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To make it easier to find the material you are looking for, we have given the most popular genres in the adults' department their own separate shelf space:

  • romance
  • suspense
  • war
  • short stories
  • fantasy
  • horror
  • science fiction
  • hunting stories
  • religious novels
  • anecdotes and humour
  • comics
  • easy reading books
  • large print books

Easy reading and large print books sections also contain non-fiction published in these forms.
Have a look at our reading tips


Shelf classification

Non-fiction is organized according to subject. Singposts will guide you to the right shelf when you are looking for books on a specific subject.
Public Libraries’ Classification System

When you are searching for information, use YSA

Public libraries in Finland as well as many other Finnish databases use the General Finnish Thesaurus (YSA) when cataloguing material. The thesaurus contains all the selected words that should be used when doing a database search on any given subject. The thesaurus contains the most common terms in different fields and disciplines.
The online version of the General Finnish Thesaurus

Have a look at our non-fiction reading tips