Turku City Library
Turku City Library
4.5
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Stephen V
Cuenca, Ecuador758 contributions
Aug 2012 • Business
One does not usually think of a library as a tourist destination, but make the Turku City Library a stop in your plans. My husband and I thought that the wonderful library in Amsterdam could not be beat, but the library in Turku / Åbo tops it! The city has done a wonderful job expanding the original building (built in 1903). A five year old addition is beautiful and compliments the original structure.
The fantastic library is very innovative in its marketing and services. There is something for everyone. The draw is so huge that nearly 3% of the city’s population visits it every day! My husband and I were impressed with the children’s area. There are cool places to read books; there are neat children’s exhibits to stimulate the kids, and there is even a special reading room for parents and their children. The collections of children’s books, comics, magazines, films and games are always being updated.
A well-lit reading area is always full of patrons. People were reading newspapers from across the EU and books from this great library. Natural light flows in to the room due to the expansive windows.
As with many libraries in Europe, one can purchase food and drinks at the library (Libraries in the United States: take note of this!). During the summer, the Italian Café Sirius extends on to a terrace out on the library courtyard. On the first floor, one can improve their skills on the pianos in the music room or listen to the latest music on demo recordings. The library claims to have 40,000 musical recordings. It is definitely a place to relax and unwind while stimulating the mind.
Modern technology at the library offers makes it easier to use the library. One can borrow and return materials in every department using automatic lending machines. There is library staff to help if necessary, but it appeared to us that everyone was effortlessly using these machines. The materials are sorted and sent to the relevant departments with a conveyor belt that can be viewed through the floor. It is cool to see the books going by under your feet!
If you do not spend a lot of time here, make it an architectural stop. The beauty of the buildings will make it very pleasing for your eyes. Turku City Library is open every day except holidays.
Written August 21, 2012
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Kristoffer D
Stavanger41 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
I don't understand why it's on top of TripAdvisor. It's very nice building and has an extensive selection of books. But still, it's just a library!
Written July 10, 2015
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Hildyblues
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia258 contributions
Aug 2019
It was lovely to wander the shelves and spot the English books and books in Finnish by well-known authors. Knowledge just seeps in at the seams here. Lovely calm visit and time can be spent just enjoying the architecture. Short 20 minute visit as we don't read Finnish.
Written September 12, 2019
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HHT
Turku, Finland21 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
It is open for everyone and in daily use. Just remember to be quiet. They do have books in other languages too, just ask the staff if you are interested in finding some. Beautiful mixture of old and new and they have a cafe as well.
Written July 3, 2019
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ExperienceHunter80
Turku, Finland6 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
The library is a beautiful building in an easily accessible place. Take a minute to read your local newspaper in the middle of a longer holiday and enjoy the serene atmosphere.
Written July 2, 2019
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Kieran S
Carrigaline, Ireland74 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
I visited this place towards the end of my trip. It was more a case of just not having anything else to do. Have to admit it is one of the best libraries I've ever seen. If I was a resident I could see myself visiting the place a lot more often with some great facilities provided.
Written February 5, 2018
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zenobianblue
Turku, Finland97 contributions
May 2016 • Family
The children's area of the library is beautifully set up. There are quiet, whimsical spaces for children and youth to read. There is also a small play area for the youngest children with a few toys. The library has an excellent selection of books in Finnish and Swedish (of course), but it also has a very good selection of English books.

The library is perfect for dark winter afternoons, but even when the weather is nice outside I still find myself taking my kids there because it's so pleasant!
Written June 2, 2016
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espejita
México9 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
Relaxing, diverse, excellent location, I really like and appreciate this library. Anyone is welcome, but travelers, respect the silence :)
Written October 14, 2015
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UffeS
Espoo, Finland129 contributions
Jul 2015
A fine building well worth to visit, free of charge, no entrance fee. Lots of exciting things to see!
Written August 4, 2015
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britcomfan
Williamsburg, VA27 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
No visit to Turku is complete w/out a visit to the city library, which combines the beautiful historic building with a modern new construction. There's an extensive kids' and also a teen section, as well as lots of English and other language books and videos. Lectures, readings, and other events, and a nice cafe. Try to go on the tour if you can. Apparently the library has 5000 visitors a day! Very much part of the local life of Turku.
Written May 16, 2015
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