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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Helsinki University Library, Main Library / University of Helsinki
3 Address P.O. Box 53 (Fabianinkatu 30), FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
4 Phone / Fax / Email +358 294 1911
5 Name of the director of the library Mr. Kimmo Tuominen, University Librarian, Dr. SSc
6 Contact person for enquiries Matti Hjerppe
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 100300 [100,300 of which active readers 40,600]
8 Number of full time students 36200
9 Number of part time students 27400 [27,400 (open university, updating training)]
10 Number of staff in institution 8400
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 12464 sq. metres [12,464 m² in several buildings (4 faculty libraries, Undergraduate Library)]
12 Number of reader seats 996
13 Total capacity of shelving 31472 linear metres
14 …in open access storage 24764 linear metres
15 …in closed access stacks 6708 linear metres
16 Number of library staff 90 [approximately]
17 Opening hours to the public Different opening hours, depending on the library: 45-61 hours per week; 284 days per year

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm Anttinen Oiva Architects Finland;
19 Project Architect Matti Huhtamies
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project The University of Helsinki developed its library structure by joining together the four faculty libraries (humanities, law, social sciences, theology) and the Undergraduate library of its Central Campus which were dispersed around different parts of the city center. Also the Joint Services of Helsinki University Library operate in the building. Floor area is the same as before. Main designing goals were: flexibility, functionality, ergonomy, recreational space, sound zones, acoustics, accessibility, logistics. The facilities have been divided into functional zones.
c special features
22 Site The building is located in the very center of the city, close by the university’s main building(s).
23 Architecture The library building complements the urban block by adding a curved brick façade, integrated within the street line formed by the adjacent buildings. The fence fenestration grid, which blurs the standard floor division, together with the large arched openings give the library a district external appearance. The terraced reading galleries in the interior also show in the façade between the large arched openings. By varying the size of the arched openings the building is fitted as integrative solution of three different types of street space.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area The whole building 24,449 m² (library and business premises included), Library premises only 17,165 m².
divided into
25 Open access services 10130 sq. metres [of which 308 m² in 12 reading rooms]
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual 10 sq. metres [one room]
27 Computers 164 sq. metres
28 Special collections see 34
29 Seminar room(s) 186 sq. metres [13 rooms; of which 11 rooms with self-service reserving via internet (university students and staff only)]
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space 56 sq. metres
31 Lecture hall None
32 Public refreshments 15 m² in library premises, 246 m² in business premises
33 Administration and staff areas 2304 sq. metres [includes offices, meeting rooms, staff-only refreshment premises, and storages]
34 Closed access stacks 709 sq. metres
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 3591 sq. metres [library premises only]
36 Further information 11 floors, 8,5 of which comprise library premises, and 2,5 business premises
37 Number of reader seats (total) 939
divided into
38 Audiovisual 2
39 Computers 81 [of which 28 places in open access areas]
40 Seminar room(s) 856 [of which 121 places in reading rooms and seminar rooms]
41 Regular
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 1500000 volumes [printed books and periodicals]
43 Open access stacks 33628 volumes
44 Closed access stacks 16823 volumes [included 43 and 44]
45 Compact shelving
46 Audiovisual materials
47 Other
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 83 [83,5]
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning Air conditioning with cooling
50 Heating Central heating system with automatic control. Hot-water heating (radiators)
51 Lighting Ceiling lighting, some of the reading places with individual lighting
52 Acoustics Acoustic paneling on the ceilings
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators 3 lifts + 2 lifts for the staff
54 Book transportation system Book drop machine, sorter (28 vans)
55 Theft detection RFID
56 Building management system
57 Type of IT infrastructure All building wireless enabled
58 Other

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief 2005-2007
60 Architectural competition 2007-2008
61 Period of project February 2010-April 2012
62 Opening of the construction work February 2010
63 Conclusion of the construction
64 Furnishing and moving the collections
65 Opening of the new building for public 03.09.2012

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site
67 Building 53500000 euro [the whole building]
68 Furniture and equipment 1600000 euro [library only]
69 Fees
70 Total
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding) Kaisa House has been funded by the University of Helsinki Funds.

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