Epidemiological safety

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The National Library of Latvia (NLL) on-site services shall only be available to persons with a valid COVID-19 certificate, confirming that the holder has been fully vaccinated (vaccination certificate) or the person has previously contracted COVID-19 (illness certificate). Children under the age of 12 are temporarily not allowed to visit the NLL. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 may visit the NLL individually, presenting a valid COVID-19 certificate.

On entry to the Library, visitors must present their COVID-19 certificate and passport or ID card to security or library personnel.

NLL on-site services shall only be available for study and research purposes to individual visitors or members of one household.

When on the NLL premises, readers must at all times wear medical or non-medical (hygienic or cloth) face masks. This provision does not apply to children under the age of seven or to persons with evident mobility impairment or mental health problems, which result in them lacking the ability or skill to use a face mask.

The NLL shall not provide services to persons not complying with epidemiological safety requirements, including not wearing a face mask and not maintaining a distance of 2 metres from other visitors. Visitors with symptoms of respiratory infectious illnesses, as well as those for whom self-isolation, home quarantine or strict isolation has been stipulated, shall not be allowed to visit the Library in person. The NLL has the right to deny entry to persons with symptoms of a respiratory infectious illness or to request that they leave the premises.

Readers are encouraged to use their personal laptops when working at the NLL.

The NLL encourages the use of personal headphones for work with specialised audio programmes.

Readers are requested to pay for services by payment card.

The NLL can accommodate a maximum of 325 visitors at any one time, including 195 readers, 30 individual tourists and 100 visitors in the Level 1 atrium area, exhibition halls and museum.

Reader services are provided in all NLL reading rooms, observing an area of not less than 15m² per person or single household in each reading room.

The NLL shall ensure continuous control of the number of visitors in the building in order to prevent overcrowding and to ensure compliance with 2-metre distancing. Separating the entrance and exit ensures two discrete flows of visitors into and out of the building.

Visitors to the NLL are provided with all safety measures for hand hygiene: hands can be washed in the toilets on all levels; several stationary hand-disinfection stands are located in the atrium. Disinfectants are available in each reading room and at multifunctional devices.

The premises shall be cleaned and surfaces disinfected once a day. Handles, railings, public toilets, locker-room locker doors and handles, and individual workrooms in reading rooms shall be cleaned and disinfected once every three hours.

The climate and ventilation control system operating in the NLL premises ensures the continuous monitoring of air quality.