22 September-22 November: an exhibition of artworks by employees of the National Library

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Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania invites visitors to the exhibition, displaying the works of the library workers.

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International Seminar of the National Libraries of the Baltic Countries LiLaEst 2020

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On 17–20 August, Lithuania hosted the seminar of the national libraries of the Baltic countries LiLaEst2020, which took place in the Molėtai Region. This seminar is a biennial gathering of library professional from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania was represented by a team of the Library’s staff under the supervision of the Director General Prof. Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas.

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A unique document of the National Library of Lithuania – at the center of the YIVO New York exciting new project

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The National Library of Lithuania congratulates its partner, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, upon the landmark event: the launching the first exhibition of its YIVO Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum:  Beba Epstein: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl.

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Opening hours on the 14th and 15th of August

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 15th of August. 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 14th of August.

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Important information for visitors to the National Library

The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania complies at all times with the security and disinfection requirements for public premises, as established by the Government, and therefore there are certain restrictions to our usual physical services. We would like to thank the library visitors in advance for their understanding and behaving responsibly when visiting..

What you need to know:

  • Visitors over the age of 6 may visit the National Library only if they are properly wearing protective masks (covering the nose and mouth).
  • Exempt from wearing a protective face mask are persons with disabilities to whom wearing a face covering is counter-indicative or whose health status may be compromised by wearing such a covering. A visitor not wearing a protective face mask for this reason should produce to the staff the disability certificate.
  • Visitors with signs of acute upper respiratory illness (e.g. runny nose, coughs, sneezing, difficulty breathing) are not allowed in the building.
  • Workplaces in the reading rooms and other areas have been arranged in accordance with the requirements of safe distancing and visitors are asked to keep a distance of at least 1 metre from each other.
  • In accordance with the hygiene recommendations, there is no access to lockers during this period, so visitors are asked to carry their belongings with them.
  • Meeting rooms and the Music Space can only accommodate groups of up to 5 people.
  • The most convenient and safest way to return books is the contactless way, using the self-service machines on the first and second floors, or in the book return box near the main entrance.
  • In accordance with safe distancing, the number of spectators at events is limited, so pre-registration is required. Visitors with acute signs of upper respiratory disease are not admitted to events. Participants at the events must to wear protective face masks.
  • Visitors are asked to adhere to coughing and sneezing etiquette (cover the nose and mouth with a disposable napkin or the inside of a bent elbow) and proper hand hygiene (frequently wash hands with soap and water or use disinfectant).
  • Visitors are asked to pay for any services without using cash.
  • Environmental cleaning and disinfection are performed several times a day in the library, in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania.
  • Users who have Covid-19 (coronavirus) infection or are self-isolated and who have informed about the infection or self-isolation by e-mail or phone will not be charged penalties for overdue items starting with the day of the notification.

We remind you that the library is working to summer timings until 30th August:

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 21:00;
Saturday, Sunday 10:00 - 18:00.

We also invite you to use the remote services provided by the National Library.

YIVO, the National Library’s Partner, Celebrates the 95th Anniversary

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The 7th of August of 1925 ninety-five years ago saw the start of the conference of Europe’s Jewish intellectuals, which announced the establishment of the Jewish Scientific Institute. Several months after that, the Institute started to operate in Vilnius under the abbreviated name YIVO and before long, it became a centre of attraction for the world’s Jewish diaspora. The Institute conducted innovative research in all humanitarian domains, collected a vast documentary archive and scholarly library and provided postgraduate degrees for young people from Europe and America. YIVO much contributed to the strengthening of Vilnius’s reputation as a hub of the Jewish intellectual potential. The Institute had its branches and departments in other countries (USA, Poland, Argentine, etc.). During World War II, the operation of YIVO was savagely disrupted and a great number of its team lost their lives. All functions of YIVO were taken over by its New York Branch, which has been operating as the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research up to the present day.

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The National Library‘s remote services

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The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania is providing remote services. They encompass plenty of possibilities for the reading and learning people by providing interactive learning programmes, remote learning, lessons in history and heritage, etc. The National Library‘s virtual platform supports not only learning and self education but also leisure activities and we strongly recommend to use it.

