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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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"left bank"
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"conference venue"
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"cool architecture"
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"west bank"
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"the upper floors"
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"railway museum"
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"entrance hall"
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"art exhibition"
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"old town"
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"central riga"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The residents of Latvia are rightly proud of their (relatively) new national library. The archecture is beaufitual and bold and there are very interesting exhibits inside. The children's section is especially good.

Thank Sam T
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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

Impressive building. It's worth it to pass by. When we went there, they had a small exhibition on the basement floor about the history of printing techniques. Would have been nice, if they explained more about the different techniques. But, if you go there to...More

Thank 96Ika
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Reviewed March 11, 2018

I love a good library, and this is one of my new favourites. It has a tonne of resources such as 3D printers and VR devices as well as over a million books and some fantastic little touches like the People's Bookshelf. Definitely worth a...More

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

The library is located on the otherside of the river from the old town, easy walk there but not much to see inside, but it is warm inside if you want to get out the cold in winter.

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Reviewed February 1, 2018

Ridiculous design: how do they wash windows on the sloped sides? How often, how much does it cost?! What is the style – De-constructivism? “De-architecture”? “Anti-practical”? Ugly and ridiculous creation.

1  Thank Victor T
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

Imprsevie modern library with great facilities. Free to visit. Alos, an awesome view to the old town.

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Reviewed January 6, 2018

I was at Devternity IT conference in December 2017 which was held at National library of Latvia. It was awesome experience. Building is interesting looking on the outside, it is a real landmark by the river. From the inside, it is clean, has large cloak...More

Thank Marko M
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Reviewed December 20, 2017

The library is much more than a place for books. There are great public spaces, exhibits, meeting rooms. Ask for a pass to go up to the upper levels to see the Dainu skapis and other exhibits, as well as to take in the view.

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Reviewed December 1, 2017

Visited not really for the inside but for the outside that has a very interesting architecture and is providing a nice contrast to the city

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Reviewed November 16, 2017

I had 9 hours to kill before boarding my plane, The library is an impressive piece of modernist architecture just over the long bridge from Old Riga (a very nice walk in good weather). I found a quiet place in the vast entrance hall, plugged...More

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