Frequently asked questions
What library card does Oodi accept?
Central Library Oodi is part of the Helsinki region’s Helmet network of public libraries. As such, the library card accepted at Oodi is the Helmet library card. Material borrowed from Oodi can be returned to any Helmet library.
How can I give feedback to Oodi?
You are welcome to give feedback and suggest improvements.
How do I book a guided tour of Oodi?
Information on guided tours of Oodi is available on the Tours page.
How do I book facilities at Oodi?
Facilities in Oodi can be booked through Varaamo.
How much does facility reservation cost?
Most of the facilities can be booked for free. However, a fee may be charged for reserving the larger event venues, such as the cinema and the multi-purpose hall.
Can I hold an event at Oodi?
Yes, you can. Oodi serves as an activity and performance platform for the residents of Helsinki. You can organise events open to everyone, workshops or even cooking classes at Oodi.
Can I host an art exhibition at Oodi?
Oodi can be used as a venue for displaying digital art. If you are interested in showcasing your digital artworks at Oodi, please send a message to email@example.com. Oodi does not have any wall surfaces or showcases suitable for displaying physical works of art.
Where can I order catering for an event held at Oodi?
Catering at Oodi is handled by Food & Co.
Can I take photographs or shoot video in Oodi?
Oodi is a public space in which customers can hold small-scale photo shoots during the library’s opening hours. Please notify us of your photo shoot plans in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org
When planning a photo shoot, please take the following into consideration:
All photo shoots must be carried out so that no customer facilities, passageways, staircases, guides for the visually impaired or services are made unavailable due to the shoot. The photo shoot must also not disturb other customers or the staff in any way. It is polite to ask for permission to take pictures if there are people in the background. We would prefer that no photo shoots are carried out at the north end of the third floor (children’s section). If a photo shoot requires any customer facilities to be made unavailable, the shoot must be carried out outside opening hours.
Oodi can be used for photo shoots outside its opening hours for a fee in accordance with the price list. To request more information: email@example.com
Are the lavatories at Oodi free?
Yes, they are.
Can I eat my own snacks and food at Oodi?
The following are allowed:
- Eating your own small snacks on all floors
- Dining in Oodi’s restaurant and café
- Purchasing beverages or food from Oodi’s café and enjoying them elsewhere in the premises
- Ordering catering services from Food & Co. to the facilities of Oodi
The following are not allowed:
- Eating snacks or food near computers and machines
- Eating strong-smelling foods in the public spaces
- Eating in the movie theater Kino Regina
- Eating your own snacks or foods in Oodi’s café or restaurant
- Ordering catering services to Oodi from a service provider other than Food & Co.
- Drinking alcoholic beverages outside of designated areas in Oodi’s café and restaurant
Who do I contact regarding lost property?
You can enquire about any lost items at the information desk located on the first floor of Oodi or by telephone at +358 (0)9 310 85000. Lost items are kept at Oodi for two weeks, after which they are delivered to Suomen löytötavarapiste (Lost Property Office), located in the Kamppi Shopping Centre.
Can I visit Oodi with a pram?
Oodi is accessible to prams. There is a pram-free area in Children’s World on the third floor next to a parking area for prams. During major children’s events, there is also a temporary pram parking area on the ground floor. During other major public events, access to Oodi with a pram may have to be restricted due to security reasons.
How accessible is Oodi?
Particular attention was paid to accessibility when designing Oodi. All our facilities are accessible.
Where can I find disabled parking near Oodi?
There are disabled parking spaces by Oodi’s southern entrance, between Oodi and Sanoma House.
Are dogs allowed in Oodi?
The only pets allowed at Oodi are guide dogs . Helsinki City Library has ruled that some of Helsinki’s public libraries are open to dogs and other pets, while others only allow guide dogs. Of the public libraries in the city centre area, the Rikhardinkatu Library welcomes dogs. Dogs are also allowed on the ground floor of Kallio Library.
Can I borrow a wheelchair to use in the library?
Yes, Oodi has one wheelchair that is available for necessary use during the library visit. You can borrow the wheelchair at the information desk on the first floor, and return it to the same location.
How many books does Oodi have?
Oodi has a collection of 100,000 books, magazines, newspapers, sheet music, films and games. Oodi’s collection includes books in 20 different languages and material aimed at children, young people and adults alike. Oodi is one of the Helsinki region’s Helmet libraries, which provide customers with access to nearly 3.5 million individual works.
Does Oodi accept books as donations?
Oodi is not equipped to process donated books to make them available to borrow, as a result of which book donations are currently not accepted at Oodi. If you are interested in donating books, please contact one of the other Helsinki City Library locations.
How can I get a job at Oodi?
How was Oodi’s name chosen?
The City of Helsinki organised an open competition for the naming of the new library in October 2016. A total of 2,600 suggestions, 1,600 of which were different names, were ultimately submitted for the competition. Of these suggestions, the jury picked ‘Oodi’ as the name for the new library. The grounds for the selection included the fact that Oodi is easy to remember, short, easy to pronounce and inflect and works in many different languages. The aim was that the name should also have connections to literature and thus the library.
Is Oodi Helsinki’s main library?
No, it is not. Pasila Library will remain Helsinki’s main library and the administrative centre for the city library, and it will continue to manage the city library’s national development duties. Pasila also houses Helsinki City Library’s largest music collection, multilingual library services and the book warehouse.
What sparked the idea for building Oodi?
The idea was first proposed in 1998 by Claes Andersson, who was the Minister of Culture at the time, suggesting that a city library be built where the Finnish Parliament Annex now stands. On 28 January 2015, the City Council approved the construction of the Central Library.
How was Oodi funded?
On 28 January 2015, Helsinki City Council decided that Oodi was to be funded by the City of Helsinki. However, the state also granted 30 million euros, since Oodi is one of Finland’s key centennial projects. The total cost was 98 million euros.
What can I do at Oodi?
Oodi is what you want it to be. See your friends, create art, read and relax. Visit Oodi with your family, book a meeting room or spend a work day in a calm environment. You can even hold your own event at Oodi!
Read more about Oodi
Visiting the children’s area in Oodi
Oodi’s services for tourists
The renovated children’s section at Oodi invites visitors to read books
The opening of Oodi’s redesigned children’s area
Oodi’s Guided Tours for Student Field Trips
Oodi’s opening hours during Easter
The Helmet Activist Diploma campaign encourages environmental action
Library reservations increasing – borrowing from the shelves to be encouraged
Oodi Book Fest: celebrating literature and Central Library’s fourth anniversary
Library literary events developed to reach new audiences
Echoes – exposure and synchrony at the Oodi library
New art at Oodi in August
COVID-certificate printing services are closing at Oodi
Helsinki City Library invites you to share and read empowering books
Thank you for your feedback!
Take part in a survey on Oodi’s studio services
Helsinki Central Library Oodi organises its first Tolkien Day
What does the library have to offer?
Oodi’s services: Aura