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[from Wikipedia] The Helsinki Central Library Oodi (Helsingin keskustakirjasto Oodi), is a public library in HelsinkiFinland. The library is situated in the Kluuvi district, close to Helsinki Central Station and next to Helsinki Music Centre and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.

A design competition in 2012 to build the library was won by the Finnish architectural firm ALA Architects and structural design by Ramboll Finland. ALA Architects won the commission over 543 other competitors. The library was planned to be a three-story building . In January 2015, the Helsinki City Council voted 75–8 to launch the building project. The estimated cost of the new library was 98 million, of which the state agreed to pay €30 million in connection with the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017. The City of Helsinki budgeted €66 million for the building.

On December 31, 2016, it was announced that the new library would be named Oodi in Finnish and Ode in Swedish. The name was selected from a pool of 1,600 names proposed by the public. According to Helsinki Deputy City Director Ritva Viljanen, “Oodi” was chosen because it’s easy to remember, easy to say, and easy to translate. The selection jury did not want to name the new library after a person.

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