National Library of Latvia, Riga

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  • I cried when i saw the human chain with 12000 books and thats why i wanted to visit this wonderfull place!!! Great cultural place  more »
  • A rather beautiful and surely interesting building on the banks of the Daugava that you are sure to spot if you come to centre by bus or train. An architectural gem.  more »
  • It's definitely not fitting in with all the older buildings on the other side of the river, but it's a really nice modern building. Very expansive library on the west side of the river.  more »
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  • Worth a quick visit as a tourist. You cannot go around the shelves without creating a library card. But the lobby, learning about the building design and Architecture as well as how they moved the books from the site of the old library. Really cool building design and the bring a book for the library shelves is cool.
  • Inadequate authority. There's prisons. All the same transparent bags are issued ,,,
  • The National Library of Latvia is overall a pleasant place for work and studies. The collection is good and new books are added constantly. There are computers, and if you are carrying a laptop - every table is equipped with multiple power sources and free wi-fi is provided as well. There is a restaurant and a cafeteria on the first floor so you can have a lunch if you stay for a longer time. Some of the few drawbacks are the furniture - the chairs could be more comfortable, there is a rule that you have to leave your bags in a locker room for 1 EUR, so you have to have exactly 1 EUR on hand (there is a change machine in case you need to use it) and the rooms in the library are very cold regardless of the time of the year so make sure you are packing an extra sweater and a blanket scarf to keep yourself warm.
  • Most horrible library I've ever seen. Slow, bad Internet. Librarians can't speak English. Library stock is mostly Soviet books. The place is mostly empty at working hours....
  • Interesting and moder building. Must see! Be aware that parking there is expensive.

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