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National Library of Latvia

The National Library of Latvia (NLL) (Latvian: Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka (LNB)) is the legal deposit library for Latvia. It holds 4.1 million books and other publications in more than 50 languages, covering all branches of knowledge and including special collections of rare books, manuscripts, periodicals, and more. The Director of the NLL is Andris Vilks.

On May 15, 2008 after discussions lasting for many years the state agency Three New Brothers and The Union of National Construction Companies signed the contract on the construction of the new National Library of Latvia. One of the notable architects is Gunārs Birkerts. It will open its doors to the visitors in 2014. The first discussions about the need of a new National Library started already in 1928, and the significance of the project of this century was further confirmed by the high-level international recognition. In 1999 almost all 170 UNESCO member states during its General Conference adopted a resolution,[5] calling the member states and the international community to ensure all possible support for the implementation of NLL project. /

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