Reading Rooms

Adolfas Damušis Democratic Studies Centre

Gedimino 51, 5th floor, Room 534
Tel. +370 5 239 8697, E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Opening hours: September - June, July - August

Adolfas Damušis Democratic Studies Centre (ADDSC) is a specialized structural unit of the Documentary Heritage Research Department at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania involved in the research of the ideas of the democratic political thought of the 20-century Lithuania undergoing the process of modernization and its historical heritage.

The mission of the centre:

  • pursue the research of the democratic political thought and the statehood development of Lithuania during its interwar-period of independence;
  • discuss the ideological and cultural views of the Lithuanian society and expatriates of the occupation periods and the forms of civic and political expression;
  • collect, organize and disseminate documentary and non-material historical heritage;
  • popularize research findings, contribute to building civil society, to fostering public historical memory and the cultural identity;
  • stimulate historical and political research along with academic partners;
  • maintain contacts in the Lithuanian and international research scene.

The centre houses a gradually expanded fund of some 1000 publications including the collections donated by the following sponsors, among many others:

  • Rožė Šomkaitė;
  • Vincas and Aldona Šmulkščiai;
  • Rasa Razgaitienė;
  • Nijolė Bražėnaitė-Paronetto;
  • The Lithuanian Research and Studies Centre (Chicago, USA)

A. Damušis Democratic Studies Centre provides open access to library visitors who are involved in the research of or are interested in this topic. For more detailed consultation, please register by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Children and Youth Literature Reading Room

Gedimino 51, 1st floor
Loan period renewals and consultations, Tel.: (8 5) 239 8563
Opening hours: September - June, July - August

Spaces and services:

  • Borrowing books
    An open collection available for browsing, reading and, of course, borrowing so you will be able to take desired books home.
  • Self-service machine
    Self-service machines allow users to borrow or return documents without needing to queue.
  • Reading Room
    In this Reading Room, visitors will find a quiet place to read, study, communicate or spend their free time. Visitors can use work areas for group work or individual study or to gather at the discussion table.
  • The Silent Space
    A separate space offers the children literature research collection and is equipped with computer workstations designed for students, scientists and other specialists who are interested in children and adolescent literature. Here, the young library readers will find a quiet place to do their homework or engage in other tasks.
  • A Space for the Little Ones
    The youngest readers can enjoy a space designed to meet their needs and the way they see the world.
  • Event Space
    A space ideally suited for group work, educational activities, meetings with writers, illustrators, readings aloud or other events as well as theatre performances.

Other premises:

  • Child Care Room
    Located next to the Children and Youth Literature Reading Room, this space is designed to take care of the needs of the smallest visitors.

Humanities Reading Room

Gedimino 51, 3rd floor, Room 306
Tel. (internal) 8655
Opening hours: September - JuneJuly - August

The open collection of printed documents consists of over 8 thousand publications. In the Reading Room, you will find publications in the following fields of humanities:

  • cultural studies,
  • philosophy,
  • religion,
  • theology,
  • linguistics,
  • literary studies and criticism,
  • world history.

The open collection of the Reading Room is freely accessible to the visitors and publications cannot be ordered via the information system of the Library. Other publications may be ordered from the Library’s depository. Information about all the available publications is provided in and orders are placed via the Library’s Online Catalogue; the codes of the publications available in the Reading Room start with the letters HM.

Ordering and issuing publications ›

Internet services are free of charge, Wi-Fi is available. Printing services of the necessary information and electronic papers are provided. If you need any help, ask the librarian or specialist consultant.

Our information search consultants may:

  • help you choose most appropriate materials for your studies and/or research;
  • advise on effective ways to use printed and electronic collections of our Library;
  • assist in using our catalogues and answer your queries on bibliography.

If you cannot find a publication, we will help you find it in another library or offer our assistance in using electronic resources.

If you need assistance, consult a library staff member. You may also submit your enquiries using “Ask a Librarian” service.

