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- What a beautiful library! The layout, the atmosphere, the views...
In addition to the wide selection of books, the cafe, and probably other stuff we didn't even see/know about, there's a great children's play area, with things to climb on, books to read (including in English), and more. This is just one more example of how family-friendly and kid-friendly Helsinki is. A great library in a great city!Written 4 September 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Oh what jewels to be found inside. This is a big library with 7-8 levels. It's a book readers paradise for sure!
Entry is free. You need to leave your coats, umbrellas and food etc at the ground floor. There are free lockers.
The building from inside is beautiful, with gorgeous frescoes.
The library is spic and span and well organised. Many places to sit and read in silence.
There is a cafe downstairs but didn't check it out. Clean restrooms.
A week is not enough in such a place.Written 23 March 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Anybody can enter to admire the University Library built above the metro station and designed by Anttinen Oiva Architects in 2012. There is a small door at Kaisaniemi on street level but the main entrance is on Fabianinkatu. A connection through several doors and corridors leads to another remarkable showcase of Finnish architecture, the Porthania which too belongs to Helsinki University. Aarne Ervi whose works include the Töölö Library and the almost derelict Heikintori shopping center in Tapiola designed it in the 1950's.Written 1 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The white Carrara marble is the trademark of Aalto's masterpiece but it doesn't tolerate the Finnish climate. Already 30 years after the opening in 1971 the exterior of the building was replaced for the first time, now a new operation with Lasa marble will take place during the next two years. A small substitute hall in wood has been erected in front of the construction site. It looks interesting with a long sheltered corridor where the wooden pillars have still some branches intact. A restaurant with a large terrace overlooking the Töölö bay will enjoy mainly evening sun.Written 20 March 2022
- Took us a while to find this because we were expecting an actual building not a hut in the square. Nevertheless, the staff were so friendly and helpful. Really great customer serviceWritten 12 June 2019
- A winding main staircase, a rotunda with columns and a loft for newspapers are the architectural elements giving the red brick building from 1912 its character. The first publicly funded library in Helsinki was designed by Karl Hård af Segerstad. The array of things you can loan nowadays is ever expanding, there is even a carrier bike by the main entrance.Written 1 March 2022
- The building is extraordinary, and you can wander around to look at the collection. Some of the books I found were well over 100 years old, and in great condition.
The library is across the street from the church, and well worth the stop,Written 15 June 2023
- Stopped here before my flight and was happily surprised of the quality of food that you order digitally using QR-codes.
You are allowed two order two servings at the time from a very limited menu that varies depending what they have on the kitchen. You can see the Menu with pictures with your phone and the food arrives in 10-15 minutes and it is hot and very tasty. Portions are quite small though.
From the bar you can order some freen drinks (alcoholic included) and some are extra charged.
There are also soda and coffee machines with some bread, cookies and so on.
The sleeping Pods have moved here and I suppose you can serve them with extra payment.Written 2 November 2022
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