On Thursday 21 June, at 16.00, a new exhibition Oto Bongs. Krājējs (Otto Bong. Collector) will be opened in the Level 5 exhibition hall of the National Library of Latvia (NLL). After the Second World War, Baltic-German bibliophile Otto Bong (1918-2006), residing in West Germany, consistently and purposefully established one of the largest and most diverse collections of testimonies relating to Baltic history, known since 1951 as the Baltic Central Library. The exhibition is open until 30 December. Entrance is free.
On 15 June at 16.00, the Level 4 gallery of the National Library of Latvia (NLL) will host the opening of an exhibition of Dutch etchings: In the Shadow of Rembrandt. Dutch Etching in the 17th Century. The exhibition will present 24 graphic artworks by Dutch artists – followers of Rembrandt – using the etching technique, introducing the collection of classic graphic works from the Konrāds Ubāns Art Reading Room. Entrance is free.
Tuesday, 22 May, at 16.00 will see the opening of The State before Statehood. The Century of Liberation 1817-1918 exhibition in the atrium and exhibition hall No 1 of the National Library of Latvia (NLL), as a part of the Latvia's centenary celebrations. The exhibition tells about the hundred years before the establishment of the Latvian state, a century that completely transformed Latvian society and enabled a modern political nation to be born. The exhibition will be open until 19 August. Entrance is free.
From 8 May to 3 June, 2018 the International Festival "Riga Photomonth 2018" exhibition "Bodybuilding" will take place at the National Library of Latvia (Level 1: Exhibition Hall II). Free admission.
From 12 May to 4 June, residents of Latvia can find out about the activities and the scientific achievements of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) when the CERN – Science Accelerator exhibition will be open at the National Library of Latvia. Entrance is free.
This spring the motto of Latvian children's literature lovers is "The small is big in a book", the statement that is included in the title of the message by the well-known Latvian poetess Inese Zandere dedicated to the International Children's Books Day. This was also the title of the international conference, which took place on March 19, 2018 in the National Library of Latvia. Every spring IBBY Latvia and Children's literature centre of the National library of Latvia together organize a conference for specialists of children's literature and librarians, which evaluates books, published for children and young adults in Latvia in the previous year as well as discusses other interesting issues.
On 10 April during the London Book Fair 2018 the National Library of Latvia won the International Excellence Award in category Library of the Year Award 2018! The ceremony took place in London, United Kingdom.
On 10 April at 18.00, Baltic Research Centre for East Asian Studies (ASIARES) Reading Room (Level M, National Library of Latvia) the Latvian Association of Anthropologists, in collaboration with the National Library of Latvia, cordially invites you to the upcoming public talk and book launch in our Narrating the Human series. Speaker – assoc. prof. Dace Dzenovska, Oxford University. Title – School of Europeanness: Tolerance and Other Lessons in Political Liberalism in Latvia. Event language – Latvian (Q&A in Latvian and English). Free admission.