Izbaudi Rīgu

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

30 Jun

Concerts (shows)

Jazz vocalist Sinne Eeg

30 Jun
Considered the preeminent jazz vocalist in Scandinavia. Several-time Danish Music Award (Denmark’s Grammy) for Best Jazz Vocal earner. Sinne has already made her mark in the US, Japan, China, and throughout Europe with her exquisite live performances.

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01 Jul

Concerts (shows)

Jazz pianist John Beasley

01 Jul
Grammy nominated composer, pianist and music producer. John was born in the U.S., in the state of Louisiana. He has worked together in the past with such jazz music legends as Miles Davis, Steely Dan, James Brown, Dianne Reeves, etc.

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30 Nov - 27 Aug

Exhibitions

Exhibition "Secret Life of Advertising"

30 Nov - 27 Aug
The exhibition about advertising in the period between the world wars comprises several hundreds of small-sized commercials for goods and services in diferent media. In the wide array of exhibits, modern people will easily notice differences in communication culture, printing techniques and social life of the given time period that are always reflected in commercials. A large number of exhibits are dedicated to gender awareness and gender construction - the matter that remains topical at all times.

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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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