KAVI's Library - the only special library for film literature in Finland. Our priority is the comprehensive coverage of the audiovisual culture in Finland, but the collection is international in scope.

Main Collection

- Collection of filmographies, books, journals, documents and audio recordings about film and television.
- 32 000 books on film production and technics, film theory, film history, genres, cinemas, biographies of actors and directors.
- Periodicals: 70 hard copy subscriptions, and 120 e-subscriptions. 950 periodicals titles in several languages.
- Paper clipping archive on films, persons and subjects. Altogether 44 500 files.
- Information service, inter-libarary loans.


- PrettyLib – the library catalogue
- Elonet  - database containing information on films and other visual programs screened in Finland and on the people and companies involved in making them.
- The FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Plus gives access to articles from international film journals. (Access in KAVI's premises only)
- Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text / EBSCO - search (Access in KAVI's premises only)
- Film Indexes Online gives access to the extensive databases of the British and American Film Institutes. (Access in KAVI's premises only)

Other collections

- Access to the original Finnish screenplays
- Tenho database includes stills and posters from Finnish films and also stills from foreign films screened in Finnish cinemas from the early 20th century up to the present day
- The library has digital services that provide access to films and television programmes in the archive collections. (Access in KAVI's premises only)


Sörnäisten rantatie 25 A,  5th floor / P.O. Box 16
FI-00501 Helsinki
tel. 02 953 38006

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri 10-16
Mon 10-18 (October - May)

Monday 23.12.2019 – Monday 6.1.2020 library closed