Finnish National Library

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Finnish National Library
The so-called domed hall of the library

The Finnish National Library ( Finnish. Kansalliskirjasto , Swedish National Library ), founded in 1640, is the oldest and most important scientific library in Finland . Until 2006 it was called Helsinki University Library ; Since 2010 another library has been using this name . The National Library serves to maintain the Finnish cultural heritage, but also the needs of the University of Helsinki , to which it is still subordinate.

The Slavic collection (around 450,000 volumes), which was created when the library was given the right to receive a deposit copy of every book published in the Russian Empire during the time of the Grand Duchy of Finland, should be emphasized .

The classical main building is based on plans by Carl Ludwig Engel and was built between 1840 and 1846. Over the years the building has been expanded several times. It is right next to the main university building in the historic center of Helsinki .

The library has over 200 employees and (2008) a budget of over 18 million euros.


  • Jussi Aro: The Arabic, Persian and Turkish manuscripts of the Helsinki University Library. University Library, Helsinki 1959.
  • Esko Häkli: Helsinki University Library: a jewel of architecture. University Library, Helsinki 1995.

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Commons : National Library of Finland  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 60 ° 10 ′ 13.3 ″  N , 24 ° 57 ′ 2.7 ″  E