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The Yellow Library - Phases of the Jyväskylä University Library building

Exhibition from September 28th, 2018 to April 18th, 2019 in the Main Library's Ex Libris exhibition hall (B, 2nd floor)
The Yellow Library - Phases of the Jyväskylä University Library building

Photo: Kimmo Miettinen

The main library building of the University of Jyväskylä is facing a major change: The first renovation of the Library, originally constructed in 1974, is about to begin in 2019 and the interior will be remodelled.

The building was designed by architect Arto Sipinen (1936–2017) as part of an entity of administrative and faculty buildings in Seminaarinmäki. The library was one of the first buildings in Sipinen’s long and notable career.

Sipinen, a recipient of the Pro Finladia medal, collaborated with interior architects Vuokko and Torsten Laakso to create a design in which yellow was repeated with blue, white and black in both structural elements and furnishing.

When completed, the Library was, counted in reading room seats, the largest scientific library in the Nordic region.

The exhibition The Yellow Library – Phases of the Jyväskylä University Library building is assembled by the University Museum and the University Library, which are both part of the Open Science Centre. The exhibition introduces the phases of the building from its design to the present day and encourages you to get familiar with the building before the renovation as well as to share your memories of the Library.

The exhibition also collects knowledge, memories and experiences related to the library building and its operation: Tell us your library memories!

The exhibition is part of the theme Know your heritage, share your story of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

The Yellow Library – Phases of the Jyväskylä University Library building is displayed on the second floor of the Main Library during its opening hours (Seminaarinkatu 15, Building B). The exhibition is open from 28 September 2018 to 18 April 2019 and is free of charge.

Further information: coordinator Riikka Javanainen


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