In accordance with Ministry of Culture (MoC) guidelines for epidemiologically safe operations, the National Library of Latvia (NLL) will resume on-site reader services at 12.00 on Wednesday 16 June, after a break of more than six months. At any one time, 135 readers will be able to be on the NLL premises, with free access to all library levels, reading rooms and exhibition halls. On-site services will currently only be provided to individual visitors or members of the same household for study and research purposes. At the same time, readers will continue to have access to all the remote services (such as digital resources, consultation and training on the Zoom platform, a wide-ranging array of online events) that the Library has provided throughout the pandemic.
The National Library of Latvia (NLL) is open to public, but continues providing remote access to its digital resources and e-services. The NLL Digital Library has 12 collections. In addition, more than 20 full-text foreign subscribed databases, the National Encyclopaedia, as well as lecture, discussion, conference, reading and other audio and video content on NLL social networks are available for study and research purposes.
The ceremonial opening of the large-scale Beethoven. Orbits exhibition will be broadcast live from the Latvian National Library (NLL) at 16.00 on 16 June and can be viewed on the NLL's website, as well as on its Facebook and YouTube sites. The exhibition was originally intended to host visitors at the end of 2020, when the 250th anniversary of the great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) was celebrated widely around the world. However, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the opening event has had to be postponed a number of times. As the epidemiological situation improves, the Library will re-open to readers from 12.00 on 16 June, after a break of more than six months, in particular inviting visitors to the new exhibition. The exhibition will remain open until 28 November. Entrance is free.
Until December 2023, the installation – A Polemic of Two Metrics – is on display on Level 2 of the National Library of Latvia. The installation forms a spatial, temporal and audio choreography, and centres on a large suspended sculpture derived from the 'puzuris', a traditional Latvian and Lithuanian mobile made from straw that consists of a double pyramid rotating around its axis.
On 1 May 2021 at 18.00 vocal chamber music cycles by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Daniel Lesur will be broadcasted from the Latvian National Library. Refined masterpieces of French music will be interpreted by Marie Elisabeth Seager (mezzo soprano, France) and Toms Ostrovskis (piano, Latvia). The programme will be broadcasted on EPTA Latvia YouTube channel, as well as on the Facebook page and homepage of the National Library of Latvia.
On 5 May 2021 at 18:00 via Zoom an online meditation session Mantra Meditation will be held by Swami Vishwa Sharada Ananda. The session will be in English. Free admission.
On 8 October 2021, the National Library of Latvia (NLL) and the Information and Documentation Terminology Subcommittee of the Terminology Committee at the Latvian Academy of Sciences plan to hold their annual terminology conference.
November 2020 saw the launch of intensive online training in the art of debate in the partner countries of the Erasmus+ youth debate project Debate Your Issue. Young people in Serbia will soon join their peers in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. Project partners received applications from more than 300 young Europeans, half of whom have been accorded the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed by debaters taking on diverse and socio-political issues. The training is scheduled to run until spring 2021, and will be followed by an international competition and a closing conference*.
Wednesday 13 January, from 10:00 to 14:30, will see the conference X stunda. Barikādēm 30 (X Hour. 30th Anniversary of the Barricades) marking this significant anniversary of the January 1991 Barricades. It will feature active participants in those Barricades, members of the People's Front, former representatives of the government and the Supreme Soviet, looking back at the events of January 1991 and reviewing, in the main, topics not widely discussed previously: preparations for the Barricades and the media's role as messenger. At the same time, the conference will consider those people who, led by their own initiative, unselfishly supported the Barricades.