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Operation of the National Library during the quarantine period

During the quarantine period, the National Library, in compliance with restrictions set out by law, provides all services. 

  • Physical services of visitors: lending documents and collecting borrowed ones;
  • services of the Media, Lithuanian Studies, Social Sciences, Humanities, Music and Visual Arts, Children’s and Youth Literature, Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Rooms and Judaica Research Centre;
  • services of Meeting Rooms;
  • services of Cinema;
  • services of the Music Lab;
  • services of the Hub;
  • services of the PATS SAU Makerspace;
  • services of the Media Makerspace;
  • Children's Activity Centre Žaisloteka (Toytheque)
  • services of the Recording Studio;
  • services of the TV Studio;
  • Internet access;
  • self-service photocopying, printing, scanning;
  • events and exhibitions;
  • filming and photography services;
  • guided tours.

Opening hours

The National Library is open at its usual times (8.00–21.00 Monday–Friday and 10.00–18.00 Saturday and Sunday). The National Library is closed on public holidays. The opening hours are one hour shorter on a day before a public holiday.

What you need to know:

  • We recommend ordering books online; if necessary, they can be reserved by phone (8 5) 249 7028 (from the Leisure Reading and General Collections) and (8 5) 239 8563 (from the Collection of Children’s and Youth Literature Department). We recommend ordering books first, receiving notification about the resolving of your order and only then visiting the Library.
  • The most convenient and safest way to return books is by using a non-contact self-service device on the 2nd floor or the box for returning books on the floor next to the Library’s main entrance.
  • In the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room and the Judaica Research Centre, only 2 persons are serviced during each servicing session. Prior registration is required. Registration at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room (e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and the Judaica Research Centre (e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..). Your registration is confirmed if you receive a notification by e-mail from a staff member. If you are unable to come at the agreed time, please inform us about it. In case of an extensive flow of visitors, the visit’s duration may be limited in order to provide access to information resources to other visitors. 
  • The National Library provides the service of the scanning of documents that are not borrowed for home use. During the quarantine period, you can order and receive for free a constituent part of a document (no more than 20 images) by the e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; the term of the resolving of the service is up to 5 days. When placing the order, it is necessary to indicate the publication’s author, title, publishing year and data of the serial and needed pages as well as your e-mail address. You can find the order form here. Copies will be made in accordance with the Law on Copyright and Related Rights of the Republic of Lithuania and the Rules of the Use of the National Library.
  • During the quarantine period, visitors are invited to actively use the service Klausk bibliotekininko, that of individual consultations (e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and individual consultations by using the application "Microsoft Teams" (order the consultation by the e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we shall contact you in order to coordinate the consultation’s time). The National Library’s consultants for information search provide assistance in selecting the most appropriate material for studies or research, give advice about how to more effectively use documents preserved at the Library, provide assistance in using electronic resources, etc.

Requirements for visitors:

  • Visitors older than 6 years should wear face protective tools (a surgical face mask or respirator 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 (wearing a face shield is recommended). A visitor not wearing a protective mask for this reason should produce to the staff the disability certificate. Visitors not wearing protective tools covering the nose and mouth shall not be serviced except for the above-mentioned exceptions. 
  • The body temperature of visitors entering the Library is measured with a thermoviser. Visitors with signs of acute upper respiratory illness (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing) and/or those for whom self-isolation is required are denied entrance into the Library and access to its spaces.
  • Visitors are asked to keep social distancing of no fewer than 2 meters from one another, as well as staff members when queuing at lending and borrowing service points.
  • Only groups of no more than 10 persons or groups consisting of members of two families or households are allowed to be present in the Library’s reading rooms and other spaces except when services or activities are provided for larger groups of persons.
  • Only visitors who have registered in advance are allowed to participate in events and guided tours. The 2 m distance must be kept between the seating places or there must be 2 unoccupied seating places between the occupied ones. During the entire event or guided tours, a protective face mask or respirator must be worn, which sticks to the face and entirely covers the nose and mouth. For visitors to whom wearing face protective tools is counter-indicative we recommend wearing a face shield.
  • Visitors are asked to practice coughing and sneezing etiquette (cover nose and mouth with a disposable napkin or cough or sneeze into the elbow) as well as appropriate hand hygiene (regularly wash hands with water and soap or use a disinfectant).
  • 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.
  • Personal item storage lockers are closed. Please keep clothes and other items with you.
  • The Library will not charge for overdue items during the quarantine period.

We also invite you to use the remote services provided by the National Library. The Library will also introduce a majority of its events online. Follow our news on social networks and on our Website

Let us be healthy and safe.

Starting with 7 November 2020, the National Library will operate in compliance with the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania “On the Introduction of a Nation-Wide Quarantine” by ensuring the satisfaction of the State-level requirements set for major emergencies as well as requirements for public health and hygiene. We would like to thank the Library’s visitors for understanding and responsibility.