My work experience at the Library in Omnia Espoo

Auringonlasku Suomenlinnassa
Sunset at Suomenlinna

Hello Guys! My name is Valentine from Munich, Germany, and I took part in a 4-week exchange in Helsinki, Finland.

I have never been to Finland before, so I was very excited to meet the people and their culture. The only advice I got from my colleague’s back home was: “Watch out because you fall in love with the Finns really fast and we would like you to come back.”

So, with that advice and a lot of extreme warm clothing I start my exchange in the Library of Omnia Espoo.

I’ve never worked in a library before, but I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn something new – and that’s exactly what I did.

In the beginning I got to know the super friendly team, they gave me a little tour through the school and the library. Then I started my work, they explained to me in an understandable way how I have to do my tasks and have always been ready to help.

My tasks were for example the preparation of new books, taking care of the digital learning tools (IPads, headphones), creating advertising signs, creating a small Finland exhibition for exchange students, compiling various statistics, writing a list of all international books and tried to help visitors when they had problems.

I had a lot of fun at my work and that was especially because of the great people I worked with.

Touring around Suomenlinna

What I noticed during my time here was the difference between German and Finnish libraries.

Here in Finland people really enjoy spending time in the library, whether they are young or old people they can come here and grab a book and read it in a relaxed atmosphere, you can even book rooms and learn something with friends or prepare for a school project/ work project.

In Germany the libraries are not a place where you spend a lot of time, it is a quiet place where you can quickly borrow a book and then leave.

We Germans could definitely learn this from the Finns.

Korvapuusteja ja Runebergin torttuja Fazerilla
Cinnamon Buns and Runeberg`s cakes at Fazer

In conclusion I can only say that, to the annoyance of my work colleagues at home, I fell in love, not with a Finnish man but with the city, the stunning nature, the delicious korvapuusti (Cinnamon buns), and above all with the open and warm way of the Finns.


Finnish winter
A little bit of snow

Kolme viikkoa Opiskelijoiden Digituessa: kv-vaihtarin kokemuksia Omniasta

Saksalainen Johannes Witterauf Bambergista oli kolmen viikon pituisella Erasmus-vaihtojaksolla lokakuussa. Hän työskenteli Omnian kirjastossa Opiskelijoiden Digituessa yhdessä omnialaisten työssäoppijoiden kanssa. Johannes kirjoitti kokemuksistaan vaihtojaksolla Omnian kirjaston blogiin.

Meille kirjastolaisille Johanneksen vierailu toi virkistävän mahdollisuuden työenglannin käyttöön ja käytännön yhteistyöhön kv-toimiston kanssa. – Osa kv-toimiston henkilöstöstä työskentelee nykyisin Kirkkokadulla kirjastossa, huoneessa KA0070.

My Exchange to Helsinki, Finland

How did you apply to this student exchange?


Our school provided a program called “Erasmus+”. All pupils were able to apply for the exchange to Finland. Luckily I was one of the 4 pupils who get picked for the 3 weeks trip to Helsinki.

Our first task was to find an apartment, but we didn’t know each other so we had to meet first to get known each other. We didn’t have much time left and only 11% of the apartments were still available. After a couple of days we finally found one affordable apartment in Helsinki, the perfect location for us to do some activities after our work.

What activities have you done in Finland?

Omnia provided us some beautiful activities e. g. visiting the sea fortress (Suomenlinna) and a Helsinki tour guide leaded by students of Omnia. Also we met some audiovisual communication students, they wanted to be our local guides. We also went to the National Park (Nuuksio), the Island Zoo, the classic smoked Sauna and to Estonia.

What have you done in your job there?


I worked at the Library in Omnia called Kirjasto as a “Digituki” (Digital Support). I had a couple of projects and also some routine work. One of my tasks was to put the Digital Support website into WordPress because the site needed to be also usable for mobile devices like tablets and mobile phones. Also the library has some iPads which can be borrowed by teachers for their lessons. After the teachers returning the iPads the original Image has to be restored to be ready for the new customer.

Also I was able to be a little part of an event. I helped to build up the network there and made the devices ready for the event.

I have learned a lot of new things and met a lot of interesting people during my practical time.

My personal experience in Finland?

I increased my English language skills a lot, also I learned some finnish words. Because we were staying at a private apartment, we get a very good view into the culture and how the Finns live.

To sum up, I can say that it was a beautiful time in Finland and the people are so friendly and helpful and a unique experience everyone should do once.