Library of the Labour Movement

The Library of the Labour Movement is a special library located in Helsinki, Finland. The library’s diverse collection is open for everyone and broadly focuses on the labour movement, trade unions and labour history.

Restricted hours 1.5.2021- due to COVID-19 restrictions
Tuesday & Wednesday
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday & Friday
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The library is only open for the loaning of requested material. Access to the collection is restricted and customer PCs are closed. Reserve material online at ; email us at or call during the opening hours.

The library is closed 13.5 – 14.5.2021.

Normal opening hours
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Summer opening hours (June and August)
Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The library is closed all July.

Library of the Labour Movement
Sornaisten rantatie 25 A 1
00500 Helsinki, Finland
email: perinne (at) (front desk)
p. (+358) 09766429 (during opening hours)

Library Director
Tuija Siimes, tuija.siimes (at)

For interlibrary loans, please contact us at our e-mail address. We accept IFLA-vouchers.


When the library was founded, the Finnish Labour Archives and People’s Archives donated their libraries almost entirely to it. The most important parts of the book and booklet collections are the materials of the (mainly Finnish) labour movement and trade union organisations, ideological literature, biographical studies, business and cooperation of the labour movement, and working-class culture (theatre, music, sport, tradition, cultural work, press and fiction). The collections also include among other things literature on working life and general political and historical literature. There are about 120.000 monographies and 30.000 booklets in the library’s collections.

The periodicals collection consists of magazines published by labour movement organisations and other periodicals. There are about 5.000 titles in the collection. The video collection, with about 180 titles, consists of films that deal with mainly the Finnish labour movement.

New acquisitions are focused on social policy and history, as well as literature on working class history and labour movement.

The materials donated by the two archives have been partially catalogued, alphabetically and/or systematically. Newer materials are catalogued in databases. There are now about 90.000 book titles and about 3.000 periodical titles in the databases. Printed catalogues on some special collections are available also in digitized form.