The Exchange Centre for Foreign Literature is in charge of the international exchange of the publications of the member societies of the Federation of Finnish learned societies. It sends Finnish publications immediately after their publication to the foreign exchange partners. The Exchange Centre receives and forwards the foreign exchange publication to Finnish libraries. The Exchange Centre is on national level in cooperation with scientific libraries and learned societies that publish scientific serials and journals. Foreign partners are scientific research institutions, academies, societies, journals, scientific libraries and university institutes.
The exchanges are corporate exchanges of different publications and publishers, in order to be able to offer a broader scale of publications than a single publisher could offer. This way it is possible to receive publications also from other branches of arts and sciences than there is publication activity in Finland. By means of exchange, it is also possible to receive publications that are not sold.
140 serial publications are now available on exchange through the Exchange Centre. These publications form a substantial part of the scholarly and scientific publishing in Finland. The Centre assists 69 Finnish research organizations in securing and maintaining worldwide contacts.
The predominant language of the publications is English. Papers in Finnish or Swedish are, as a rule, provided with abstracts or summaries in English or German.
Back issues are available; complete sets can be supplied of some titles. Sample copies will be sent on request. The Exchange Centre also answers inquiries concerning discontinued publications still available on exchange.