Both buildings of the Seinäjoki main library are architecturally noteworthy. There are 50 years between the completion of the buildings, so there are lots of differences but also similiarities. The Apila-library is located so near the famous Aalto centre that it has affected the design. There is no imitation, only respect and references to Aalto. There are same materials used in both buildings but in the Apila-library they are used and interpreted in a new way.
- Book shelves and book houses are made of pine > in Aalto-library the shelves are also made of pine
- a lot of untreated concrete is visible inside the building, marks of the formwork are still visible in the concrete walls and ceilings > in Aalto-library in the ceiling of the adult’s lending department the formwork is also visible
- the facade is covered with copper > the roof in Aalto-library is also covered with copper
- the clocks resemble the clocks in the church tower
- the white wooden gratings inside the library > typical for Aalto’s libraries