Lohja Library has been included as one of the projects making up the Finnish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018. The theme of this years' exhibition focuses on the importance of libraries within Finnish culture - both as a place for education and community.
Finland is regarded as being the most literate country in the world - and with 979 public libraries (one for every 5,400 people) that's no surprise. Despite being such a sparsely populated country around 40% of the population uses libraries. It's not all about books though, libraries in Finland offer a host of other services for residents. You can digitise your LPs and cassettes or borrow those items that you don't use enough to buy, such as tools or a sowing machine.
The architecture itself is a key part of the libraries' popularity and international acclaim - in Finland a library is as likely to be on a post card as a cathedral.
You can read more about the Finnish Pavilion on Domus here:
Or, visit the Lohja Library project page for more information about it: