Ambassador Adams Visits the National Library of Finland

Deputy Chief of Mission Susan Elbow, Ambassador Charles Adams, Library Director Kai Ekholm, Chief of Research Services Liisa Savolainen (© State Dept.)

Ambassador Charles C. Adams and Deputy Chief of Mission Susan Elbow visited the National Library of Finland on November 27, 2015.  Library Director Kai Ekholm gave them a tour in the library, and the visitors also had a privileged opportunity to take an early peek at the oldest parts of the library building, the Cupola Hall and Reading Rooms, which will be reopened to the public next spring after a thorough renovation.

Ambassador Adams, a bibliophile himself, had an opportunity to see some invaluable collections of the National Library, e.g. the Reenpää collection of authentic vintage books of Finnish literature; the treasures of the A. E. Nordenskiöld collection of historical maps and geographical literature; and some pieces of Georg Henrik von Wright Collection of Western philosophical literature.

The National Library of Finland is the oldest and largest scholarly library in Finland as well as the largest independent institute at the University of Helsinki. It is responsible for the collection, description, preservation and accessibility of Finland’s printed national heritage and the unique collections under its care.