Basic information of the sector

The jurisdiction of the Ministry in the field of libraries is:

  • To draft legislation and develop draft policy planning documents regulating the sector of libraries;
  • To ensure implementation of policy of the library sector in the libraries and state agencies subordinate to the Ministry;
  • To cooperate with the libraries of Latvia, their founders, public organizations of the libraries and Latvian Library Council;
  • To carry out registration of libraries, organize the accreditation of libraries and to issue accreditation documents;
  • To cooperate with the governing institutions of libraries and libraries of other countries as well as international library organizations.

General information on the libraries of Latvia

The total number of libraries: 1759 (including school libraries) 
Number of units: 75 032 926 (including school libraries)
The total number of registered users: 941 269 (including school libraries)
Number of visits: 21 284 937  (including school libraries)
Delivery: 27  186 049 (including school libraries)

The library services encompass all activity fields and all age groups of the population. From the 2 201 196 of Latvia population more than 43 % have registered as active library users. There is one library per 1251 inhabitants. Each user has attended a library on average 23 times per year. In the libraries there is 3654 computer for the staff and 7906 computers for the library users.

The following libraries operate in Latvia:
•    1 National Library of Latvia
•    1 National Academic Library
•    812 public libraries:  including  801 municipal libraries;  Latvian Library for the Blind with 8 branch libraries; 3 other public libraries
•    49 libraries of higher educational establishments
•    781 libraries of general education and vocational education establishments
•    35 specialised libraries

Library Division of the Department for Implementation of Cultural Policy
Postal address of the division: 
K.Valdemāra iela 11a, Riga, LV-1364
Phone: +371 67078110
Fax: +371 67078107
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