The Library of the University of Latvia

The Library of the University of Latvia –  A Source of New Ideas and Innovation
Kalpaka Boulevard 4, Riga

As a source of innovation and knowledge for the University of Latvia, the Library allows more than 15,000 students in 13 faculties, and researchers in more than 20 research institutes, to find and make creative use of diverse information resources. The Library provides modern library services at ten branch libraries located in the buildings of the University Faculties in Riga.

The Library offers both traditional and electronic information resources to more than 35,500 library users, paying great attention to the development of the electronic resources collection. The Library holds nearly two million printed information resources in the Library, more than 150,000 subscribed electronic resources in different fields of science, and also provides access to open access databases and different trial access databases. There are over 2,760,000 annual visits and more than 657,600 loans each year.

Information about the scientific and intellectual achievements of the University of Latvia is accessible to everyone through bibliographic databases of the scientific publications and theses created by the Library of the University of Latvia. The Library supports the development of users’ information literacy in every possible way, providing online presentations, training sessions and consultations about library services and resources.

Library users appreciate the democratic library environment and the services for studies and research based on modern library technologies. The Library seeks to create a hospitable, friendly and attractive informational, physical and emotional environment for academic communities.

Everyone is very welcome to the research library – the Library at the Kalpaka Boulevard – located in the heart of Riga’s centre, in the historical building of the first Mayor of Riga, Ludwig Wilhelm Kerkovius. The newest of ten branch libraries,the research library is consolidated with the Research Centre for Humanities and Social Science in the University of Latvia.

The Library of the University of Latvia play a very important role in the movement promoting Open Access in Latvia. It is the institution in Latvia which speaks about and promotes this initiative, through the OpenAire and OpenAire+ projects. The Library is also actively involved with the operation of institutional repositories – the e-resources repository of the University of Latvia.