General information on the libraries of Latvia

The total number of libraries: 1541
39 502 852 units

The total number of registered users: 814540

Number of visits: 18 377 439 (including virtual)

Delivery: 18 174 236

The library services encompass all activity fields and all age groups of the population. From the 1 907 675 of Latvia population more than 39 % have registered as active library users. There is one library per 1351 inhabitants. Each user has attended a library on average 23 times per year.

The following libraries operate in Latvia:

  • 1 National Library of Latvia
  • 779 public libraries: including 771 municipal libraries; Latvian Library for the Blind with 7 branch libraries
  • 48 libraries of higher educational establishments
  • 687 libraries of general education and vocational education establishments
  • 26 specialised libraries

National Legislation


Regulations of Minister Cabinet



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