Harald Herlin Learning Centre

Otaniementie 9
Photo of the Harald Herlin Learning Centre
Photo: Aalto University / Tuomas Uusheimo

From 3rd May on, the building and services are open to everyone, including those outside Aalto University.

What to do in the building:

  • Quickly pick up the books you need from the shelf
  • Pick up book reservations from the lobby
  • Do business quickly at the customer service point in the lobby
  • Borrow and return books from vending machines
  • Read material that is not allowed to be borrowed in the reading places marked in the lobby. The customer announces his arrival at [email protected]
  • Uses multifunction devices (printing and scanning for waves)

What can't be done in the building yet:

  • Stay on the premises
  • Uses client workstations
  • Uses reading rooms and group workrooms

Read more about the Learning Centre's activities during the exceptional period


Access rights, access tokens and key control on Otaniemi campus

On this page you will find instructions to access control and key control on Otaniemi campus.

For Aalto community

Modern multi-use library

Otaniemi’s library building was renovated and re-opened in Autumn 2016 as a multi-functional and modern Harald Herlin Learning Centre. Dynamic spaces support multi-disciplinary new types of learning, research and work.

The building features beautiful features of Alvar Aalto's (1898–1976) design, such as the fan-like shape of the building and the masterful use of indirect light. Harald Herlin Learning Centre and the Undergraduate Centre form one of Alvar Aalto's most important architectural building compilations.

There are two charging points for electric cars in the parking lot next to the building.



Alvar Aalto designed the building as the Main Library of the Helsinki University of Technology during 1964–1968. The construction work began in 1968 and was completed in 1969. In January 1970 the library was opened for business.

In 2010 the library was retitled Otaniemi Campus Library and became a part of the new Aalto University and Aalto University Library.

During 2015–2016 the building was completely renovated. The renovation was designed by NRT Architects. The renovation was carried out with respect to the original plan, in cooperation with the National Board of Antiquities and the Alvar Aalto Foundation.

After the renovation the building was again retitled Harald Herlin Learning Centre in 2016. The name pays tribute to Bror Harald Herlin (1874–1941), who was a Finnish engineer, entrepreneur and industrialist. The renaming was connected to how Aalto University Library was retitled Aalto University Learning Centre.

Harald Herlin Learning Centre won the Finlandia Prize for Architecture on 2 October 2017.


Further information

Alvar Aalto and the architecture of the Otaniemi campus

Alvar Aalto (wikipedia.org)

Alvar Aalto -säätiö (alvaraalto.fi) 

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