Kansalliskirjasto / The National Library of Finland

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The National Library of Finland, Unioninkatu 36, 00014 University of Helsinki


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Kimmo Tuominen


The National Library of Finland´s main building is designed by Carl Ludvig Engel and the Rotunda extension is designed by Gustav Nyström.

Year founded

The library was founded in 1640.

The National Library of Finland is the oldest and largest scholarly library in Finland. It is responsible for the collection, description, preservation and accessibility of Finland´s printed national heritage and the unique collections under its care.


Valuable Ptolemy atlases available online

A significant resource for cartography and the history of science is now freely available to all interested in history and old maps, regardless of time and place.

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