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National Library of Latvia

3 Mukusalas Str. | right across the Stone Bridge from Old town, Riga LV-1423, Latvia
+371 67 806 110
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The National Library of Latvia (NLL) is a cultural, scientific and educational centre of national significance. The NNL's mission is to build and maintain a repository of national and world literature, the core of the 4 million items in the massive NLL collection comprises latvian and foreign publications about Latvia and Latvians. The NLL building - Gaismas pils - named after the Castle of Light in a legendary Latvian tale - was opened to the public in 2014. It was designed by world-renowned Latvian-born architect Gunnar Birkerts (USA).
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3 Mukusalas Str. | right across the Stone Bridge from Old town, Riga LV-1423, Latvia
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"modern building"
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"daugava river"
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"amazing building"
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"human chain"
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"across the river"
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"children's section"
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"left bank"
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"cool architecture"
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"the upper floors"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"railway museum"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

...and a great exhibition on Latvian history and culture. Very clean and nice, with a average cafeteria in it.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very nice and quite original building. It is a huge structure quite visible from the center of Riga. You can reach it with an easy walk from the center but you have to cross a bridge (beware of the wind, do not cross it in...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Had the privilege of attending an official reception there in October last. What a building. I generally don't like modern architecture, but make an exception here. Huge praise to the city fathers.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Just go inside and enjoy the atmosphere! Completely interesting reading about the history of Latvian independence and the long process that brought to the opening of the library!

Thank Diego R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you're not looking for LAtvian liturature stop to view the building. It is magnificent - a modern glass puramid that dominates the skyline. There is a nice gift shop too and impeccably clean bathrooms

Thank Hugh B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there to just see what the inside of the building looked like, given it's architectural view from outside which very interesting indeed. What an amazing place, and better still we had visited in the year of the Centenary celebrations of independence too, so a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The architect who designed this building was obviously given a clean sheet as he has come up with a very quirky modern design.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent 2 days there for a conference and it was big enough that we weren’t all huddled up together!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Library is big and just opens a view years ago. A restaurant with a view over the Daugava, great collection of books and seminar rooms for rent.

Thank jo l
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The stunning building is very visible from the rest of the city and is impressive close up. I was ,however, de red entry

Thank 490theos
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