Libraries

General information on the libraries of Latvia

The total number of libraries: 1597
72 520 693 units

The total number of registered users: 811584

Number of visits: 18 871 235 (including virtual)

Delivery: 19 793 054

The library services encompass all activity fields and all age groups of the population. From the 1 919 968 of Latvia population more than 42 % have registered as active library users. There is one library per 1202 inhabitants. Each user has attended a library on average 23 times per year.

The following libraries operate in Latvia:

  • 1 National Library of Latvia
  • 789 public libraries: including 781 municipal libraries; Latvian Library for the Blind with 7 branch libraries
  • 48 libraries of higher educational establishments
  • 732 libraries of general education and vocational education establishments
  • 27 specialised libraries

National Legislation

Laws

Regulations of Minister Cabinet

 

Contacts

Linda Langenfelde, expert on libraries, Archives, Library and Museums Division Linda.Langenfelde@km.gov.lv, t.67330223
Vanda Bērziņa, Senior Desk Officer, Archives, Library and Museums Division Vanda.Berzina@km.gov.lv, t. 67330222