Main Library Metso

Two children sitting on the main library steps.

Midsummer opening hours

Midsummer Eve's eve Jun 20, open 9-17.
Midsummer Eve Jun 21, closed.
Midsummer Day Jun 22, closed.

Main Library Metso

Pirkankatu 2 33210 Tampere
Customer Service 040 8007848 (phone, local/mobile network fee) Lobby Services 040 4871500 (phone, local/mobile network fee) Children and Teens 040 6531988 (phone, local/mobile network fee) Music Services 040 8064918 (phone, local/mobile network fee) Interlibrary Loans 040 8007827 (phone, local/mobile network fee)
Opening hours 1.6.-31.8.2024:
Monday: 09:00-19:00
Tuesday: 09:00-19:00
Wednesday: 09:00-19:00
Thursday: 09:00-19:00
Friday: 09:00-19:00
Saturday: 10:00-16:00

The main library Metso is a well-known landmark in the centre of Tampere, located in the corner of Hämeenpuisto Park and Pirkankatu. Getting to the main library is easy on foot, by bicycle and public transport. The paid parking lot is located behind the library on the Mustanlahdenkatu side. The library has an accessible ramp leading from the parking lot to the main door of the library. 

Services on three floors 

The main library Metso has services on three floors. On the main floor, you'll find most of the collections, computers and a multifunction device, customer service, and a comfortable department for children and young people. It has places suitable for reading, working and spending time both in the library hall and in the quiet workspace. There is a space designated for the use of young people right next to the lobby, and the littlest guests will love the Storytime Room. If you need guidance, you can ask the caretakers in the library's main lobby. The everyday life of the library is full of literature events that are organised on the Metso stage. 

On the upper floor, you’ll find the music section that is well-known for its events, reservable music rooms, a spacious newspaper reading room and Cafe Metso where you can grab coffee or lunch. 

The lecture rooms and conference and exhibition spaces that can be used for a fee and the free-to-use project rooms are located on the ground floor of the main library. The ground floor also has another quiet space and a microfilm room. You can come to the open lobby to work, study or eat your snacks. In the library, you have access to the open wireless network SeutuOpen.  

Digital support from Main library Metso

The main library Metso offers its customers access to equipment such as computers, multifunctional devices, scanners and digitisation equipment. Check the status of your equipment on the Libraries' equipment for patrons page. We offer digital support and bookable digital tutorials for equipment use and digital problems. More information about digital support services, opening hours and contact details can be found on the Digital support from the library page

Complete architectural artwork 

Metso was completed in 1986, and both Finnish and international tourists will surely find its unique architecture interesting. The building, designed by the architect couple Raili and Reima Pietilä, represents organic architecture and it resembles a courting wood grouse from above. (The name of the library, Metso, means “wood grouse” in Finnish.) The architectural artwork is designed down to the door handles. 

The main library Metso was renovated in 2015-2017. The renovation respected the original appearance of the building: Metso's earthy colour palette and round design were preserved, and many original furniture was refurbished. At the same time, however, the facilities were adapted to meet today's needs, such as organising events and urban office-style work. The number of book shelves was reduced in order to make the space seem more open, increase natural light and clarify passages. The architect for the basic renovation was Marko Suutarla (Arkkitehtitoimisto Forssi Oy). 

The renovation of the Main Library Metso was rewarded with the 2017 Accessibility Award by the Disability Council of the City of Tampere. 

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Updated 14.6.2024