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Empty shelves at new Helsinki library; 66,000 items borrowed since December opening

In Finland, Helsinki’s new library Oodi has been so popular since opening late last year that shelves are sitting empty, particularly in the children’s section, reports Finnish news outlet Yle.

Oodi opened on 5 December 2018, with about 66,000 items being checked out in that month alone, or around 5000 items per day.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the €98 million (A$154m) project was built to commemorate Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence from Russia. Finland’s 5.5 million inhabitants borrow 68 million books per year and Oodi is expected to experience 2.5 million visits per year.



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