Finnish Library Buildings

Rauma City Library, Main Library

The Rauma Main Library has a significant role to play in the townscape. It is a unifying element in a space formed by buildings of different ages and a park. The transparency of the library building communicates the openness of its operations.

The local traits and traditions are taken into account in the design of the building. The façade is made of painted timber and glass. Silk screen printing was used to create patterns emulating the lightness of lace, the making of which has a long tradition in Rauma, on the glass parts of the façade. Bunches of metallic letters hanging from the ceiling form words in the Rauma dialect.

The Library operates on two floors.

A newspaper reading room, the children’s department, part of the adult department, a conference and computer room as well as most of the staff offices are situated on the ground floor. The mobile library garage is also on the ground floor.

The adults’ arts, fiction and music collections can be found on the first floor. The study rooms, the artotheque,and office space are also located there.

The technical equipment includes borrowing and returning self-service machines, free wireless internet, a video surveillance system, electronic lockdown of the doors and time card system.

  • Staff: 25 permanent employees
  • Collection: 205 000 items, of which 180 000 are books
  • 80 computers, of which 30 are for staff use only.
The name of the library
The Rauma Main Library
The name of the municipality/organization
Town of Rauma
The population of the community covered by the library
40 000 inhabitants
The location of the library
The library building is part of the arts and cultural centre of the town
The library is
a new construction
The floor area
The library was opened in
Designed by

Architectural firm Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Oy
Ilmari Lahdelma, architect (SAFA), professor

The total expenditure of the construction
Building 6 362 000 euros, movables 636 000 euros