National Library of Latvia
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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Kirsty F
4 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
I’m sure it’s lovely but we didn’t get to see it. Got to the library for when it opened wanting to go to the observation deck, we were told by a tour guide we just had to go in get a visitor pass and then go up. Got in pressed a button for a ticket thinking that would be what we needed then got in a queue to speak to someone so we knew what we were doing as we didn’t want to go wrong. One person in front and when we then went to the desk speaking English the lady started shouting telling us we had to wait our turn, my friend tried to explain that we didn’t know what we were doing and that we didn’t want the tour but the lady just kept shouting and telling us to wait our turn. I then said we just need to know where the observation desk is, she shouted again to wait for our ticket number.
We then went to the other desk further down and the guy on it was very friendly and told us unfortunately the deck was closed that day.
Why couldn’t the first women have just said that
Really bad customer service
Written October 26, 2022
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mcdl_82
159 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
A real beauty. Not just a library but also an exhibition spot. If you are looking for a place where to relax, this is the one.
Written September 7, 2022
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,570 contributions
Jul 2022
As a visitor you need a badge from the front desk and leave your personal items in a coat room. The viewing deck is only open on Saturday (very disappointed after the long walk here) and the special exhibits are too eclectic for my taste. You can't go into the book area with a resident registration so you sort of wander the halls and seating areas, which are lovely. Am I correct that residents cannot check out the books? That would be strange indeed.
Written August 7, 2022
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TwinsFanInOz
London, UK192 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
Very large interior with actual library areas only being a portion. Most of the sections (e.g. periodicals) are restricted to entry by registered persons only. Not welcoming to casual visitors. Must wear a visitors pass around the neck. Not a real library for the public.
Written June 18, 2022
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Weronika S
2 contributions
May 2022
Great experience from both architecture and literature side. Big amount of interesting art albums. On the 0 floor there are are interesting exhibitions.
Written May 24, 2022
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zparreira
23 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
Beautiful, useful, modern.
Representing the new Latvia, inaugurated in 2014. Books were transported from where they were to the new library by a human chain. A castle of light and knowledge.
Written October 9, 2021
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Niklas Green
Porvoo, Finland37 contributions
Sep 2021
The beautiful library building holds not only a library but also, even more interestingly, a museum with the evolution of books and reading. Definitely worth a visit when you are in Riga. There is no entrance fee but you however have to leave your jacket and bags in the entrance hall for a fee of 1 euro.
Written September 27, 2021
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Elena Ciocan
Timisoara, Romania1,725 contributions
Oct 2019
I did not get inside, not enough time in the city, but it is a beautiful view! Impressive how people recreate their identity.
Written September 30, 2020
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bill d
Bedford, UK344 contributions
Sep 2019
We went on a cold, rainy day in early September and it was a good walk to get to it. It is a most amazing building architecturally and extremely spacious, considering how few people there were when we went on a Sunday.

There was an art exhibition on one of the many floors and we went up to the top to view the surrounding area on a dull day. As previously reviewed, it was difficult to take pictures due to many dots on the windows ??

it is definitely a landmark building with so much wood in the interior and the floors seemed a little slippery. You have to leave belongings in a depository. and there was strong security through a gate.

We wanted to see the Railway building next door but it was closed that day. Unfortunately, we did not find it worth a long trek there.
Written August 25, 2020
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Rien W
Voorschoten, The Netherlands396 contributions
Jun 2019
If you are strolling alongside the river in the old city, you cannot miss this elegant structure. Take the tram to the other side and enter the building. It ha a very nice restaurant with terrace and view.
Written April 21, 2020
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