Finns Are 
 Surprised, Inspired 
 and Empowered by 
 Their Libraries

Networking, architecture, good collections, highly educated professionals… These are characteristics of Finnish libraries. Thanks to these elements of quality, we can add one more word to the list: popularity. Public, academic and special libraries are well visited and used even on the internet era. In public libraries the total annual lending was 18 items per citizen in 2011. The amount of downloads in academic libraries was 84 per student or staff member in 2011. Web visits now exceed physical visits.

All Finnish libraries are open and free to everybody, including university and research libraries, the Parliament Library and the Finnish National Library.

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Make it your own
Love of reading, thirst for knowledge
Libraries in unison