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National Library of Latvia

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National Library of Latvia

502 Reviews
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Elena Ciocan wrote a review Sep 2020
Timisoara, Romania1,674 contributions270 helpful votes
I did not get inside, not enough time in the city, but it is a beautiful view! Impressive how people recreate their identity.
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Date of experience: October 2019
bill d wrote a review Aug 2020
Bedford, United Kingdom300 contributions180 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Rien W wrote a review Apr 2020
Voorschoten, The Netherlands401 contributions45 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2019
Sarah E wrote a review Mar 2020
Lincoln, United Kingdom443 contributions85 helpful votes
An interesting building, but for non-Latvian readers there didn’t seem much to do once inside apart from a small but interesting exhibition on how the library came to be, or a visit to the vegan cafe. What seemed strange was that despite the fact there was clearly some sort of event on, this place seemed to have been built to a much bigger scale than it needed to be for the amount of people who were in it. If you can read Latvian I’m sure this is a fantastic place to visit.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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stwajh wrote a review Mar 2020
Sheffield, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
Walked from the old town across the river to the National Library - definately recommended. Fantastic architecture inside with panoramic views back across to the old city. and you are able to access various exhibitions as well as books (in English) displayed in the various study rooms reflecting vaious aspects of the country. Interesting exhibitions also. All free. Vegan cafe with reasonably priced sandwiches, soups, salads. Nice staff. Nice gift shop selling posters, cards etc. If you are in Riga, you really should go and visit.
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Date of experience: March 2020