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.
Kallio library is a public library part of the Helsinki City Library and located in Kallio district. The library building in late art nouveau style with classical influences was designed by Finnish architect Karl Hård af Segerstad in 1912, and is the fourth oldest of library building in Finland. There are over 100 000 volumes in the library, of which 80 000 are books.
The National Library of Finland is not just a library, it is also a sight and a cultural destination where exhibitions and cultural events take place. The Library's main building was designed by architect C.L. Engel in 1836 and was built in 1840-45. The main building of the National Library of Finland is one of the most renowned landmarks of the early 19th century Empire architecture and is also significant among the public libraries of its time at a European level. The annex is called the Rotunda and was built in 1902-06, architect Gustaf Nyström.
Rikhardinkatu Library, the main public library of Helsinki until 1986, was designed by architect Theodor Höijer in 1881.
Today Rikhardinkatu Library houses not only books but works of art. The library of Helsinki has been acquiring a collection of artists' books since 2000. Currently there are almost 500 pieces in the collection. There are changing exhibitions on all three floors of the library and an artotheque at the library which displays works of art by the members of the Helsinki Artists' Association.
There are also litterature and music events organized regularly.
The Nordic Culture Point is a cultural institution located in Helsinki, and is part of the official Nordic cooperation. The Nordic Culture Point has three primary functions. It administers four Nordic grant programmes, runs a library and cultural centre in downtown Helsinki, and hosts events.
The gallery features around 200 journals published by members of the Finnish Association for Cultural, Political and Scientific Journals (Kultti ry) and the Swedish language Journal Centre (Tidskriftscentralen).
The Kaisa House functions as the Main Library of Helsinki University. The house has gathered several architectural awards and is a stunning example of modern library architecture. It has an curvilinear brick facade. Architects AOA (2012). There's also a café in the building, WELL Cafe Kaisa-talo.