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About the National Library of Lithuania


The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania was founded in 1919. It is the main research library open to the public, also operating as a parliamentary library.

The National Library functions as:

  • a state universal repository of Lithuanian, Lituanica and foreign documents;
  • the national archival fund of published documents;
  • the national bibliography centre;
  • the centre for statistical accounting of documents published in Lithuania;
  • the centre of assigning and registration of international standard numbers;
  • the information centre for social sciences and humanities, politics, economy and culture;
  • the national coordinating centre for research and methodological activities in library science;
  • the centre of the Lithuanian Integrated Library Information System (LIBIS);
  • a deposit library of the European Union, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The National Library is open to all visitors from Lithuania and without any restrictions. The priority is meeting the users’ educational and cultural needs.

The National Library provides access to collections of books; periodicals; serial and information publications; manuscripts; microforms; video and audio documents; old and rare printings; compact discs; and documents of Lithuanian, foreign and international organizations. The Library offers exhibitions and other cultural events that are open for visitors. The library staff introduce the visitors to library services and provide qualified information and reference services. This information is also provided by post, phone, fax or e-mail.

The National Library statistics for 2014:

  • Collection: 6.58 million physical units; 1.21 million titles.
  • Registered users: 9.9 thousand.
  • Visitors: 105.98 thousand.
  • Document loan: 0.91 million.
  • Staff: 490; among them 363 professional librarians (as of 31 December 2014).

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