The "Special Book for a Special Bookshelf" campaign is an opportunity for everyone to donate a book – of special importance to themselves – to the National Library of Latvia (NLL), also writing a message or personal story relating to the book on its title page. It, together with more than 15 000 books donated by residents or Library guests, will reside in the People’s Bookshelf at Gaismas pils (Castle of Light, from an epic Latvian poem and choral song), supplementing those relayed here in 2014, when Riga's year as a European Capital of Culture was launched with the wonderful and unifying people’s action, the "Path of Light – Chain of Book Lovers".
"RDA in the Baltics and Eastern Europe" is an open EURIG (European RDA Interest Group) seminar hosted by the National Library of Latvia covering the latest developments in RDA (Resource Description and Access). RDA is a standard for descriptive cataloguing providing rules and guidelines on formulating metadata. RDA is intended for use by libraries and related cultural organizations such as museums and archives.
On Tuesday, 10 May, the Humanities' and Social Sciences' Reading Room (Level 2) of the National Library of Latvia (NLL) the unveiling of the large-scale artwork Latvian Flag (Latvijas karogs) in the presence of Latvia's President Raimonds Vējonis, Georgia's Ambassador to Latvia Teimuraz Janjalia and Nancy Bikoff Pettit, the United States' Ambassador to Latvia happened. The work of art is a gift to Latvia, on the occasion of the 97th anniversary of independence, from its creator, Georgian-American artist David Datuna and will remain on permanent display.
On November 24-25, 2016, the National Library of Latvia organises international scientific conference "The Book and Society in Latvia until 1945". The Conference is dedicated to Aleksejs Apīnis (1926-2004), book publishing and literary historian, library employee.
From 20th till 22th April 2016 the joint Conferences – 20th Conference of Map & Geoinformation Curators Group (MAGIC) (former Group de Cartothécaire de LIBER) and 11th International Cartographic Association (ICA) Conference of Digital Approaches to Cartographic Heritage – will be held in the National Library of Latvia, Riga, Latvia.
From March 2016 we warmly welcome you to the exhibition (Dis)continuous Line: Borders of Latvia in Maps at the National Library of Latvia. It is located in exhibition halls No. 2 and No. 3 on the 1st floor. Entrance – free of charge.
European Union program "Erasmus+" supported project "Andragogy: virtual learning environment for librarians" has started with a first transnational meeting on 18th-19th of February, 2016 at the National Library of Latvia in Riga. It was the first time when representatives from 6 partnering institutions from libraries, training centers and librarian's association from Latvia, Lithuania and Bulgaria have met to discuss main topics of the project implementation.
The BBC World Service is holding a series of debates across Europe as the continent grapples with the big issues of migration, the economy and security.
National Library of Latvia (NLL) is closed for public on the 2nd Monday of each month (Maintenance day) and on Latvian public holidays. Summer opening times apply from 1 July until 31 August.