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A first look into Oodi


The ground floor of Oodi, Helsinki’s new Central Library opening to the public in December, will be open for the first time on Tuesday 22 May 2018 3–6 pm. The tours will be guided by Oodi’s future employees.

The street level will host a photo exhibition and a timelapse video of Oodi’s construction phases. Visitors can also participate in YIT’s 100 Good Deeds project. For every good deed, YIT donates a spruce sapling to the 4H organisation to be planted in the Forest of Good Deeds.

Visitors can also participate in the making of a piece of art, to be placed in Oodi. The dedication is a public work of art created for Oodi by visual artist Otto Karvonen, which will serve as a dedication to the visitors of the library. It will be composed of words describing different population groups that have been painted on the staircase handrails. Anyone is welcome to make their suggestions on who the library should be dedicated to. Read more about the campaign here.

Oodi is a venue for events, a house of reading and a diverse urban experience. The Central Library has been designed together with the city’s residents so that it can best correspond with the wishes and needs of library users. Oodi will complement the cultural and media hub formed by Helsinki Music Centre, Finlandia Hall, Sanoma House and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. It will be a non-commercial, urban public space that is open to all, right opposite the Parliament Building.

The entrance for the tours is on the Kansalaistori side. See you at Oodi!

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