Libraries in Helsinki

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Libraries in Helsinki

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  • Mike N
    Shanghai, China23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The 3ed floor kids area is a a great place for littles to blow off steam, maybe up to 7yo. Our 10yo was excited by the 2nd floor where so much equipment is shared but you must have a library card to access it and so he left disappointed. The building is gorgeous and spirit of such a well loved public space is plain to see.
    Written 5 February 2024
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  • BharathiMani
    Bengaluru, India3,160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 2023
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 2022
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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  • ExperiencedTravelers
    Los Angeles, CA613 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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