Library Centenary Books
In 2019, the National Library of Latvia celebrates one hundred years of operation. Continuing what we did for Latvia’s centenary, this year the People’s Bookshelf continues to fill up with donations from visitors to the library – personally selected and favourite books, and in each of them – a special message. Here you can see the most significant anniversary gifts.

In 1992, while working as deputy to Minister for Culture Raimonds Pauls, Nellija Janaus visited faraway Australia.

There she met famous artist Reinis Zusters, who, as a gift to mark their pleasant encounter, gave her a copy of Spiral Vision, a catalogue of his life and works, with a portrait of Nellija Janaus on the flyleaf. On 7 February 2019, Nellija Jaunaus presented this book to the People’s Bookshelf for safekeeping.


Toms Herings, the Art Reading Room’s chief bibliographer

Day to day, Toms, one of the tallest people on the library staff (1.98m), oversees a very diverse range of special collections of Latvian and international graphic publications, ensuring their conservation, supplementation and promotion. Nevertheless, he can also be found in the reading room itself, ensuring the selection of the latest and most valuable art books and their place in the collection. If you can’t find a book or it’s on the top shelf, feel free to ask Toms!

Photo: Kristians Luhaers

On 24 January, launching their new TV series Literatūre (“Literatour”), travellers Marta Selecka and Gustavs Terzens, along with director Uģis Olte, present the People’s Bookshelf with the works of the writers featured in the programmes.

A gift from Albert Pèlach, Director of Enciclopèdia Catalana participating the opening of the digital National Encyclopedia of Latvia in Bebrene, 18 december 2018.

Albert Pèlach and his wife Betina Askanazy in the Manor house of Bebrene