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Tapiola Library, Espoo, Finland

Learning to Code at Tapiola Library
Learning to Code at Tapiola Library

Name of the Library Tapiola Library
Parent Organisation: Espoo City Library

Street Address:Kaupinkalliontie 10
Postal Address: Tapiola Library, P.O. Box 3615, 02070 City of Espoo, Finland
Telephone : +35850 4289392
(incl Country code)
Web Address http://www.helmet.fi/tapiolalibrary
Library Email kirjasto.tapiola@espoo.fi

Type of Library : District Library
Population served: 40 000
Project Type: Conversion
Size (square metres):2000
Date of Completion: 1989
Architect: Arto Sipinen

High School students interview Minister of Transport and Local Government at Tapiola Library
High School students interview Minister of Transport and Local Government at Tapiola Library

 1. We set out to change our library culture to a more lively ‘makers’-library with a hacker mentality. We are involved in promoting sustainable development by inspiring people to do things yourself, recycle and to learn new things. This is achieved by deconstructing the traditional library space into a ‘creative disorder’-space for customers and employees. We are in the process of releasing the library space for the use of the community. The library staff holds their meetings in customer premises. Some of the staff and the director of the library work without a service desk. This way we are more easily encountered by customers. By reducing our traditional collection we free up space for customers to act and be. Cultural events are being held for both adults and children (literature, politics, movies, singing performances, ballet, bobbing lace.) Customers are served porridge on Thursday mornings.

2. The lending of music records has been declining for several years. We moved the music related material to the middle of the library thus freeing up roughly 300 square meters of space for our 3D-printers, electronic drums, embroidery, vinyl-cutter, shirt press, book repair station, AV-digitalization equipment, a music workshop, a drone camera copter etc. In this makerspace customers manufacture, learn and work. Anyone who enters the space is welcome to join in any aforementioned activity. A staff member is always present to assist and uphold a pleasant atmosphere. The library offers a continuous stream of programming courses for all ages and workshops for shirt-making, crocheting and music.

Learning by doing at Tapiola Library
Learning by doing at Tapiola Library

3. The children’s section is being transformed into one of a more open and secure nature. All children’s non-fiction literature has been merged with adult literature of the same type. Space is being freed to accommodate more active ways of interaction. READs (Reading education assistance dogs) are available for reservation once a week per customer. Short films are made and tabletop/internet games played.












Sello Library, Finland


Event in Sello library, view to the main entrance Photo by Gunilla Heiman
Event in Sello library, view to the main entrance
Photo by Gunilla Heiman

Name of the Library: Sello Library
Parent Organisation: Espoo City Library

Street Address: Leppävaarankatu 9
Postal Address: PL 3611
Telephone : +358 46 877 2096
Web Address: http://www.helmet.fi/fi-FI/Kirjastot_ja_palvelut/Sellon_kirjasto
Library Email: oili.sivula@espoo.fi

Type of Library: District Library
Population served: 70 000
Project Type:Refurbishment
Size (square metres): 5800 (two floors)
Date of Completion 1.9.2003
Architect Architects Helin & Co



Sello Library is located in a shopping mall. Library staff is identified visibly of vests. Work garment is used to emphasize the free usage of space. Space for working, reading, socializing, art exhibitions of our customers, being with children and young people and making music is in particular demand at the moment.

Sello Library opened a Makerspace with 3D printers, lamination machine and sewing machines in April 2014.

Lava is our Event Stage and our goal is to get the customers involved in organizing most of the events:

– Interviews, music, dance, drama, movies, Literature Evenings
– Yamaha N 1 avantgrand hybrid piano is available all the time on site
– Events for immigrants, events organized by immigrants
– Guidance in using HelMet Web Library, internet, iPad and mobile phones
– Can be reserved for any purpose our customers can think of.
All the events and seminars are free of charge. Drop by and listen to them for a couple of minutes or the entire show.
Pointti for Youth – here and now!
Do you want to dance? Yes, there was a street dance evening and a competition last month at our library.

Meet our teenage customers and feel young again. Youth have found Pointti. That is the territory of the young. This is their kind of library section with welcoming feeling, non-discrimination and staff who are there just for teens and interested in their culture and their day and doings. Here the kids can relax, play all kind of games, find interesting books, create events together with the library or just hang around. There is no need to borrow a book!
– A place to meet people and talk with friends
– Young people’s information service
– Familiar staff around
– There can be even 70 teens during one evening
– All fantasy books are here
Librarians work together with Youth Services from 1.8.2013 on and this unique collaboration has been a success! The common aim is to support the growth of youth and create preconditions for civic activity.

Event for promoting reading in Sello library Photo by Gunilla Heiman
Event for promoting reading in Sello library
Photo by Gunilla Heiman

Sello Music Library activates your senses. You can borrow, listen, train, record and perform. Experience music totally, act as a subject at the extreme.
– CDs, Music DVDs, Music magazines, sheet music and music books
– Listen to music (vinyls as well!), play and record your own music in the Studio.
– Three impressive Yamahas: a grand piano, an acoustic piano and a digital piano
– Midi-based recording Studio (equipped by Apple iMac, Native instrument’s Komplete Sound library, Focusrite Pro40 soundcard, Arturia analog synthesizer, etc.)

Library for Russian speakers (funded by state) serves the metropolitan wide area and via self service package automats sends materials to every town in Finland by order. Collection holds 20 000 items and web service is opening in Cyrillic 18.11.2014.