We have a Treasure!
This treasure, although certainly on earth, is a guide to the treasures of heaven - namely the outstanding library of the Studium Catholicum. In this library, which is open five days a week, one can find knowledge and spiritual guidance which is not easily available elsewhere in the country. Furthermore there is a valuable collection of Catholic fiction published in Finland, a collection which was started by Father Martti Voutilainen and which Bishop Paul Verschuren highly appreciated: after the last wars many of these works were translated into Finnish but are now difficult to find in other libraries.
The library also contains works in many languages on the Fathers of the Church, Medieval Theology, Church History, official Church documents, Spiritual writings, Modern Theology, Popes, Saints - and much, much more. Recently students of Theology preparing their theses and dissertations have found their way to the library - it is to be hoped that many others will also find their way there.
Information and instructions on how to use the library and borrow books - including the use of the newly-acquired Digital Library and of the huge collection provided by the Verbum software - can be obtained during opening hours: it is just a matter of asking without hesitation! The library's address is: Studium Catholicum, Ritarikatu 3b A, 3rd floor. Three days a week the librarian is available, on two days the library is kept open by voluntary workers to allow borrowing and returning of books.
A large number of the books are already catalogued, and the catalogue can be consulted on the Studium's Library Search page.
(updated September 2014)
There's more - in Finnish
The Studium's librarian Satu Lehtonen has written a history of the Studium. It is at present only available in Finnish. Click here to read it - or to look at the pictures.