Library Oodi

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Helsinki Central Library Oodi
Helsingin keskustakirjasto Oodi
Helsingfors centrumbibliotek Ode
Library Oodi 2019.jpg
Library Oodi in 2019.
TypePublic library
Coordinates60°10′26″N 24°56′17″E / 60.1738°N 24.9381°E / 60.1738; 24.9381Coordinates: 60°10′26″N 24°56′17″E / 60.1738°N 24.9381°E / 60.1738; 24.9381
Branch ofHelsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries
Size100 thousand books[1]
Other information
DirectorAnna-Maria Soininvaara

The Helsinki Central Library Oodi (Finnish: Helsingin keskustakirjasto Oodi; Swedish: Helsingfors centrumbibliotek Ode), commonly referred to as Library Oodi (lit. Library Ode), is a public library in Helsinki, Finland, inaugurated on December 5, 2018. The library is situated in the Töölönlahti district next to Helsinki Music Centre and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.


Third floor of Library Oodi

A bidding to build the library set out in 2012 was won by the Finnish architectural firm ALA Architects and structural design by Ramboll Finland.[2][3] The library was planned to be a three story building and to include a sauna and a ground floor movie theatre.[4] In January 2015, the Helsinki City Council voted 75–8 to launch the building project. The estimated costs of the new library were 98 million euros, of which the state agreed to pay 30 million in connection with the centenary of Finland's independence in 2017. The City of Helsinki budgeted 66 million euros for the building.[5]

On December 31, 2016, it was announced that the new library would be named in Finnish as Oodi and in Swedish as Ode (lit.Ode). There are two official names for the library in English: Helsinki Central Library Oodi and Library Oodi, Helsinki.[6] The library was built in the Töölönlahti district next to Helsinki Music Centre and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and inaugurated on December 5, 2018 on the eve of the Finnish Independence Day.[7][5][8]


ALA partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta (until 2015) and Samuli Woolston with Niklas Mahlberg, Michal Bala, Marina Diaz Garcia, Jyri Eskola, Zuzana Hejtmankova, Anna Juhola, Mette Kahlos, Anniina Kortemaa, Malgorzata Mutkowska, T.K. Justin Ng, Aleksi Niemeläinen, Marlène Oberli-Räihä, Olli Parviainen, Anton Pramstrahler, Akanksha Rathi, Niina Rinkinen, Pauliina Rossi, Heikki Ruoho, Mikael Rupponen, Mirja Sillanpää, Miguel Silva, Pekka Sivula, Tom Stevens, Tuulikki Tanska, Nea Tuominen, Jussi Vuori and Erica Österlund

Pöyry CM (project manager), Ramboll Finland/UK/Denmark (structural engineering), Finnmap Infra & Sipti Infra (geo planning), Projectus Team (HVAC), Insinööritoimisto Lausamo (electrical engineering), Insinööritoimisto Markku Kauriala (fire safety), Gravicon (BIM coordination), VIZarch (renderings), Arup (energy technical specialist, mechanical engineering, structural engineering and facade engineering in competition phase), Klaus Stolt (scale models)


  1. ^ "FAQ". Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  2. ^ "ALA Architects wins Helsinki library competition". Dezeen. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Helsinki Central Library to bring together people, stories and knowledge". Ramboll. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  4. ^ Rosenfeld, Karissa (18 September 2014). "New Images Take You Inside ALA's Helsinki Central Library". ArchDaily. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b "State-of-the-art Helsinki library to showcase wooden architecture". Yle Uutiset. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  6. ^ "The Central Library was named Oodi". Helsinki City Library. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  7. ^ "New Helsinki central library to include sauna after all". Yle Uutiset. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  8. ^ Rogers, Thomas (2018-12-06). "Helsinki's New Library Has 3-D Printers and Power Tools. (And Some Books, Too.)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-17.

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