Libraries in Finland that “do not work properly”

  In Helsinki, Finland, the local government spent 10 years and 98 million euros building a library: Oodi (meaning carol). The library is open to people for free, but Oodi has only 100,000 books, which can be called a “non-business” library. It turned out that Oodi was founded with the idea of ​​providing a free space for citizens and tourists. It’s as casual as your own living room, you can watch movies, listen to music, make clothes, walk your baby, play with 3D printing, laser lithography, and even medical students use it as a virtual operating room, where you can study Surgery…
  One Sunday, Finn Ross brought Chinese student Alei to Oodi and told Alei that not only books, but also tablets, cameras, tennis balls, etc. could be borrowed for free. Suddenly, Alei found that a button had fallen from her coat, and Ross immediately borrowed needles and thread from the administrator to help her sew it up. Alei was surprised, how come there are needles and threads in this library? “In addition to books, Oodi offers 100,000 items to borrow, which is truly ‘no business’,”
  Ross said. “Before Oodi was built, Finland’s ALA Architects won the design tender. But they weren’t in a hurry. Instead of breaking ground, we listened to the voices of the citizens over and over again. It took 5 years for the library to take shape after listening to the suggestions and ideas of tens of thousands of citizens: some people want to drink coffee or do yoga here, some people want to When watching movies, some people want to turn it into a playground… There are more than 400 kinds of ideas that have opened up their brains, and designers have realized them one by one.” After listening to Alei, she said with emotion: “It can be seen that the traditional library has long been unable to satisfy everyone’s needs. Need, what people want is a free space, a place to meet. In addition to reading, there are all kinds of services they want.”
  Citizens’ unrestrained ideas, coupled with the originality of the designer, after three years of construction, a “non-business” library was born. From the outside, the main building of the library is in the shape of a boat, with glass and steel as the skeleton, and the surface is covered with a large area of ​​Finnish spruce. The interior of the building is divided into three floors, each with a different function. The first floor provides a place for citizens to meet and communicate, as well as a cinema, exhibition hall and café. The second floor is a place for work and various hobby activities: children play games, adults sing, dance, play the piano, design and make a piece of clothing by themselves, play 3D printing, laser cutting, etc. Going up to the third floor, natural lighting and open space, here is not only a traditional library, but also a space for parent-child activities. Children’s noise is a positive and beautiful sound, which makes the adults present feel like they are back to childhood.
  A Lei also found that the spiral staircase connecting the first to third floors is composed of more than 400 sets of letters in random order. Ross explained that this is the key word people imagined about the library, and it silently shows people: this library is built for everyone.
  Since its opening in 2018, Oodi has gained a high international reputation for its advanced concepts and inclusive mentality. In Finland, with a population of only 5.5 million, its libraries received 6.3 million visitors a year. The most “inactive” library has become the most desirable place for people.