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National Library of Latvia

Just a bridge span from Old Town, on the left bank of the Daugava, looms an extraordinary, culturally significant edifice, the Castle of Light - the new National Library.

The new library building houses a modern information centre and ample space for cultural and social events, offering one and all multi-themed reading rooms and access to rare books and audio/video recordings besides the usual printed matter. Open to the general public for viewing is the [Latvian] Dainu skapis - the chest of drawers or file cabinet containing the thousands of Latvian folk verse - the wise and witty dainas. A cabinet that UNESCO  recognizes  as having global  significance; included on the register for the programme called  World Memory. The library building has already become active in organizing various exhibits, concerts and conferences.  Available here are a restaurant, cafe, WiFi, and the most splendid panoramic view of Old Town.

The basic objective of the new structure is to accrue and preserve national and international literary works, securing access to them for the general public. Over four million units are now located here, mostly Latvian publications concerning Latvia and Latvians.

Opened in August of 2014, the striking edifice is the masterwork of the world-renowned Latvian-American architect Gunārs Birkerts.

Tours:

Informative guided tours for groups Monday to Saturday; prior reservation on workdays /Mon-Fri/ from 9:00 to 17:00; 22022920, or at ekskursijas@lnb.lv. Foreign visitors please note a EUR 2 fee for a tour; groups of 15 - EUR 20. Guides  conduct tours in Latvian, Russian, German and English.

No entrance fee for individual, non-tour, visitors on floors 1-8.

Saistītie pasākumi

06 Mar - 30 Dec

Exhibitions

Exhibition - Book in Latvia

06 Mar - 30 Dec
The National Library of Latvia permanent exhibition Book in Latvia is a story of the history of Latvian book in a global context, inspired by the new image of the library. At the center of the permanent exhibition is the book – both as a material object and as a social and spiritual phenomenon that has changed and is still changing society at large as well as individual lives and minds.

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18 Jan - 21 Jan

Concerts (shows)

Multi-media performance Patterns of Light

18 Jan - 21 Jan
One of the opening events of Latvia's centenary celebration will be a special contemporary multi-media stage performance about the nation's roots, it people and itself. The producers have created a colorful world in this musical, spacial and plot-related performance, where the main role is given to Latvia's nature and how people perceive and live together with it. The performance stage will be the whole first floor of the Latvian National Library, which will feature kinetic objects, light beams, projections, as well as movements by actors. At the same time, the audience will have the opportunity to move around and view the performance from different viewpoints.

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18 Jan - 21 Jan

Concerts (shows)

Multi-media performance Patterns of Light

18 Jan - 21 Jan
One of the opening events of Latvia's centenary celebration will be a special contemporary multi-media stage performance about the nation's roots, it people and itself. The producers have created a colorful world in this musical, spacial and plot-related performance, where the main role is given to Latvia's nature and how people perceive and live together with it. The performance stage will be the whole first floor of the Latvian National Library, which will feature kinetic objects, light beams, projections, as well as movements by actors. At the same time, the audience will have the opportunity to move around and view the performance from different viewpoints.

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18 Jan - 21 Jan

Concerts (shows)

Multi-media performance Patterns of Light

18 Jan - 21 Jan
One of the opening events of Latvia's centenary celebration will be a special contemporary multi-media stage performance about the nation's roots, it people and itself. The producers have created a colorful world in this musical, spacial and plot-related performance, where the main role is given to Latvia's nature and how people perceive and live together with it. The performance stage will be the whole first floor of the Latvian National Library, which will feature kinetic objects, light beams, projections, as well as movements by actors. At the same time, the audience will have the opportunity to move around and view the performance from different viewpoints.

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18 Jan - 21 Jan

Concerts (shows)

Multi-media performance Patterns of Light

18 Jan - 21 Jan
One of the opening events of Latvia's centenary celebration will be a special contemporary multi-media stage performance about the nation's roots, it people and itself. The producers have created a colorful world in this musical, spacial and plot-related performance, where the main role is given to Latvia's nature and how people perceive and live together with it. The performance stage will be the whole first floor of the Latvian National Library, which will feature kinetic objects, light beams, projections, as well as movements by actors. At the same time, the audience will have the opportunity to move around and view the performance from different viewpoints.

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