The exterior of this building designed by Carl Engel was covered in scaffolding on my last visit to Hesinki, but it is the interior that I find delightful.
You first enter the beautiful Cupola Hall with its gorgeous ceiling.
On either side of this room are the reading rooms.
The painted ceiling dates from 1881.
The rotunda was built later than the main building in 1903 and was designed by Gustav Nystrom. It has 6 floors above ground.
The bulk of the library’s collection is housed in a 57,600 cubic metre underground bunker drilled into solid rock 18 metres below the library.
You need to be a resident to borrow books from the library, but it is worth visiting to see this magnificent building and sit in one of the beautiful reading rooms and browse.
Don’t miss this beautiful building when you visit Helsinki.