Library

German Library Helsinki

The German Library was founded in the 19th century by private intiative. Since 1955 the library is maintained by the German Library Association (Saksalainen kirjastoyhdistys).

The library is open for everyone and offers approximately 40 000 books in German language, of which all can be loaned except for reference works. The usage of the library is free of charge and it is possible to borrow books outside of Helsinki.

The library offers guided tours for different groups and hosts literary evenings and other events. Since 1991 the library has been a literary centre for German-speaking countries and 2008 the library joined the Austriaca-database for Austrian literature. In 2007 the library received the award "Kulturpreis Deutsche Sprache".

Maunula House

Maunula House is a community centre that offers a wide range of cultural and recreational services for everyone. The diverse activities of Maunula House are organised by Helsinki City Library, the Youth Department and the Finnish Adult Education Centre in collaboration with the community centre's users. There's also a café, Månsas Deli.

Oodi, Helsinki Central Library

Oodi is Helsinki's new Central Library and a living meeting place in the city centre on the Kansalaistori Square. Oodi is a venue for events, a house of reading and a diverse urban experience. It will provide its users with knowledge, new skills and stories, and will be an easy place to access for learning, story immersion, work and relaxation. Oodi is a library of a new era, a living and functional meeting place open for all.

Töölö library

The Töölö Library, situated next to the Topelius Park, typifies modernism and is a fine example of library architecture of the 1960s. Curved shapes, light colors, bright spaces divided by glass walls and large windows opening onto the park are typical architectural features. A wide selection of books, magazines and news papers, music and movies available.