Finnish Library Buildings

The Buildings website presents some of the new library buildings from recent years in Finland. The libraries introduced include equally big and small, university and public libraries. The one thing they all have in common, though, is that they are open to everybody: anyone can borrow from the collections, browse the databases, take part in the discussions, cultural events and all kinds of classes offered on the library premises. All libraries also provide access to the internet and many have meeting facilities available for library users.

Finnish public libraries are financed by tax money. The basic premise of library services is free access to information. This is why openness, transparency and accessibility are emphasized in the latest library architecture.