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You can follow up on the construction of the Central Library online and through peepholes in the site fence


The construction site of the Helsinki Central Library is now on 24/7 webcam, so you can see how the work progresses by viewing the Central Library website from the comfort of your home. Passers-by can see the site by looking through peepholes in the site fence. 

The camera streaming the events on the site has been positioned on the eaves of the nine-storey Sanoma House, which is located south of the library site.

The camera will follow the construction work non-stop until early 2019. The live stream will not be recorded, but every day at noon the camera will take a photo of the view, so that the construction of the building will also be documented.

The link to the camera, ‘See it live!’ is available at

the construction site is now on 24/7 webcam

The site fence tells the story of the library and customers

The Central Library site now also has a site fence that describes the services and operations of the upcoming library by means of words and images.

In addition, the fence has peepholes through which you can see what is going on at each time and how the new library is shaping up. There are holes at various heights, so children can also see what kind of machinery is working on the site and what different phases there are in constructing a building.

The northern end of the fence has sections reserved for the city residents’ own messages. There is a section where you can put up your own posters, as well as a ‘Free speech’ zone where anyone can write or draw what they like.

Soil transport under way

If you view the webcam stream or look through the fence right now, you can see how contaminated soil is being transported away from the site.
The cleaning of the soil will continue throughout November and December.

Top moments will include the laying of the foundation stone in 2016, the topping-out ceremony in 2017 and the opening of the doors to customers on Independence Day 2018.


Text: Sari Lehikoinen

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