Guided tours

You can participate guided library tours during the conference on Wednesday November 2nd and Thursday November 3rd.

Guided tour to Fyyri, an award winning library in Kirkkonummi 

A spectacular library experience just 30 minutes from Helsinki! 

Before the NLA conference program begins, we provide you a chance to visit Fyyri, the main library in Kirkkonummi, which is a municipality located west of Helsinki. Fyyri opened its doors in October 2020. The library building is designed to be a public living room and a multifunctional space, including a community park, a youth space, a music school for children and music hall for concerts and other events. In the renowned international World Architecture Festival 2021, Fyyri was awarded best library in the “Civic and Community – Completed Buildings” category.  

We have made visiting Fyyri simple for you. We have booked a bus that takes us from Oodi library in Helsinki to Fyyri library in Kirkkonummi and back in time for the conference registration.  

The bus and the guided tour are free of charge, but participants pay their own lunch in Kirkkonummi. 

Registration: Register for the tour in the same form as you register for the conference. 

Timetable November 2nd 12:00-15:15:

  • 11:45 Gathering in Oodi library (Töölönlahdenkatu 4) outside of Maijansali
  • 12:00 Bus leaves to Kirkkonummi
  • 12:30-13:15 Lunch in the library café Messi
  • 13:15-14:45 Guided tour in Fyyri library
  • 14:45 Departure from Fyyri library
  • 15:15 Back at Oodi library


Guided tour in Oodi Library  

Get the full experience by joining the guided tour around the library! 

Helsinki Central library Oodi is an urban public space open for everybody. Built in 2018, Oodi is a multifunctional building with facilities such as group rooms, studios, game rooms, a cinema and even a kitchen! At the urban workshop on the second floor, one can use a range of professional tools such as laser cutters, sewing machines and 3D printers. On the third floor, you find Oodi’s Book Heaven with 100,000 books, 7 reading oases and The Citizens’ Balcony. Oodi is also a popular venue for events including lectures, film festivals, workshops and conferences. 

The library is located in the heart of Helsinki, close to Helsinki Music Centre, Finlandia Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Opposite of the library you find the Parliament Building. With its over 10 000 square meters, Oodi is the biggest library in Finland. Oodi has won multiple awards, including the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) Public Library of the Year award in 2019.  

Oodi is not your typical library, but as described by the city of Helsinki, it is the library of a new era!  

Registration: Register for the tour in the same form as you register for the conference. 

Choose between two tours: 

  • November 2nd 14:00-15:30 
  • November 3rd 8:30-9:45

Gathering at the Oodi´s Info Point, 1st floor.

Visit The Nordic Culture Point and its Nordic Library  

A cultural institution promoting awareness of Nordic culture in Finland

On the morning of the second conference day, you will have the opportunity to visit the Nordic Culture Point, or Nordisk Kulturkontakt, which is its Scandinavian name. As an institution of the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Nordic Cultural Point is a part of the official Nordic cooperation.  

Nordic Culture Point manages funding programmes, cultural events and a library with books, magazines and films in all Nordic languages. The visit includes a guided tour around the library as well as a presentation of Den nordiska bokslukaren, a project that has developed pedagogic material for discussing Nordic picture books with children.  

Nordic Culture Point is situated in the center of Helsinki in Kaisaniemi, a short walk away from Oodi library.

Registration: Register for the tour in the same form as you register for the conference. 

Time: November 3rd 8:30-9:45. 

Gathering at the Nordic Culture Point, address: Kaisaniemenkatu 9, Helsinki.