Helsinki’s new Central Library gets ‘independent’ opening date

The €98 million Oodi library has been described as "the nation's birthday gift to its citizens".

Artist's impression of the new Oodi Central Library in Helsinki / Credit: ALA Architects

Helsinki’s brand new Central Library, currently under construction next to the railway station, has now got an official opening date.

The Oodi library will be open to the public from early on 5th December, just before Independence Day.

At 17,250 sq metres, the new library is set over three floors and has been built at a cost of €98 million. The design for Oodi was chosen after an international competition that received more than 500 entries.

Public libraries play a central role in Finland, and access to library services is a statutory right for all citizens who borrow almost 68 million books every year.