Espoo has 18 libraries, nine of which also serve as self-service libraries. In addition, there are two bookmobiles, that visit schools, day-care centers and other areas that have no local library of their own.
Finland is one of the few countries in the world that has its own Library Act, the law that defines tasks and official guidelines for public libraries. The first Finnish Library Act was first published in 1928 with the most recent revision in early 2017. It must live and develop with the community. The objectives of this Act are to promote equal opportunities for everyone to access education and culture; versatile literacy skills; opportunities for lifelong learning and competence development – as well as to promote active citizenship, democracy and freedom of expression.
Take a few minutes to watch this fabulous promotional video about public libraries in Espoo, Finland.