The National Library of Bulgaria – Wisdom, Charm and Grace

Written by Helen Chan For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ The St. St. Cyril and Methodius National Library of Bulgaria was founded in 1878.  It came to be the national library of Bulgaria in 1881.  Inaugurated in 1953 after Allied bombing during World War II, the national Library became the landmark of…

National Library of Finland – beauty, function and that library quiet

Written by Library Planet editor Marie Eiriksson, library consultant at Gladsaxe Public Libraries, Denmark. For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ In febuary is was lucky enough to visit the Finland National library, the oldest scholarly library in Finland. It is also one of the University of Helsinki’s biggest independent institutes. The library…

The National Library of Technology, Czech Republic – don’t miss the virtual tour

Written by Natálie Budilová For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ The National Library of Technology (NTK) is the largest and the oldest library of science and technology literature in the Czech Republic. The library has a collection of over 1.5 million volumes. Its primary function is to provide specialized information resources…

Tokyo Main Library of the National Diet Library – the national library of Japan

Written by Professor Stuart Kells For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ The Diet is Japan’s national parliament, and the National Diet Library is Japan’s national library. The Tokyo Main Library is the Diet Library’s principal site. Located in Chiyoda, a civic and parliamentary precinct whose buildings and streetscapes recall the centre…

National Library of Costa Rica – a special collection for everything

Written by Jan Erik Hansen, Denmark For how to contribute to Library Planet look here: https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ La Biblioteca Nacional “Miguel Obregón Lizano” is the national library of Costa Rica located in San Jose. It is tasked with curating the cultural heritage of Costa Rica and maintains three copies of every book ever published in the country…

Gaismas Pils – Latvia’s “Castle of Light” illuminates and enthrals

Written by Phil Segall For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ Rīga is home to the incredible National Library of Latvia. The “Castle of Light” (“Gaismas Pils” in Latvian) as it is known locally, opened in 2014. This iconic building houses some 4.5 million items, including the Baltic Central Library. It is immense!…