The National Library of Latvia is a universal scientific library founded in 29th of August 1919. NLL is under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture as national value. The first director Library was the founder of Latvian BCi-bibliography Janis Misins. Currently NLL consists of 7 library buildings all over the city. Today NLL holds 4.1 million books and other publications in more than 50 different languages.

One of the characteristic cornerstones of the NLL, as a national library, is a collection and formation of Latvian national literature, lifelong storage and access to that information. These days the NLL is also the largest analysis library in Latvia, establishing collections of data resources, and providing data to numerous national programs. Its mission is to facilitate ongoing process of the intellectual skills development of the Latvian population, and acting as the centre of library system in Latvia.

Within the NLL network functions the inter-library loan centre for Republic of Latvia. The ISBN/ISMN agencies and also the ISSN centre are established at the Library. The Library participates in the implementation of various library-related programs in Latvia, organizes the research projects, publishes bibliographic indexes and collects science articles and participates in the work of international library organisations.

After years of debate on the May 15, 2008 it was finally agreed on the construction of the new National Library of Latvia. on the left bank of Daugava river on the Mūkusalas street 3. The project should be completed by 2014 when Riga will hold the European capital of Culture title.

14 K. Barona Street
Town Centre, Riga, LV 1423

All NLL Locations:
14 K. Barona Street, Riga, LV-1423
3 K. Barona Street, Riga, LV-1050
6/8 Jēkaba Street, Riga, LV-1050
75 Tērbatas Street, Riga, LV-1001
5 Anglikāņu Street, Riga, LV-1050
Raksti, Silakrogs, Ropažu rural district

Opening Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Thursday 12:00–20:00
Wednesday, Friday 11:00–19:00
Saturday 10:00–17:00
Sunday: Closed

Phone number (office): +371 67365250
Phone number (enquiries): +371 67287620
Fax: +371 67280851
Website: and


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