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16/05/2019

Exhibition "Invisible Libraries"

Mazstraupe estate library, beginning of the 20th century. Meiendorf family archive (Denmark)
Mazstraupe estate library, beginning of the 20th century. Meiendorf family archive (Denmark)
Pope estate library, beginning of the 20th Century. Rundāle Palace Museum collection
Pope estate library, beginning of the 20th Century. Rundāle Palace Museum collection
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From 31 August 2019 until 1 March 2020, the National Library of Latvia (NLL) Level 1 atrium will feature the NLL's centenary exhibition Invisible Libraries. It will be dedicated to 14 of the NLL's historical collections, which comprise the foundation of the Library's collection.

02/05/2019

Exhibition "The Steffenhagens of Jelgava 1769–1919"

Exhibition "The Steffenhagens of Jelgava 1769–1919". Publicity picture
Exhibition "The Steffenhagens of Jelgava 1769–1919". Publicity picture
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Johann Friedrich Steffenhagen (1744–1812) became the court printer for the Duke of Kurzeme (Courland) in 1769. By introducing new business principles he soon also became the leading publisher in the region and especially a leading figure in publishing books in Latvian. His and his descendants' ability to choose which books to print and perceive readers' wishes, to keep up with the latest in contemporary printing and book design, as well as his energetic, entrepreneurial temperament made the Steffenhagen publishing and printing house one of the success stories of its time.

17/04/2019

The NLL invites applications to the Baltic Summer School of Digital Humanities

The NLL invites applications to the Baltic Summer School of Digital Humanities
The NLL invites applications to the Baltic Summer School of Digital Humanities
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The National Library of Latvia welcomes novice digital humanists to enrol in the Second Baltic Summer School of Digital Humanities that will be held in July 23–26, 2019, at the National Library of Latvia (Riga, Latvia). The registration will be open until June 30.

16/04/2019

International conference: Digital approaches in cultural heritage

Photo: Indriķis Stūrmanis
Photo: Indriķis Stūrmanis
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From 21 to 22 May 2019, an international conference – Digital approaches in cultural heritage: towards a pan-Baltic cooperation network – will be held at the National Library of Latvia (Rīga, Latvia, Mūkusalas iela 3). It will explore digital heritage-related topics that are of common interest in the Baltic Sea region – existing and potential networks of collaboration, joint projects for research, digitization, digital repatriation, and the development of digital tools that could foster consistent development of institutions in the region and beyond.

09/04/2019

Exhibition "Five Homes. Stories About Adapting"

NLL reading room at Jēkaba iela 6/8 (1969). Picture from NLL collection
NLL reading room at Jēkaba iela 6/8 (1969). Picture from NLL collection
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From its foundation in 1919 until 2014, when the move to the new building designed by Gunnar Birkerts took place, the National Library of Latvia never had its own home. The construction of this home had been planned since 1928, but for almost a century, the Library was forced to adapt to a range of architecturally diverse historical constructions – imposing bank buildings, apartment buildings, factories, cellars – a total of 38 addresses, none of them suitable for library operations. People moved from one place to another, but the collection was sorted and moved even more frequently.

09/04/2019

Exhibition "Inventory"

Photo by Kristians Luhaers
Photo by Kristians Luhaers
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The exhibition addresses the working conditions and objects in the environments of the Library's historical homes. It reveals the world of objects as a part of human social life, prompting us to think about the institutional and the personal, the unnecessary and that still useful, the valuable and the sentimental.

05/04/2019

Photo exhibition "Swedish Dads – Latvian Dads"

Photo: Johan Bävman
Photo: Johan Bävman
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A photography exhibition about the men of today – "Swedish Dads – Latvian Dads" (Tētis Zviedrijā – Tētis Latvijā) – by Swedish photographer Johan Bävman will be opened at the Level 7 gallery of the National Library of Latvia at 17.00 on 9 April. Its content is adapted from the exhibition Swedish Dads, which portrays men who have taken paternity leave. The exhibition will be open 6-30 April and entrance is free.

12/02/2019

Social anthropologist Tobias Köllner on the interplay between the Orthodox religion and politics in contemporary Russia

Tobias Köllner. Publicity photo
Tobias Köllner. Publicity photo
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On Tuesday, February 26, at 18.00 social anthropologist Tobias Köllner will give a public talk "On 'Entangled Authorities': The Interplay between Orthodox Religion and Politics in Contemporary Russia". The event will take place at the Baltic Research Centre for East Asian Studies (ASIARES) Reading Room (Level M), National Library of Latvia. Event language: English. Admission free.

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