January 27, 2022

New Resource: Finna Provides Single Search Access to Material From Finnish Archives, Libraries and Museums; Powered by VuFind

The Finna service formally launched earlier this month after first about 11 months in beta.

From Finland’s National Library:

The Finna search service is the first to bring together the collections of Finnish archives, libraries and museums.

Finna provides direct access to some digital content and information about available material.


In October Finna includes dozens of archives, libraries and museums along with their collections and some of their online services. New organisations will gradually join Finna, enabling users to search for records through an even wider range of material.

Finnish archives, libraries and museums have collaborated in designing Finna to meet user needs regarding its search functions and features. The National Library of Finland has used open-source software in Finna’s technical implementation and will continue to develop the service based on user feedback.

More from the Finna Web Site:

Finna offers metadata in text format, while the actual content can be found on the library shelf. If the material you are looking for is available through a library involved in Finna and you have a card for the library in question, you can reserve the material. If you have no library card, the best way to obtain the material is to request it from your local library.

In the case of works of art and other objects, Finna displays an image in conjunction with the search result. You can contact the relevant museum to enquire whether it can offer a print-quality image.

The National Library of Finland bears the main responsibility for developing and maintaining Finna, but the actual development work is carried out together with Finna partners. The archives, libraries and museums involved in Finna are responsible for its content. Finna is part of the National Digital Library (NDL) project of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Finna is powered by VuFind and other open software. Learn more here.

Access Finna

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.