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28 July– 4 October: An Exhibition by Ina Budrytė “Dreams for Everyday”

The exhibition hall of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania transports the visitors into the Dreams for Everyday by one of the most original Vilnius-based artists Ina Budrytė (b. 1957). The exhibition under the title features a selection by the exhibition curator Raminta Jurėnaitė together with the artist of as many as 90 paintings on paper and an entire collection of small sketches in pencil from 1990 through 2020.

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APIECE / Visvaldas Morkevičius / Inner Dialogue

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For the summer period, single artwork gallery apiece is moving from Vilnius to Palanga Summer Reading Room (part of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania). From July to September it will be hosting three exhibitions of contemporary visual art which will be available to viewers 24/7.

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The National Library Received the Award of Gratitude for Public Spirit

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Virginijus Vitalijus Vilkelis, Head of the Department of Mobilisation and Civil Resistance under the Ministry of National Defence, awarded Prof. Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas, Director General of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania for the public spirit initiatives of the National Library and its support to the state in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.

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Opening hours during July and August

Please be informed that from 1st of July to 30th of August the National Library will switch to summer opening hours.

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1 July – 13 September: Exhibition “The Flowers of Blue Deeps”

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Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania invites you to the joint exhibition “The Flowers of Blue Deeps” featuring the paintings of Danguolė Raudonikienė (b. 1937) and composer Dalia Raudonikytė With (1970–2018).

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The History of the Golden Compass: Books by the Officina Plantiniana Throughout the Centuries

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11.06.2020–19.07.2020

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania presents the exhibition „The History of the Golden Compass: Books by the Officina Plantiniana Throughout the Centuries” commemorates the 500th anniversary of the birth of Christophe Plantin (1520-1589), the founder of the famous publishing house, the Officina Plantiniana.

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Frequently asked questions after resuming user service

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After the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania opened its doors for visitors, we were asked a great many of questions regarding service provision. We have drawn a list of most frequently asked questions, which may give answers to your concerns. If you do not find answers here, please go to the dialogue section on the Library’s website or write at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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National Library’s opening hours from the 1st of June

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Dear visitors! Please be informed that from the 1st of June National Library’s opening hours will be as usual.

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The Most Relevant Information About Resumed Activities of the Library

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The Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania guarantees compliance with all the requirements for safety and disinfection of the public premises set by the Government and, therefore, its traditional physical services are provided with restrictions that apply until 31st May. We expect awareness and responsibility from the part of the visitors.

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11 June – 19 July: exhibition “The History of the Golden Compass: Books by the Officina Plantiniana Throughout the Centuries”

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Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania presents the exhibition “The History of the Golden Compass: Books by the Officina Plantiniana Throughout the Centuries” commemorates the 500th anniversary of the birth of Christophe Plantin (1520-1589), the founder of the famous publishing house, the Officina Plantiniana.

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National Library offers more resumed services

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With the quarantine conditions being eased by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the National Library opens for its visitors the increasing number of spaces and opportunities to work and study.

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Works by the National Library‘s Experts Within the National Research Panorama

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There has been a decision by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania that information about research and experimental development be presented for the evaluation by the Research Council of Lithuania not only by Lithuania‘s universities and research institutes but also national level libraries. This year, the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, for the first time, presents information about research publications from the fields of humanities and social sciences by its staff members. They will be evaluated by experts from the Research Council of Lithuania. The first stage of this process will be presentation of works from the field of humanities within the system for the evaluation of the results of research activity “Vieversys”. During the second stage, which will last until June, this system will be supplemented with social research works.

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A Rise in the Use of the National Library‘s Remote Services During the Quarantine Period

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After quarantine was declared, the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania suspended physical servicing of users and entirely focused on providing remote services. Such a decision justified itself to a full extent: statistics shows that virtual visitors willingly embraced the possibilities to work, learn and spend meaningful leisure time. The demand for some services increased even manifold.

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