Frequently asked questions
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 by the city’s residents 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. The majority of the events held at Helsinki’s libraries are organised by customers. This policy has proven to work well and has been adopted at Oodi, as well.
Can I take photographs or shoot video in Oodi?
Oodi is a public space, so you can take photographs freely and free of charge, as long as any customers are not clearly shown in the photographs. Any photo shoots must be carried out so that no customer facilities or services are made unavailable due to the shoot. Photography or filming must also not disturb the customers in any way.
Are the lavatories at Oodi free?
Yes, they are.
How accessible is Oodi?
Particular attention was paid to accessibility when designing Oodi.
Are dogs allowed in Oodi?
Only service dogs. Because of allergy reasons, pets cannot be taken to any of Oodi’s floors. Some other libraries in Helsinki allow dogs.
How many books does Oodi have?
Oodi has 100,000 books.
How can I get a job at Oodi?
Oodi’s employees have already been appointed from amongst the Helsinki City Library’s permanent staff members. Our partners will have their own employees.
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.
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!