There definitely will not be bored.
In Finland, as in any European country to see the place outside of Christmas sales is almost impossible. But for this event, which the Finns waited for three years, many took the trouble to come early to be the first to get into the Holy of holies measurementname complex. Oddly enough, but the dominant event of the last year the whole country was …the opening of the Central library Oodi! What is library in Finnish and why at her door lined up more than a hundred meters.
If any other country in the world, the opening of the public library is quite ordinary and sometimes even boring, for the Finns, quite the opposite. The opening of the temple of knowledge Oodi in Helsinki has become a much anticipated event that people just lined up in a huge queue.
And it’s no wonder, because it’s all free: books and entertainment, a cinema and a sewing workshop, 3D printers and hammers, skis, sleds and much more! Pages Novate.ru the authors have not told about the amazing libraries in the world, but a temple of knowledge and wisdom is found for the first time.
This amazing library called the whole country, there was even a contest for the best name and after long discussions with thousands of options to chose the most eloquent – Oodi that is translated as “ode”. As it turned out, the Finns tend to read from a very early age, because kids going to school, everything is already written in the library and have a subscription Helmet – electronic library ticket gives the right to use any of the 63 children’s libraries in the country.
Most pleased and surprised that the government fuels this interest is the construction measuremenu complexes due to the budget. Was no exception and creating this amazing library on its construction and development was allocated more than $ 100 million, and the content of each year provided more than 8 million a year.
On what did and will leave that kind of money, understand in our material.
Given such a reverent attitude of the government to libraries, now it is not surprising that it was built in front of the Finnish Parliament (the building was erected in the early twentieth century) in the Civic square. Now, the ultramodern complex created from steel and glass, became the main decoration of this part of the capital.
The enormous complex was erected three years, and it consists of three floors of 5,000 square meters each. Thanks to the huge panoramic Windows, the building provides natural lighting and interior finishing of natural wood brings not only a special atmosphere of coziness and warmth, but also filled the space with subtle fragrance of spruce.
A large amphitheater with wooden supports, serves as a place for reading, chatting and just relaxing (Oodi Central library, Helsinki). | Photo: strelkamag.com.
If you create a library Oodi planned to organize not only a comfortable reading area, but also turn it into a real living room, where anyone can come and get all the rules of good absolutely for free. No matter whether it is a resident of the capital, people from the province, or a foreigner – it documents have no one to ask and set the minimum number of constraints.
On the first floor of a unusual library book Fund just yet. But it offers visitors who are still readers, there are cinema halls for lectures and events, and even a restaurant for a family party or friendly get-togethers. According to the Director Oodi Anna Maria Soininvaara, everything is completely free, it is permitted to bring their own food.
On the second floor of the library Fund Oodi either. There, not believe, by giant studios (makerspace), equipped with computer and copying equipment with the latest software, 3D printers, sewing machines, all kinds of power tools, which will benefit everyone in their personal needs, and many other very useful tech stuff.
Here is the Studio audio and video recording, games rooms and other studios with the same interests, which are equipped with ultramodern appliances and devices can also be used absolutely free of charge.
On the third floor of a modern library Oodi already has a reading room with unique book collection, which contains books and periodicals in 17 languages.
And there grow real trees, in tubs, of course, but it looks very original and creates a special charm. As the Finns – a nation of readers, and youth in particular, for parents created all the conditions to come, even with a baby, you can comfortably concentrate on your job.
This was organized not only children’s rooms with carpets and all sorts of games, but also special corners for mothers with babies. They have comfortable sofas and chairs, a microwave for warming formula and changing tables.
For readers of the third floor organized and cozy coffee shop, where you can easily go and eat their sandwiches, coffee or tea, free wi-fi and just chat or read.
3. The rights of readers and prohibitions
Let’s start with the bans, they are only three. This unique property is not:
– eat and drink near hardware (not just computer);
– sleep in a horizontal position (although in other libraries of the country it is not forbidden!), and take a NAP sitting in a chair with a book in hand is even possible.
Well, everything else is permitted, until the holding of prayer ceremonies, picnics, parties, active games, you can even sing and dance if it does not interfere with other visitors.
Given the daily attendance of 10 thousand people, (and in the first days after the opening many times more) receiving, sorting and delivering books in the right section of the reading room fully upgraded is make five robots. Because the library has only 54 people, and it if expected attendance of 2.5 million readers a year!
And even in the libraries of the country the staff involved … “scientists” dogs who are trained to patiently sit near the kid, trying to read by syllables and patiently listen to him! Not a joke of educators and psychologists believe that with the support of such an unusual listeners reading skills will form much faster. There was even a case when one of these dogs for their work received an award of 5,000 euros that went to buy food for his four-legged colleagues.
5. Additional services
Additional services provided by all libraries in the country without exception, from our readers is causing considerable surprise and even a real surprise. Imagine libraries of Finland in addition to books, magazines and Newspapers you can borrow an incredible amount of very useful things.
The list is not just surprising, it results in a stupor with all sorts of equipment for repair in the house and even its construction, any sports equipment, apparel, or any trainer, musical instruments, up to the most exotic, Board games, computer equipment, sewing machines and even cars, starting with the racks and jacks and ending child seats. Just the list of tools, items and things around 30 thousand items, which anyone can rent absolutely free! And another very important fact, if you need punch or skiing will be in the library near the house, they certainly will deliver anywhere in the country and is also free of charge.
As it turned out, these services are implemented not only because of thrift among Finns, but also to people just not cluttering up your apartment (environment including) low required tools and things. It’s so convenient just to rent a car, drill or jigsaw, you may need every few years.
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