More about Finna

What kinds of information does Finna collect about me?

When you log into with a Finna ID, the service will record your username, name and email address. When you log in with Haka credentials, the service will record your username, name and email address. When you log in with a library card, the service will record your PIN code, first and last name, email address and home library. Read more about how we process user data and use cookies on our Data protection page..

Who is in charge of Finna?

Finna was created as a part of the National Digital Library project, conducted in 2008–2017 by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The service was launched in 2014. The National Library is the administrator for the Finna service and is in charge of its development along with Finna’s partner organisations. The content in Finna is provided by the organisations that participate in the service, such as Finnish archives, libraries and museums.

Finna-API service’s open interface provides descriptive information produced by libraries, archives and museums for use free of charge. The interface also includes links to photos and other material offered via the service that may be subject to limitations.

Finna’s software

Finna constitutes an open-source search service and the metadata harvesting system RecordManager. In addition, we provide our client organisations with a tool for personalising the appearance and features of the search service. The search service is based on the open-source VuFind search engine. We have expanded VuFind for the specific needs of museum and archive material, for example, by extending its support to several metadata formats and enabling the display of different media types.

Finna is integrated with several external systems which further expand the features of the search service. This integration enables the enrichment of metadata through the Finto ontology service as well as searches in indexes that are outside Finna. Finna’s views may also display content created in several publication systems and blog platforms, and it is possible to import information on the producers of the content from the Kirkanta service of the Finnish Library Directory and the museum database maintained by the Finnish Museums Association.

A new version of Finna is released approximately every month.

How can my organisation join Finna?

Is your organisation not yet a Finna partner organisation, but would like to be? Archives, libraries and museums under the administrative branch of the Ministry of Education and Culture may join Finna free of charge. Read more about the conditions for joining the service.