Pitäjänmäki and Paloheinä libraries will be renovated

Two local libraries in Helsinki are set to be renovated. Pitäjänmäki library will be closed for renovation from 30 September 2019, and Paloheinä library will be closed from 7 October 2019. Pitäjänmäki will be reopened on Monday 18 and Paloheinä Monday 25 November 2019.

The interiors of the libraries will be refurbished and the facilities will be modernised. These renovations have been planned together with customers and staff.

During the renovation, both Pitäjänmäki and Paloheinä library materials will have longer than usual loan periods, and the materials may be returned to any Helmet library in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. However, reserved books are subject to the loan periods issued by the original library, which means that you should check the due date on your receipt or in the Taskukirjasto application.

You should select another library as your local library from now on when making reservations. The closest libraries to Pitäjänmäki are located in Pohjois-Haaga, Kannelmäki and Malminkartano. The closest libraries to Paloheinä library are located in Maunula, Oulunkylä and Pukinmäki. The contact details for all Helmet libraries can be found at helmet.fi/libraries.

– The goal of the functional renovation of the facilities of Pitäjänmäki and Paloheinä libraries is to make these premises not only better libraries, but attractive resident facilities that invite people in to participate and be inspired. The library is a space for culture and leisure, and it serves the users of the nearby sports facilities in Pitäjänmäki, for example, and inspires people to get together and organise events in Paloheinä, says Saara Ihamäki, director of regional library services at Helsinki City Library.

Both Pitäjänmäki and Paloheinä library are the only local public indoor spaces available to everyone. Neighbourhood libraries are important parts of the everyday lives of local people and services that strengthen well-being in the area by offering a free and safe public space. Libraries also increase the attractiveness of districts.