New place to visit in Finland. Oodi Library in the center of Helsinki
New attraction of Helsinki is Oodi Central Library, which opened in early December and has already become popular among locals and tourists.
Finland has invested 100 million euros (113.15 million dollars) in a project built for the centenary of the country, and the result is a grand project of waves of glass and spruce. On the ground floor there is a cafe, an auditorium and a cinema; the second has a reading room, recording studios and a gadget store where citizens can rent power tools, sewing machines and even 3D printers. One room is occupied by children playing the popular video game Fortnite. But the third floor is the most impressive of all. The atrium fills endless rows of white bookshelves with natural light. Chattering noises fill the room.
Finns love books, and they are frequent library visitors: each resident of Finland takes an average of 16 titles per year.
Oodi's layout responds to new library roles. The third floor most closely resembles a library in the traditional sense: there are special reading areas - “oases” - and a library collection of 100,000 books.
The second floor is devoted to free creativity: it houses studios, music halls, media classes and a workshop with 3D printers, sewing machines, various gadgets and equipment.