The National Library of Finland organises exhibitions and related cultural events. Cultural activities provide experiences, joy and excitement related to literary culture and information retrieval to everyone in Finland.
Our cultural calendar lists the exhibitions and other events taking place at our library. The calendar is published bi-annually: in spring and autumn.
The Japonica Collection.The Japanese treasures of the National Library.
2.12.2019 − 2.3.2020
The Cupola Hall
The Japonica Collection encompasses roughly 2000 volumes in Japanese from the 19th century to the 1950s. Researchers may study the volumes in the Collection in the National Library’s Special Collections Reading Room. Some of the most interesting items from the Collection have been selected for this exhibition, including Japanese classics, books relating to the early years of Finnish-Japanese diplomacy as well as Japanese translations of Finnish books. Some of the pieces are true rarities.
University of Helsinki: Mika Heiskanen, Laura Kenttä, Yoshiko Osamitsu, Santtu Repo, Rie Fuse
The recipient of the 2020 Puupäähattu prize for a Finnish Comics Artists
23.1. - 29.5.2020
The exhibition features works by the award-winning artist Petteri Tikkanen.
In cooperation with The Finnish Comics Society.
The Most Beautiful Books 2019
17.3. - 31.10.2020
The most beautiful books and the best covers of 2019. Award-winning books where design and content complement each other perfectly. These books combine exquisite overall graphic design and typography with the finest art of bookbinding. The Finnish Book Art Committee has been selecting books for awards since 1947.
The Finnish Book Arts Committee: Vesa Salmi
The National Library: Marko Oja, Marleena Vihakara, Sisko Vuorikari
In cooperation with The Finnish Book Arts Committee.
The exhibition activities at the National Library of Finland aim to increase awareness of the unique collections at our library. Exhibitions create new information content on our national cultural heritage. The topicality and the interest of the general public are taken into account in selecting the varied contents.
The exhibitions are planned and implemented in cooperation with researchers, cultural institutions and associations, universities and other scholarly communities. The aim is to provide scientifically competent research content in a popularised form. The exhibition materials are selected from the collections of the National Library of Finland.
Main exhibitions: at the Gallery of the National Library of Finland
Smaller exhibitions: at Café Rotunda and the Slavonic Library