Library Spaces 
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Architectural wonders inspire library staff and patrons.

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innish library has always been an important building established in the most prestigious spot in town. It has been designed to evoke pride and imagination, to bring citizens together and to function as a busy centre for cultural activities and learning. That is why library architecture has always been a significant element of library development in Finland.

The stylish but welcoming glamour of Turku City Library, the fanciful wood grouse shape of Tampere City Library, the renovated Oulunkylä Library where new facilities were designed according to an innovative award winning concept or the beautiful Kuhmo Town Library on the riverbank of Pajakkakoski rapids — not to mention the libraries designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto in Vyborg, Rovaniemi, Espoo and Seinäjoki — all testify of the value and appreciation of Finnish library architecture.

Kaisa House, the new Helsinki University Main Library, situated in the middle of busy shopping streets and campus area, and the future Helsinki Central Library, to be erected in the middle of other important cultural institutions, are among recent examples of centrally located city libraries that are easily accessible, architecturally interesting and that will become havens for information, learning and exciting experiences.

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