Exploring the Turku City Library

Our walk around Turku's centre on Thursday night took us past the city's public library. Remembering that it was mentioned as "worth a visit" by our host, Turku Touring, we decided to stop inside. We ended up spending about an hour there, wandering through the various rooms and enjoying the beautiful architecture, displays and light inside. I enjoyed it so much (and took so many pictures) that I decided it's worthy of its own post.

turku city library

The new building, designed by JKMM Architects (www.jkmm.fi), was an addition to the existing 100-year old library building and joins modern and classic architecture. With its wireless network and many displays, it is said to be almost a second living room for the residents of Turku. We definitely felt this as we walked through - the library was packed on a Thursday evening.

turku library reception

turku library

turku public library rotunda

turku city library

turku library stairs

turku library art

turku library internet

turku library studio

The children's section was particularly interesting, with its fun toy displays, colourful interior design, floor displays and appealing reading areas.

turku library barbies

During the summer the licensed cafe and courtyard are open, providing even more enticements to local residents to visit the library. It is possible to take a guided tour of the building, which is located at Linnankatu 2 in the town centre (turku.fi/library).

What's your favourite library in the world?

Many thanks to Turku Touring (turkutouring.fi) and the Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel for hosting us during our time in Turku.


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8 years ago

I want to go hang out in the children’s section!

8 years ago
Reply to  Emily in Chile

I know – so cool, right?

8 years ago

I can’t remember the last time I was in a library but this one looks really cool!

8 years ago
Reply to  Ali

The last few I’ve been through were on the road to use the internet – but none as gorgeous as this one!

8 years ago

Those space chairs look so comfortable. It’s funny, we have some of the most extravagant libraries in San Diego. The one near my house has an amazing ocean view and they are building a HUGE library in downtown San Diego that is probably one of the biggest buildings down there.

8 years ago
Reply to  Christy

Wow – that’s fantastic! I’ve always loved libraries…

8 years ago

What a great idea!! I’d never thought of exploring a library in a city I’m visiting. Love it. 🙂

8 years ago
Reply to  Krista

I’m so glad that the tourism board recommended it – I thought the same thing at first but am so glad we checked it out! =)

8 years ago

Wow, I love those relaxing bubble like couches . I would love to get a chance for once to explore the Turku City Library, this is a unique and trendy library unlike others!

8 years ago
Reply to  Adrian

I love those too! They should have bigger ones for the grown-ups =)

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