From the 2 July exhibition "1514. The Book. 2014" will be displayed in the Book Museum Hall of the National Library of Latvia (3 Mūkusalas St., 1st floor).
From 12 until 15 June the National Library of Latvia will hold special opening events or cascades of its new building's (The Castle of Light, 3 Mūkusalas St.) floors and reading rooms. During these events visitors will be able to get acquainted with the new building. Furthermore, excursions and different creative activities, highlighting the floors and their content, will happen.
The Europeana Sounds project was launched on 1 February 2014. This three-year project, co-funded by the European Commission, will give online access to a critical mass of audiovisual digital-objects by January 2017. Over 540,000 high quality sound recordings will be available via Europeana, from classical and folk music, to environmental sounds from the natural world as well as oral memories.
The National Library of Latvia invites to participate in the 43rd LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche - Association of European Research Libraries) Annual Conference in Riga from 2 July to 5 July 2014.
The first Riga Picture Book Quadrennial "Picture Story" that was organized by the National Library of Latvia took place on April 2nd this year along with an international conference "The World in a Picture Book". 45 artists from Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland participated in the quadrennial and competed for the opportunity to publish their original, so far unpublished book idea in the Baltic Sea Region countries. The highest institution of Picture book Quadrennial is an international committee that is composed of The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) national section and professional organization representatives.
The international conference "The World in a Picture Book" organized by the National Library of Latvia took place on April 2nd this year as part of the European Capital of Culture program. 160 children literature authors, artists, and visual culture experts from the Baltic Sea Region countries participate in the conference and the main discussion was about picture books as an important art and communication objects that attracts the attention of many specialists from diverse fields and encourages deeper studies.
Tomorrow, 26 March at 3:25 PM, during the official visit in Latvia, Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia will be visiting the Hall of Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Central Board (4 Mazā Pils Street). During the visit the royal couple will meet the Director of the National Library of Latvia (NLL) Mr. Andris Vilks. Furthermore, they will also attend the exhibition of several old exemplars from the collection of library's Section of Rare Books and Manuscripts, related to Latvian and Swedish cultural heritage.
On Thursday, 27 March the National Library of Latvia (NLL) will begin a gradual process of moving the collection to the new building – the Castle of Light – in Mūkusalas Street 3. Due to this, from the next week the library's collections (cartographic materials, rare books and manuscripts, and periodicals) and reading rooms, located in Jēkaba Street 6/8, will not be available for readers. The NLL's sections in K. Barona Street 14, K. Barona Street 3, Tērbatas Street 75 and Anglikāņu Street 5 will continue to work as usual.
On behalf of the National Library of Latvia (NLL), I express my deepest gratitude to all the participants, including about 800 librarians, media from Latvia and foreign countries, companies and officials, who were responsive and took part in the campaign "The Chain of Book Lovers – The Path of Light" on 18 January. Peoples’ happiness and interest about the new library gave us momentum and commitment to do everything possible so that in the middle of 2014 the National Library of Latvia is open and ready to welcome anyone who is interested to know and learn.