of Finland Library is open to anyone looking for information on monetary policy, financial markets or the roles of the Bank of Finland and the European Central Bank. The right to use the Library requires registration. To become registered, fill in the form and take it to the Library at Rauhankatu 19, Helsinki.

Use of the Library 

The Library is open Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 3.30 p.m, except on July, Maundy Thursday and New Year's Eve the Library is closed. The entrance is the side door (Rauhankatu 19 B) nearest to the National Archives, with signposts to the Library. At the door there is an entryphone by which customers can establish contact for opening the door. Library staff will come to meet customers in the waiting area. In the same area there is also a box, to which returned books may be left. Returns are also possible in the morning from 9.00 to 12.00 a.m.


The collections of the Library can be searched on the Bank's website. This includes the Bank of Finland's and Financial Supervisory Authority's printed publications that can be borrowed. Online publications, however, are available in the institutional repository. See also the list of periodicals available from the Library. In the Library search there is no availibility information for a particular book, so one should contact the Library and check that the book is available before leaving for the Library.


Not all publications can be borrowed; some are for reference only and can be copied from in the Library facilities. This applies for instance to periodicals, statistical data, books of reference and annual reports. The Library also provides inter-library loan services (see the list of charges).

Special collections

    The Bank of Finland Library's collections specialise in literature in the fields of monetary and foreign exchange policy, banking and financial markets as well as general literature on the monetary economy. The Library also houses, for example, the following special collections:
  • Publications of the Bank of Finland, the European Central Bank and its predecessor, the European Monetary Institute, in Finnish, English and Swedish.
  • Publications of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since the 1940s.
  • Finnish banks' annual reports from the 19th century to present days.
  • Annual reports and statistical publications from the major central banks of the euro area.
  • Statistical publications of the League of Nations from the 1920s–1940s.
  • The BOFIT collection (collection of the Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition) dates back to the 1980s. The BOFIT collection specialises in research literature on transition, monetary economy, banking system and international economic relations of Russia and China.

 Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 3.30 p.m.
  • Closed on Maundy Thursday, New Year's Eve and on July
  • Closed between 21st December 2015 and 6th January 2016

 Contact information

  • ​Street address: 
    Rauhankatu 19
  • Postal address:
    P.O. Box 160
    00101 Helsinki
  • Tel. +358 10 831 2661
  • Fax +358 10 831 2952
  • Email: library(at)bof.fi

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