Helsinki International Public Library
Public libraries are places of learning and sharing. They can function as symbols of inclusion and new opportunities and serve as true meeting places for everyone. Inspired by Central Library Oodi, we suggest a new library for Helsinki. Helsinki International Public Library ('HIP Library') would be a library with an extensive collection of books, newspapers, films and other material in all languages spoken in Helsinki. It would be situated in the centre in a beautiful, perhaps an old building. It could host a great café–restaurant, maybe even an international book store. Investment would be needed as the library should not be just an 'add-on' to an existing library / cultural centre but a new place in a new context, designed to inspire the future of Helsinki. Also, the collection should not be created only with currently existing books from local libraries (as they will still be very much needed there). Ideally, the collection would be co-created with experts and users of the library.
This proposal went through because:
The idea for Helsinki International Public Library could be developed if it is transformed to function within the existing library network of Helsinki instead of building a totally new library. Helsinki City Library wants to improve multilingual services and collections throughout the city so that the library will be welcoming and relevant place for as many international customers as possible. We suggest that during the development phase especially Pasila library could be developed as the central point for the International Public Library reaching to the whole city. The idea of participatory co-creation of services is very welcome.
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