Following the approval of the new pandemic management measures by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, from 13 September, the National Martynas Mažvydas Library of Lithuania will provide contact services, conduct business activities and organise events only for persons who meet at least one of the criteria of the National Certificate (COVID certificate). The National Certificate can be obtained if information about vaccination, previous exposure or negative COVID-19 test is available in the eHealth system.
The representatives of German business development and applied scientific research organisations, Dr. Marc von der Linden (CEO of MFB MusterFabrik Berlin) and Dr. Bertram Nickolay (representative of Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology) visited Lithuania from 6 to 8 September 2021. The technological solutions developed and implemented by these German organisations are used in the reconstruction of lost cultural heritage artefacts. Besides other types of cultural heritage objects, the specialists working for these companies reconstruct the lost content of the items of documentary heritage by connecting fragments into a single original virtual document image with the help of innovative visual information processing programs.
The event titled “Lithuanian Days 2021” dedicated to celebrating the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Switzerland and the 30th anniversary of their re-establishment provides an occasion for the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania to present the potential applications of the data on the topic of diplomacy contained in its collections as well as its archival and documentary materials in creating new content and form. The representation event taking place in Locarno, Switzerland, sees the participation of the delegation of the National Library led by Director General Prof. Renaldas Gudauskas.
Swiss photographer Arnold Odermatt’s (1925-2021) place in the history of art is inseparable from his biography. Having spent four decades working at the Nidwalden canton police, Odermatt is best known for his series of black-and-white photographs, Karambolage, capturing motor vehicle accidents. Photography was an integral part of Odermatt’s position at the police station: after learning to take pictures by himself, he used the camera to document traffic accidents, which until then had usually been documented by sketching.
Who was this Jewish sage born 301 years ago? What impact did he have on Lithuanian and world Jewry? What legacy did he leave behind?
The Martynas Mažvydas National Library informs about changes after the quarantine period, which ended on 1 July. Though the eight-month-long quarantine period has been ended, the emergency state set in the February of 2020 and part of the restrictions remains valid because of the risk of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The First Lady of Lithuania, Diana Nausėdienė, and the First Lady of Poland, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, visited the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania on the 27th of June. The guests were briefed on how Lithuanian libraries are adapted for people with different needs and were introduced to the National Library’s good practice in addressing the issues of accessibility especially in terms of infrastructure and information. The Polish First Lady, A. Kornhauser-Duda, was presented with the early reading promotion project “Book Start”, under the patronage of Mrs. D. Nausėdienė. The Director General of the National Library, Prof. Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas, showed the guests the new service space for the blind and partially sighted, talked about the non-traditional services of the National Library, the activities of the TV studio, and the achievements of the media and creative workshops “PATS SAU”.
Please be informed that from 1st of July to 29th of August the National Library will switch to summer opening hours.
From June 26 to July 25, the photo exhibition Cinemas in the Region arranged by the media education and research centre Meno Avilys will be housed in the Exhibition Hall of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania (Gedimino pr. 51).
This Tuesday, the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania held a ceremony to award the winners of the photography competition “Sakuras in Lithuania” organised by the Embassy of Japan. The event was attended by the First Lady of the Republic of Lithuania Diana Nausėdienė, Ambassador of Japan Shiro Yamasaki, Director General of the National Library Prof. Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas, and the Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys.
Prof. Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas, Director General of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, has become a member of the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO for the second successive term. The renewed National Commission for UNESCO will convene for the first meeting on 22 June 2021.
Dear visitors, please be reminded that the National Library is closed during public holidays so it will not be open to the public on the 6th of June (Father's Day).
The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania is delighted to invite you to the personal photography exhibition of Malvina Jelinskaitė “Ex nihilo. Accidentally and Paradoxically” (Ex nihilo. Atsitiktinai ir paradoksaliai). M. Jelinskaitė is one of the few abstract photography artists in Lithuania whose philosophical and spontaneous work encourages the visitor to explore personal imagination boundaries.
On 29 April, the Director-General of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania Prof. Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas participated at an online European Humanities Conference, the theme of which was “Can University subsist without the Humanities? Humanities as founders of the University Project”.
Dear visitors, please be reminded that the National Library is closed during public holidays so it will not be open to the public on the 1st and 2nd of May. The Library’s opening hours are one hour shorter on a day before a public holiday thus our Library will be open until 8:00 pm on the 30th of April.
In Commemoration of the Centenary of the Founding of the First Archive in the Republic of Lithuania, Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania kindly invites to an international scientific conference “Theatrum Libri: the Press, Reading and Dissemination in Early Modern Europe" (Martynas Mažvydas's Readings) which will take place on December 1-2, 2021 at the National Library.
“NordEd” is an education initiative that aims to strengthen Nordic-Baltic cooperation in education by fostering fruitful discussions between policy makers and the wider public on topical issues in education, and by presenting best practices in education in the Nordic-Baltic region.
The National Martynas Mažvydas Library of Lithuania invites you to Agnė Jokšė’s personal exhibition ‘Dear Friend,’ currently on display at the library’s Exhibition Hall. This exhibition is a site-specific installation of Agnė Jokšė’s video-letter of the same title. The video work itself is a staged narrative based on an intimate, autobiographical text interwoven with elements of fiction. Portraying the story of a broken friendship, the letter raises questions of identity, intimacy, and platonic connection, at the same time reflecting on the fragility of relationships and how it can be determined by physical distance and the passage of time. The work is also a testimony to coming of age, giving an insight into the process of learning to be together.
This year, on the occasion of Easter, as never before, I wish everybody endurance and hopefulness and not to lose hope in the better tomorrow.