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Welcome to the new Learning Centre!

The revamp of the library building designed by Alvar Aalto is nearing completion and it will open its doors once again on 31 October.
Interiors of the Harald Herlin Learning Centre. Photographer: Tuomas Uusheimo.

The Learning Centre is located next to the metro station in the very centre of Otaniemi. Besides a public scientific library, it is a showroom and a community centre for the modernising campus. It provides facilities for studying, working, meetings or just sitting down for a refreshing cup of coffee.

All of the University's library services are gathered under a single roof at the Learning Centre, as the Töölö and Arabia campus libraries and the library of the Department of Architecture are moving there. A new service called the Visual Resources Centre supports students and researchers by providing digital and print images and material for studying, projects, theses, research and inspiration.

Tori, located on ground floor, and the basement K – shown here still unfurnished – are open daily from 7am to midnight. Go to Tori for a peaceful read or for a quick power nap in one of the padded nest cavities that dot its wall.

The renovation of this notable structure, which was built in 1970, was a demanding project that took almost three years. The scale of the effort is illustrated by the fact that the library had some sixteen shelf-kilometres of information material, which has now been reduced to “just” five kilometres, but customers can also access material placed in the storage library if necessary.

Text: Paula Haikarainen. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo.

This article is originally published in the Aalto University Magazine issue 17 (issuu.com), October 2016.

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