Frequently asked questions

Try to find answers to your questions before you use the “Ask a Librarian” service.

In order to become a registered reader of our library, please visit the main information and registration desk (on the 2nd floor) and follow these steps:

1. Present a valid ID and, if you are a school or college student, also present a valid student ID card;
2. Fill out a reader registration form;
3. Read the Library Use Policy.

You can also obtain a library card and modify or update your registration details via the e-service portal www.ibiblioteka.lt.


 

A library card enables you to use in-library computers, order publications from the depository, use remote services (access subscription databases and services offered at www.ibiblioteka.lt), and to book meeting rooms for up to 2 hours free of charge.


 

Yes, there is Wi-Fi available at the library and you can use your laptop in the library. Only registered users may access the internet from the National Library’s computers. If you want to register to use public access computers, please approach the main information and registration desk (on the 2nd floor) or ask reading room staff and they will create an account for you.


 
You can find the publications available in the library by exploring the National Library’s Online Catalogue. Older foreign-language books (acquired by the library prior to 1994) that have not yet been included in the National Library’s Online Catalogue, can be found by using the National Library’s Image Catalogue.

 

Once you find a desired item on the National Library’s Online Catalogue, click “Order a Publication”.  In the “Library card number” field, enter your card number and enter your password (the password is your surname, using letters of the Lithuanian alphabet, if you have not changed it).  Click “Login”.  Select a desired date in the “Order date” field.  The “Copy details” section shows the library collections containing your desired item. Select the collection from which you would like to receive the publication, and click “Order”.  If your order has been accepted, you will see a list of “Ordered documents” where you can check whether your desired document has been ordered successfully.  To check your order details, click “My Area” › “My Orders” on the top menu bar of the Online Catalogue.

Currently, online orders can only be made for publications held in the General Collections, the Music and Visual Arts Reading Room, and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room. You do not need to place orders for documents held in other reading rooms. They are available in the open collections of the reading rooms.

Older foreign-language books (acquired by the library prior to 1994) that have not yet been included in the Online Catalogue, can be found by using the National Library’s Image Catalogue. These may not be ordered online. To order them, you have to physically visit the library and fill out an order form.


 
You can find bibliographic information on the articles published in Lithuanian periodicals by searching the Bibliographic database of articles from Lithuanian periodicals (1994–2002 archive) and in the National Bibliographic Data Bank (articles available from 2003). Information on the articles from earlier years (prior to 1994) can be found in the printed state bibliographic directories “Bibliografijos žinios” and “Spaudos metraštis”.

 

The National Bibliographic Data Bank (NBDB) was launched in 1998 for the purpose of keeping a bibliographic record of published documents from Lithuania and related to Lithuania.


 
The purpose of this service is to provide concise information. We will email answers to questions about the library, its collections, how services work, the National Library’s databases, catalogues and how to search for documents. More information

 

We make an effort to answer your questions within 48 hours, except for on weekends and holidays.


 

If you wish to receive a copy of an article by post, please refer to the Interlibrary Loan (IL) section. This is a paid service. You can also order certain documents through www.ibiblioteka.lt.


 
The National Library invites visitors to make use of its meeting rooms. We will gladly host students working on projects, business meetings, various club meetings and anyone looking for a convenient and well-equipped space for productive meetings. More information.

 

The library does not provide genealogical information. Please refer to the Office of the Chief Archivist of Lithuania with such enquiries. The office can be found at the following address: 
Mindaugo g. 8, LT-03107 Vilnius 
Tel. (8 5) 219 5320 

for enquiries about the issuance of certificates: (8 5) 213 7902, (8 5) 219 9981, (8 5) 219 5320;

for enquiries about genealogical searches: (8 5) 213 7484, (8 5) 219 9979, (8 5) 219 5834;

for enquiries about the working hours of the reading rooms: (8 5) 219 5562, (8 5)  219 95 27.

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Exhibitions

22 March 2019 – 28 April 2019
Spring Exhibition 2019