The National Library of Greece – a classic collection in a shiny new home

Written by Laura Cagnazzo Twitter: @LauraFCagnazzo For how to contribute to Library Planet look here:  https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ The new shiny home of the National Library of Greece was only completed last year. The Library has moved from the Vallianeio historic neoclassical building in downtown Athens to its new premises at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre…

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…

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!…

National Library of Portugal – A guarded fortress of great treasures

Written by Library Planet editor Christian Lauersen, director of Libraries and Citizen Services in Roskilde Municipality, Denmark. For how to contribute to Library Planet look here: https://libraryplanet.net/contribute/ You don’t automatically think ‘library’ when you walk the tree and flower surrounded path upto the massive building that houses the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, the National Library of…