The National Library of Finland

The National Library of Finland, Helsinki: Hours, Address, The National Library of Finland Reviews: 4.5/5

The National Library of Finland

The National Library of Finland
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Libraries
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Vironniemi
How to get there
  • Helsingin yliopisto • 3 min walk
  • Rautatientori • 7 min walk
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tarjak4
Helsinki, Finland70 contributions
Aug 2019
Apart from the changing exhibitions and amazing (mostly Finnish) collections of books, newspapers and magazines, the main attraction for tourists would be the beautiful hall with its ceiling and wall frescos. Well worth popping in, if you are in the Senate square or visit the Helsinki Cathedral.
Written October 10, 2019
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Irina
United States8,984 contributions
Jul 2019
I always admire libraries in different countries I visit. What can be more valuable in keeping, preserving , developing and enriching their cultural heritage?

The National Library of Finland, located near Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral, occupies a very prominent building, various parts of which were designed separately by architects C.L.Engel and G. Nystrom, in 1844 and in 1906, respectively. Today, the library has over 3 million items.

These days, there's a very interesting exhibition taking place in the National Library of Finland. It's called From Dice to Bytes: 200 Years of Finnish Gaming. The exhibits illustrating several centuries of gaming are fantastic - from older board games to modern computer games, including all kinds of game paraphernalia. As I learnt, gaming is a fast developing industry in Finland, donations to this exhibition are made by private collectors.

The building of the library is built in classic style, and it is very imposing, the grounds around it are beautiful too.
Written September 7, 2019
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FixeRain
Capua, Italy39 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
I love libraries and this one stands out! History - get a snapshot or dive in deep here. Very calm, super polite, I felt this place embraced us. The interior architecture is really worth seeing. Splendid service, wonderful people.
Written December 23, 2012
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Sachin0408
Varanasi, India936 contributions
Dec 2016 • Solo
A library can never be a tourist attraction unless it’s the largest in the world or carries significance amount of history as part of its existence. I happened to stay very close the Library and hence decided to give it a go not as a tourist but as an avid reader. The National Library of Finland is the foremost research library in Finland. Administratively the library is part of the University of Helsinki. Until 1 August 2006, it was known as the Helsinki University Library.

The National Library is responsible for storing the Finnish cultural heritage. By Finnish law, the National Library is a legal deposit library and receives copies of all printed matter, as well as audiovisual materials excepting films, produced in Finland or for distribution in Finland. These copies are then distributed by the Library to its own national collection and to reserve collections of five other university libraries. Also, the National Library has the obligation to collect and preserve materials published on the Internet.

Any person who lives in Finland may register as a user of the National Library and borrow library materials. The publications in the national collection, however, are not loaned outside the library. The library also is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of books published in the Russian Empire of any library in the world.
Written June 17, 2017
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Judy B
Appleton, WI383 contributions
May 2019
It is worth your time to explore this wonderful library. It has so much more in it, besides books. One could spend so much valuable learning time here. And be sure to step outside for the view. And the food is absolutely the best.
Written October 30, 2019
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Colin582
Melbourne263 contributions
Oct 2019
A beautiful building both inside and out. You feel like you need to rush off and start studying some obscure and complex subject. Well worth stepping across the street from the Helsinki Cathedral and see some real culture.
Written October 9, 2019
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CliveLi
Hong Kong, China42 contributions
Aug 2019
We went to the Helsinki Cathedral, so good to visit the national library of the city. Interior is gorgeous. Keep quiet and respect the environment.
Written September 10, 2019
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doug0417
Spokane, WA23 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
If you ever in Helsinki this is what a library of this era should be and you should take the time to visit it. Huge modern building 3 floors. 1st floor is public meeting areas 2nd Floor is filled with sewing machines, 3D printers,Virtual reality rooms Printers for photos 3rd Floor is research materials books and a cafe and a deck that looks out on the city. Truly worth the visit. It’s right next to the Central Train Station. Helsinki is a great city to visit
Written September 3, 2019
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Indu Asanka J
Colombo, Sri Lanka12 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Futuristic library with excellent resources. More a community centere than a central library. Attractive options to teens as well ax kids.
Written June 4, 2019
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NukeExpatinTheDesert
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates167 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
A quick must see, the interior of the library is intimate and impressive. For the (actual) or wanna be bibliophile (like me) it is a dreamy destination, if only to spend 20 minutes exploring.
Written December 21, 2018
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