The World’s Most “Unprofessional” Libraries

  For people in this country, the library is the best way to reflect people’s equal and free rights in culture and education.
  In a place with almost the highest land price in the country, the Finns have created a fully open “living room”: no doorman, no security, no security check, whether you are rich, poor or homeless, you can come and go at will. Here, there is no gap between the rich and the poor, no noble or inferior, and everyone can obtain all resources for free. “Equality”, “freedom” and “civil rights” are the key words here. They used 100 million euros (800 million yuan) to create a “paradise”.
  If there is heaven, this is what it looks like
  . As one of the most expensive libraries in the world, it is very “non-business” here: the collection of books is only 100,000 volumes all year round. Everyone comes here to walk their babies, play musical instruments, make clothes, do brainstorming…even, they can cook. In addition to borrowing books, you can also borrow guitars, roller skates, headphones, tennis balls, blood pressure monitors, microphones… Almost all the objects that will be used in life can be borrowed here and used for free.
  Probably no country has the luxury of taking 17,250 square meters of prime location in the center of the capital Helsinki to build a free library, opposite the parliament building.
  It is such a library that “does not work properly”. Since its opening in December 2018, tens of thousands of people have come to read books, play, visit, and work every day… The Guardian and the New York Times are scrambling to report, the BBC even I asked the museum to close for a day to facilitate the shooting, but it was refused. Many people said: “If there is a paradise, it may be what this library looks like.” The
  city’s free living room It took 20 years
  from the official proposal in 1998 to the opening in 2018. The team of architects was selected by anonymous voting through a national public competition, and the entire construction process of the library was very transparent. They first determined that “this is a free, free space that is open to everyone”, and then asked everyone what their dream library would look like?
  Citizens are very imaginative. In addition to reading books, the library of their dreams can also watch movies, drink coffee, work, walk children, and play the piano; After several ideas were passed on to the architects, they discovered that the traditional library is not what everyone wants. They want a free space where they can do many things besides borrowing books and reading. As a result, the idea of ​​a “free living room in the city” slowly emerged.
  The architect brought everyone’s ideas together and divided it into three floors according to different functions. The library, clad in spruce planks, looks like a bridge, with a swooping structure that subtly integrates the public plaza into the library space.
  The first floor is the city’s “big living room”, which contains cinemas, cafes, galleries, and exhibition areas; on the stage of the multi-purpose hall, there are often various performances. Except for meals, everything else is free. Everyone interacts, shares and communicates here, and foreign tourists can also consult immigration, job hunting, Finnish courses and other related information here.
  The most shocking thing is the rotating metal staircase from the first floor to the second floor. The Finnish words printed on the black staircase are translated as “for those who are worthy of love”, “for those who fail” and “for the innocent”. “For the honest” “for the misunderstood”… 400 words in total, tell everyone that this library is built for everyone. Everyone who comes here and walks on the stairs will feel emotional: “equality” and “civil rights” are not just slogans, but also down-to-earth actions.
  On the second floor, many small rooms are flexibly set up between the bridge trusses to meet the needs of people in various aspects such as work, entertainment and leisure. Freelancers can rent a space for free and hold a group meeting no problem. Children have a dedicated computer game room with PCs, VR glasses and other equipment. Adults have a professional recording studio, piano room, photography studio, and even a kitchen that can accommodate 10 people, so they can bring wine here for parties. There are sewing machines, badge machines, 3D printers, laser cutters, giant poster printers on the workbench…all of which are free to use.
  The most high-tech is a “cube” room of about 100 square meters, with a smart glass wall installed, which appears milky white when not powered, and becomes transparent when powered, allowing virtual seminars to be held. These are not exaggerations, and what is even more impressive is that citizens can borrow almost all household items here.
  When we reached the third floor, the view suddenly widened. Overhead is a white cloud-like undulating ceiling, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and the entire space is “naturally lit”. It is called “Book Paradise”.
  However, in the area of ​​4,500 square meters, the book collection area only accounts for 1/3, and there are 100,000 books in total. On the left is the children’s library and lounge area. Children can take a book from the shelf at any time and go to the orange reading room to listen to their mother’s story. On the right is the stepped reading area and the quiet reading area, where readers without children can enjoy a quiet reading time. Step out the window, there is a surprising “citizen balcony”, directly opposite the National Parliament Building – this design is also to prove how important the free and equal enjoyment of knowledge and culture is in this country.
  Some people question whether 100,000 volumes are too few for a national library? In fact, the library has already arranged an online service for books. With just a click of the mouse, you can access 3.4 million volumes (pieces) of collections. After confirming the borrowing, you can directly go to the library closest to your home to pick up the books.
  The purpose of the “Ode”
  Finnish public library is to provide free lifelong learning opportunities and recreational supplies to all residents, regardless of age, rich or poor. Go through the entire library and you’ll find that they’re working hard on this purpose. It is really like the living room of everyone’s home, studying, working, meeting friends, taking children, drinking afternoon tea… You will not feel restricted here, except for a small amount of material fees, many services are not charged.
  The library’s name “Oodi”, translated into Chinese as “Carol”, was selected from 1,600 citizens’ entries. December 6, 2018 – Finland’s 101st Independence Day, it officially opened to the public.
  While libraries around the world are facing budget cuts, fewer users and even closures, Finland has built a free library open to everyone on the most expensive site. Because, for people in this country, libraries are the best way to reflect people’s equal and free rights in culture and education.
  In the 2017 revision of the Library Regulations, they require libraries to promote lifelong education, active civic engagement, democracy, and freedom of speech. Such a serious regulation is perfectly executed with warm actions, so that everyone living here can enjoy the freedom of lifelong learning for free.