Libraries are a free-of-charge basic service provided for by legislation. In Finland, public libraries are the responsibility of municipalities. They are funded from the state and municipal budgets.
The first Public Libraries Act came into effect in 1928, with the newest version effected in 2017.
Public library activities in Finland also include active promotion of literacy in all age groups. The digital literacy of citizens is supported in many ways, and library premises can be used as venues for cultural events, meetings, work and learning.