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Latvian Collections at the Library of Congress

Latvian materials are held throughout the Library of Congress. The European Reading Room is the reference point for these holdings. This guide provides an overview of materials, in different formats, in the general and special collections.

Overview of the Latvian Collections

Kalkstrasse and the promenade, Riga, Latvia. [between ca. 1890 and ca. 1900]. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

The Library of Congress collections from or about Latvia include more than 33,000 printed volumes on all subjects and in several languages, as well as significant special collections of folklife, law, map, film, music, sound-recording, and print and photographic materials, making the Library's holdings of such materials among the largest outside of Latvia itself. The Library currently receives about 400 volumes from Latvia each year. The Library's Latvian reference collection is located in the European Reading Room. The Reading Room's specialists may be consulted on how to find pertinent research materials throughout the Library, as well as through Library and commercial databases.

Online Catalog

Because not all items in special collections are listed separately in the Library's online catalog, researchers should contact the appropriate reading room for advice from specialists, and for access to additional finding aids.

Related pages on the Library of Congress web site:

Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania: Country Studies. The Federal Research Division prepared this volume as part of its Country Studies Series.

World Digital Library

The World Digital Library (WDL) was established by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, first by a speech to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO in 2005, then followed by the official online launch in 2009. It makes available on the Internet significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world, in multilingual format. The number of WDL resources pertaining to Latvia exceeds 50, with many high-quality images coming from materials in the collections of the National Library of Latvia, the Latvenergo AS Power Industry Museum, and the Latvian War Museum, and with several more items from the Library of Congress and the National Library of Russia. The WDL's goals are to promote international and intercultural understanding, expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet, and provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences.