The Scientific Library of Riga Technical University
5 Paula Valdena Street, Riga
The Scientific Library of Riga Technical University (RTU SL) is the oldest higher education library in Latvia. The history of the Library is closely connected with the history of RTU. The formation of the Library dates back to 1862 with the establishment of the Library of Riga Polytechnic – the first higher education institution in Latvia – based on a donation of 1,048 books by the Riga Manufacturing and Stock Exchange Committee, which laid the foundations for the Library collection.
Today with over 1.9 million printed and electronic items, 397,700 loans, full-text downloads and more than 852,000 library visits per year, the RTU SL is a mecca for RTU students. Library services support students, scientists and university staff in their studies, research, teaching, further education and advanced training. The Library’s holdings are available in the Central Library as well as in eight branch libraries. The Library provides RFID book protection, automated library processes and self-service systems integrated with access control and video surveillance systems with a common command and monitoring centre.
RTU SL is the only library in Latvia with an extensive collection of literature on engineering and architecture. The fields covered by RTU SL stock include mathematics, physics, chemistry and chemical technologies, computer science, power engineering, electronics, telecommunications, mechanical engineering and machine building, production technologies, transport, materials science, different fields of construction, commerce and architecture, etc. The 1.9 million units in the SL holdings and e-resources are an important source of information, which can be drawn on to assist in developing various areas of the Latvian national economy.
In 2011 and 2012 the RTU SL successfully implemented a project on the ‘supply of book protection, automated library processes and self-service systems for the needs of RTU SL’ within the framework of the European Regional Development Fund co-financed with a project on the ‘foundation of Riga Technical University united territorial complex’. The project included RFID book protection, automated library processes and self-service systems integrated with access control and video surveillance systems implemented with a common command and monitoring centre in the RTU Central Library and three branch libraries. RTU SL is accredited as a library of national importance.