Internet in Finnish libraries

Finnish libraries have been using the Internet since the beginning of 1994. Around 60 % of them offer their users free access to the network, and to four large union catalogues which can be consulted on Web pages. The reasons for this speedy development are political, technical and professional. Since the beginning of the nineties, an already positive government attitude towards the public libraries has combined with the desire to define the scope in Finland of the information society. The telecommunication infrastructure in Finland is exceptional and librarians have quickly understood the significance of the network and are therefore trying to take a role in the changes in progress.