Introduction in plain English: What is a library?

The library in plain English

Every municipality in Finland has a public library.

Public libraries are meeting places and cultural centres.

Libraries are for everyone.

They are places where you can:

  • borrow books, magazines, music and films
  • use library computers, printers and other electronic devices
  • go to events and join a book circle
  • spend time and meet friends
  • read and study in a study area
  • book a space for a meeting or an exhibition


Almost all library services and events are free of charge.

You need a valid library card to borrow materials from the library.

The library staff answers your questions and helps you use the library.

More information available at the library and the library website