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Instructions for remote access of e-magazines

You can read the newspapers and magazines available through PressReader and Flipster in a library as well as outside the library using your own device.

Do you want to access e-library but don't have a library card? See instructions on how to get a temporary customer id.


PressReader contains newspapers and magazines from around the world. You can read the publications either in your device’s browser or in the PressReader mobile app. To log in, you need your Helmet library card number and PIN code.

Using PressReader in a web browser

Open the PressReader website, click Sign in and then choose the Library or group option. Next choose from the Select libraries list Library – Helmet libraries (offsite) and type in your library card number and PIN code. Wait a moment until a PressReader HotSpot window opens.

You can browse the collection by tapping Select publication. You can find the whole selection also from the menu bar under Publications. Now you can browse the magazines according to country, language, category or publication type, or search by title. Access the magazine by tapping on its cover.

PressReader website

Using PressReader via mobile app

Download the PressReader app from the App Store or Play store. If you have previously downloaded it, make sure you have the latest, updated version.

Tap on Sign in, then tap Library or an icon resembling a library card. Choose from the Select libraries list Library – Helmet libraries (offsite) and enter your library card number and PIN codeWait a moment until a PressReader HotSpot window opens.

After this, you can browse the selection, read magazines and newspapers as well as download them for offline use. The HotSpot must be active during downloading. If the coffee cup symbol in the top part of the Publications section is not green, activate the HotSpot in the application's settings.

You can also download newspapers/magazines in the libraries’ wireless network in Helsinki and Espoo. This way you do not need to sign in to the PressReader app – you just open the app and you are granted access automatically in the libraries’ wireless network.

If the app does not offer the possibility to log in with a library card, do as follows. First, open the PressReader website in a browser, log in with your library card number and PIN code, click on you name and then on Manage account. Add an email address and a password to your details. Then start the app and log in with the email and password you just added.


Flipster offers dozens of popular magazines in English and two Spanish magazines. You can read the magazines both in the web browser and on Flipster app. To access the service, you only need to log in with your library card number. To Flipster.

How to use Flipster in a web browser

Log in with your library card number, which is the same as Patron ID, and start browsing the magazine collection. You can access Flipster from a web browser on your computer, where titles (also back issues) can be viewed, printed out, or saved to PDF. Supported browsers are Internet Explorer 10 or 11 and the latest version of Chrome, Firefox and Safari. 

How to use Flipster app

Get the free Flipster app for your tablet or smartphone from your app store. The app works on iOS, Android, and specific Fire tablets. Open the Flipster app and tap the "Get Started" button. Find Helmet Libraries and tap the "Log In" button. Log in with your library card number. Tap a cover to borrow a title and click the "Download" button.

All magazine titles are available on demand and most can be kept indefinitely. Downloaded titles can be accessed offline. See detailed instructions.

Frequently asked questions about e-magazines

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