Every Monday from 10:00 to 15:00 until 30 August, the National Library of Latvia (NLL) invites tourists and other interested parties to visit the Castle of Light. Visitors can tour a number of exhibitions, learn fun facts about the NLL and its history, take in the People's Bookshelf and enjoy the panoramic view from Levels 11 and 12.
In accordance with Ministry of Culture (MoC) guidelines for epidemiologically safe operations, the National Library of Latvia (NLL) has resumed on-site reader services. At any one time, 135 readers will be able to be on the NLL premises, with free access to all library levels, reading rooms and exhibition halls. On-site services will currently only be provided to individual visitors or members of the same household for study and research purposes. At the same time, readers will continue to have access to all the remote services (such as digital resources, consultation and training on the Zoom platform, a wide-ranging array of online events) that the Library has provided throughout the pandemic.
The National Library of Latvia (NLL) is open to public, but continues providing remote access to its digital resources and e-services. The NLL Digital Library has 12 collections. In addition, more than 20 full-text foreign subscribed databases, the National Encyclopaedia, as well as lecture, discussion, conference, reading and other audio and video content on NLL social networks are available for study and research purposes.
On 21 June, the Uppsala University Library (UUL, Sweden) Book Hall hosted a presentation on the project to reconstruct the book collection of the Rīga Jesuit College (1583–1621) and the opening of the Rīga Jesuit College Bookshelf. Ceremony participants included the President of Latvia Egils Levits, UUL specialists, Dagnija Baltiņa, Head of the National Library of Latvia (NLL) Special Collection Department and NLL Lead Researcher Gustavs Strenga.
Already this week, from 24 to 27 June, the first competition of the Erasmus+ youth debate project Debate Your Issue (DYI) will take place online from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. This event will kick-off an exciting summer tournament in the art of debate, with participants from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Serbia. Although due to the epidemiological situation it is not yet known in which countries it will be possible to hold the race in person, the project's participants are nevertheless ready to apply the new knowledge and skills that have been forged in intensive argumentation and speech training for more than six months.
On 9 June this year, diplomat Aina Nagobads-Ābola celebrated her 101st birthday. In honour of this outstanding Latvian diplomat's anniversary, President Egils Levits, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, National Library of Latvia Director Andris Vilks and former Ambassador Rolands Lappuķe announced the Gadsimta latviete (A Latvian Woman & Her Century) exhibition, which will be open to National Library of Latvia visitors from 16 June until September. Entrance is free.
The ceremonial opening of the large-scale Beethoven. Orbits exhibition will be broadcast live from the Latvian National Library (NLL) at 16.00 on 16 June and can be viewed on the NLL's website, as well as on its Facebook and YouTube sites. The exhibition was originally intended to host visitors at the end of 2020, when the 250th anniversary of the great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) was celebrated widely around the world. However, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the opening event has had to be postponed a number of times. As the epidemiological situation improves, the Library will re-open to readers from 12.00 on 16 June, after a break of more than six months, in particular inviting visitors to the new exhibition. The exhibition will remain open until 28 November. Entrance is free.
Until December 2023, the installation – A Polemic of Two Metrics – is on display on Level 2 of the National Library of Latvia. The installation forms a spatial, temporal and audio choreography, and centres on a large suspended sculpture derived from the 'puzuris', a traditional Latvian and Lithuanian mobile made from straw that consists of a double pyramid rotating around its axis.
On 1 May 2021 at 18.00 vocal chamber music cycles by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Daniel Lesur will be broadcasted from the Latvian National Library. Refined masterpieces of French music will be interpreted by Marie Elisabeth Seager (mezzo soprano, France) and Toms Ostrovskis (piano, Latvia). The programme will be broadcasted on EPTA Latvia YouTube channel, as well as on the Facebook page and homepage of the National Library of Latvia.