Central Library Oodi
Central Library Oodi
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Neighbourhood: Vironniemi
How to get there
  • Rautatientori • 5 min walk
  • Helsingin yliopisto • 8 min walk
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  • Richard Hildebrand
    Tucson, Arizona599 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much more than your typical american library
    We tour libraries when we travel. European libraries are staggering in size and what is available besides books. You can check out tools for free, there are recording studios and full kitchens available for patrons. It has five floors and cost 98 million euros to build. There is a cafe for your dining pleasure, too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • irina j
    London, United Kingdom3,426 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great place to keep teens busy
    We found out about this place from our tour guide. I would of never thought to visit a library and I’m so glad that we did! This is not just a library but a great community center where everything is free and brand new! There are lots of board games including chess, you could play computer games or nentendo switch, there are books and movies in all different languages, there was even a meet up for Korean pop outside. The architecture is also very impressive, spacious and modern. Library is close to central train station
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Markus
    Helsinki, Finland16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Library
    A library worth experiencing. Lots of things to do and useful services such as 3D printing and normal printing, the possibility of booking music rooms and computers, studios and game rooms and so on. Perhaps the most versatile and best organized library in Finland. The library has a great design and an open atmosphere. There is also a cafe The downside, however, is the noise level. The place has a children's playground, which sometimes makes a lot of noise and makes it difficult to concentrate on reading and thinking. Otherwise, a really good library and you will definitely find something that interests you.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Brittany_11_10
    Los Angeles, California1,732 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kid-friendly
    What a beautiful library! The layout, the atmosphere, the views... In addition to the wide selection of books, the cafe, and probably other stuff we didn't even see/know about, there's a great children's play area, with things to climb on, books to read (including in English), and more. This is just one more example of how family-friendly and kid-friendly Helsinki is. A great library in a great city!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Anita
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this library
    The architecture is amazing but more amazing —all the services provided by this library. You can check out everything from musical instruments to season tickets to concerts. Within the library, you can use everything from 3-d printers to sewing machines. All free with a library card. There a cafe on the third floor and a rooftop seating and viewing area.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 October 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California4,174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow
    What a great example of government money well spent! Our libraries are so plain compared to this architectural gem. It has an open floor plan with dedicated spaces for everyone. Loved the sewing machine area, the 3-D printing, the ability to borrow musical instruments, games, and, oh yes, books! Clean, well lit, and totally appealing as a place to get together, it’s a great example of a working library that actually works.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • revrobby
    Ushuaia, Argentina56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than just a library
    Libraries are not just books, especially here. Borrow and play board games, practice your Tik Tok dance moves, gather your rock band for a jam session, have a bite & coffee..... This very popular library is a gem, certainly the best I've ever experienced.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 November 2023
  • T P
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing example of what a community space can be.
    This is a shining example of a successful civic building. Architecturally beautiful it holds spaces for all ages to explore books, record music, tinker, play video games, attend lectures or have a coffee. Check it out!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 November 2023
  • TAMAN1951
    Liberty Lake, Washington8,222 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    Clean and very organized. Offers so much more than just books. A true place of service to the city. Sewing, video games, 3D printing, meeting rooms and so much more. Great architecture as well.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 December 2023
  • MeganMunro
    Toronto, Canada1,352 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible building - a must see
    We came to see the architecture, we left wanting to move to Helsinki. The architecture is better than pictures can represent. It is a stunning building. A must see. But inside! Amazing. There are free labs where you can mend clothes, make 3D printed objects, relax and cozy up with a good book. It is community focused and so welcoming. The art work is incredible, too - they have an Ai Weiwei sculpture!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 December 2023
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Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Oodi public library deserves 10 stars! Oodi is a Civic Cultural and Creative Center for the 21st century and a public library as well. You cannot miss a visit to Oodi while you are in Helsinki.
Written 17 June 2024
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599Angela
Toronto, Canada522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Truly a remarkable public library, a place for people of all nations (but especially the lucky residents of Helsinki) to hang out, sew clothes, use a 3D printer, play all sorts of games from video games to board games, check e-mail on their public terminals (which were very useful to me who does not travel with any electronic devices), read books, or just exist. They have a "Citizen's Balcony" on the top floor with many comfy chairs and nice view. I've never seen anything quite like it. A magnet for both locals and visitors.
Written 12 June 2024
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travelloop
Parbold, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Honestly nearly cried when I saw the facilities in this library - it's amazing. They've truly thought of everything. The urban workshop of the 2nd floor was particularly impressive. Wish we had something like this where we lived, I'd never be out of there. The top floor children's area is a delight, and I love that they allow everyone to walk/sit on the entire structure, making for a really special experience - lots of little places to sit and get lost in a book, with an amazing view outside. Cafe downstairs looks great - we didn't try it but it smelled and looked delicious. Even as a visitor, there's things to do - play chess downstairs, eat at the cafe, enjoy the views, explore the architecture, just soak in the lovely calm atmosphere and community vibes, or read a book!
Written 1 June 2024
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Tindelin
Kuopio, Finland79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
Very nice and nett place. Beautiful architecture with special and intelligent things. Calm place even there was a lot people.
Written 8 May 2024
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Bood M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This library is the best one I’ve ever visited, also they have good chess boards. Definitely worth a visit next time you go to Helsinki
Written 6 May 2024
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Isma V
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
What a wonderful community resource. We were blown away by this modern building and all the great programs and services they provide. We fell in love with this place. Great stop!
Written 27 April 2024
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Mike N
Shanghai, China23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
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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MeganMunro
Toronto, Canada1,352 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We came to see the architecture, we left wanting to move to Helsinki.
The architecture is better than pictures can represent. It is a stunning building. A must see.
But inside! Amazing. There are free labs where you can mend clothes, make 3D printed objects, relax and cozy up with a good book. It is community focused and so welcoming. The art work is incredible, too - they have an Ai Weiwei sculpture!
Written 29 December 2023
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA8,222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Clean and very organized.

Offers so much more than just books.

A true place of service to the city.

Sewing, video games, 3D printing, meeting rooms and so much more.

Great architecture as well.
Written 27 December 2023
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T P
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This is a shining example of a successful civic building. Architecturally beautiful it holds spaces for all ages to explore books, record music, tinker, play video games, attend lectures or have a coffee.

Check it out!
Written 24 November 2023
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