Lielahti District Library, Finland

The gaming room in Lielahti library is great fun for children and adults alike. Photographer Susanna Lyly
The gaming room in Lielahti library is great fun for children and adults alike. Photographer Susanna Lyly

Name of the Library: Lielahti District Library
Parent Organisation:Tampere City Library

Street Address: Teivaankatu 1
Postal Address:  33400 TAMPERE, FINLAND
Telephone :+358408007842
Web Address:
http://kirjasto.tampere.fi/kirjastot-ja-aukiolot/lielahden-kirjasto
Library Email:kirjasto.lielahti@tampere.fi

Type of Library:  (mark applicable)
District Library
Population served: 11000 people in the immediate surrounding area, though the library serves people even in the neighbouring municipalities.
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres): 1033m2
Date of Completion
19.5.2014
Architect:
Main designer: Arkkitehdit A3 Oy
Interior designer: Marjo Kreku

Lielahti 2

Description
Lielahti district library is a new vibrant and airy library, the first one in Tampere to be situated in a shopping center. In addition to shopping opportunities, other public services, such as a health-care center and a service center for the elderly, are situated in the same building. As such, the library is ideally situated in the center of people’s daily activities.

Special services in the library include a gaming room in which console and board games can be played, urban offices for working space, and a music room with surround sound capabilities for listening to music or playing the piano.

The children’s department looks fun and whimsical with its bright colors and furry furniture
The children’s department looks fun and whimsical with its bright colors and furry furniture

The library also includes a Tietotori, a computing area in which the library’s media secretaries hold computer courses and help customer’s in coping with the necessities of the information society, all free of charge. The library also cooperates with the local adult education centre in order to offer an even wider range of courses.

In general, Lielahti library collaborates widely, particularly with the other public services in the building. Ownership of some of the rooms is shared, and various events are already being collaborated on. Dancing, gaming and reading events for the elderly, health advice in conjunction with the health-care center and children’s events for the whole shopping center are only some of the possible opportunities.

 

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