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National Library of Latvia

Just a bridge span from Old Town on the left bank of the Daugava, looms an extraordinary, culturally significant edifice, the Castle of Light – the new National Library. 

The new library building houses a modern information center and ample space for cultural and social events, offering multi-themed reading rooms and access to rare books and audio/video recordings. Open to the general public for viewing is the Dainu skapis, a file cabinet containing the thousands of wise and witty Latvian folk verses, or dainas. The UNESCO recognizes this cabinet as having global significance. 

The library building has already become active in organizing various exhibits, concerts and conferences. Available here are a restaurant, café, Wi-Fi, and the most splendid panoramic view of Old Town.

The basic objective of the new structure is to accrue and preserve national and international literary works, securing access to them for the general public. Over 4 million items are now located here – mostly Latvian publications concerning Latvia and Latvians.

Opened in August 2014, this striking building is the masterwork of the world-renowned Latvian-American architect, Gunārs Birkerts.
Distance from the hotel: 1.8 km