Oodi, Helsinki’s Stunning New Central Library

There is a beautiful architectural wonder in town, Helsinki’s brand new Central Library Oodi.


Oodi opened its doors to the public on December 5th, 2018, on the eve of Finland’s Independece Day. The building is located right in the heart of Helsinki, at the Kansalaistori Square by the Töölö Bay.Inside the striking building you’ll find for example living trees (yes!), 100 000 books, a cinema and an urban workshop with 3D printers and a laser cutter.  

Oodi is not just a library. It is a public space, an interface. A library of the new era and a living room for people living in and visiting Helsinki. The name Oodi means ode and indeed we can say that the new library is an ode to reading, culture, people, civilization and meaningful encounters.

In Oodi one can read, create art, relax & hang out, meet up with friends, build things in the urban workshop of the second floor, do some focused remote work and see movies in the cinema of the first floor. There’s also a recording studio, a gaming room, a story room and plenty of high-tech equipment. 


Oodi’s exterior and interior is Instagrammable. Oodi has a beautiful wooden façade and striking steel and glass structures. Oodi is a masterpiece of Finnish architecture and of energy-efficient design. 

Oodi is the newest member of the cultural and media hub formed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki Music Centre, Sanoma House and Finlandia Hall.

Oodi is a reinvention of the concept of library. Come and experience it yourself and fall in love. 

Helsinki Central Library Oodi
Töölönlahdenkatu 4
00100 Helsinki

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