The National Library of Finland

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The National Library of Finland

The National Library of Finland
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Libraries
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Monday
09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 18:00
Thursday
09:00 - 18:00
Friday
09:00 - 18:00
The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Vironniemi
How to get there
  • Helsingin yliopisto • 3 min walk
  • Rautatientori • 7 min walk
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland5,373 contributions
Mar 2022
Leaving coat and bag at the lockers anybody can enter to admire the exquisite building which forms a part of C.L.Engel's empire style city plan for Helsinki. The library was already established in Turku in 1640 under the Swedish rule but moved to the capital to serve the new university. On the shelves you will find books also in other languages besides the national two. It is possible to climb up the rotunda, but some chambers are reserved only for research.
Written 15 March 2022
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Ozlem S
Istanbul, Turkey1,254 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
Feels like a different century when you enter the building. Must see place in Helsinki. Students were doing their research and I wished to be a student again.
Written 2 December 2021
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Erika
Vastra Frolunda, Sweden13 contributions
Oct 2020
Well I never thought I’d be reviewing 2 libraries from holiday but here we are! The other was very modern but this was an old classic library. Full of old character charm and that library smell of centuries worth of books. Breath in the nostalgia
Written 30 October 2020
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Ivett
4 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
It is a very beautiful library both because of its architecture and its impressive collection of books.
Written 15 December 2019
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Adam E
Lake Tahoe (California), CA7 contributions
Sep 2019
like the design and historical atmosphere there. they have vast variation of books. some of the books are hundreds of years old.
Written 11 December 2019
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Judy B
Appleton, WI383 contributions
May 2019
It is worth your time to explore this wonderful library. It has so much more in it, besides books. One could spend so much valuable learning time here. And be sure to step outside for the view. And the food is absolutely the best.
Written 30 October 2019
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Soonjin P
113 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
Interesting architecture inside and outside. Winding staircase and great views from the deck upstairs. Plenty of comfortable seats and even a restaurant on the first floor.
Written 13 October 2019
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tarjak4
Helsinki, Finland70 contributions
Aug 2019
Apart from the changing exhibitions and amazing (mostly Finnish) collections of books, newspapers and magazines, the main attraction for tourists would be the beautiful hall with its ceiling and wall frescos. Well worth popping in, if you are in the Senate square or visit the Helsinki Cathedral.
Written 10 October 2019
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Colin582
Melbourne263 contributions
Oct 2019
A beautiful building both inside and out. You feel like you need to rush off and start studying some obscure and complex subject. Well worth stepping across the street from the Helsinki Cathedral and see some real culture.
Written 9 October 2019
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Nikki H
10 contributions
Sep 2019
In the heart of Helsinki, this classic National Library is something special. Great architecture and still functioning as a library as well. My mother studied here, and I visited now with my daughter who grew up in the US. Must see!
Written 16 September 2019
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