Hämeenlinnan kaupunginkirjasto (Hämeenlinna City Library) has a great location by the shore of Lake Vanajavesi. The view towards the medieval Häme castle is imposing. When using the main entrance there are stairs downwards. This design offers a good overview of the library premises but is quite unpractical. With its location, its versatile collection of media and variety of services this library could be excellent, but the premises and furniture are rather shabby and worn-out. The library would need a renovation. FOUR stars: Very good.