Judaica Research Centre

Gedimino 51, 5th floor, Room 506
Opening hours: September - June, July - August

Judaica Research Centre is an open institution with a focus on cooperation in the field of education actively disseminating information about the Jewish documentary culture preserved in the collection of the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. The activities of the Centre include ensuring development of research of Jewish documentary heritage, organization and implementation of educational and information projects and dissemination of comprehensive information about their results.

The constantly growing open collection of printed documents includes publications on the following topics:

  • cultural studies;
  • religion, theology;
  • classic and modern Jewish literature (in different languages);
  • universal Jewish history;
  • Jewish history in Lithuania;
  • publications in Yiddish and Hebrew;
  • biographies of famous Lithuanian Jews;
  • Jewish cookbooks;
  • reference books, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, bibliographic publications.

Publications available in the Judaica Research Centre:

  • Mattityahu Strashun’s collection;
  • documents published in Yiddish and Hebrew in Lithuania (1759–1940);
  • documents published in Yiddish and Hebrew abroad (16th c.–1940);
  • periodicals published in Yiddish and Hebrew until 1940.

Everyone interested in Judaica is welcome in the Judaica Research Centre.

Please order the documents in the Centre. Ordering via the Library's information system is not available.

Leisure Books To Borrow

Gedimino 51, 1st floor (in front of the cafe), 3rd floor (atrium) 
Opening hours: September - JuneJuly - August

The open collection of printed documents comprises over 6000 publications available for borrowing. The collection encompasses publications in the following fields:

  • Lithuanian and foreign fiction,
  • popular medicine, 
  • psychology,
  • technology,
  • cultural studies, 
  • philosophy,
  • religion, theology,
  • literary studies and criticism,
  • politics and law,
  • culinary arts,
  • ethnography, history.

The open collection is freely accessible to all visitors. Information about all the available publications is provided on the Library’s Online Catalogue; the code of the publications starts with the letters LS.

Vilnius city and district residents aged 18 who have a valid Reader’s Card and are registered with the library and who updated their personal details in the current year, may borrow 3 books for a period of 14 days; the same period applies with regard to extension of loan term.

If you need assistance, consult a library staff member. You may also submit your enquiries using “Ask a Librarian” service.

Lithuanian Studies Reading Room

Gedimino 51, 3rd floor, Room 335
Opening hours: September - JuneJuly - August

The open collection of printed documents of the Reading Room consists of over 7 thousand publications dedicated to Lithuania and its people and covering the following topics:

  • the Lithuanian language,
  • history of the Lithuanian press,
  • Lithuanian national bibliography,
  • Lithuanian cultural anthropology,
  • Lithuanian history,
  • local history,
  • biographies of Lithuanian historical figures,
  • Lithuanian genealogy,
  • Lithuanian politics,
  • Lithuanian education,
  • emigration of Lithuanians,
  • Lithuanian statistics,
  • Lithuanian nature,
  • Lithuanian sports.

The open collection of the Reading Room is freely accessible to the visitors and publications cannot be ordered via the information system of the Library. Other publications may be ordered from the Library’s depository. Information about all the available publications is provided in and orders are placed via the Library’s Online Catalogue; the codes of the publications available in the Reading Room start with the letters LT.

Ordering and issuing publications ›

Internet services are free of charge, Wi-Fi is available. Printing services of the necessary information and electronic papers are provided. If you need any help, ask the librarian or specialist consultant.

Our information search consultants may:

  • help you choose most appropriate materials for your studies and/or research;
  • advise on effective ways to use printed and electronic collections of our Library;
  • assist in using our catalogues and answer your queries on bibliography.

If you cannot find a publication, we will help you find it in another library or offer our assistance in using electronic resources.

If you need assistance, consult a library staff member. You may also submit your enquiries using “Ask a Librarian” service.

Media Reading Room

Gedimino 51, 2nd floor, Room 236
Opening hours: September - June, July - August

The open collection of printed documents consists of newspapers of over 200 different names and magazines of over 400 different names. The Reading Room offers the following periodicals:

  • current year’s periodicals published in Lithuania,
  • current year’s periodicals and serials of other countries,
  • universal information publications: encyclopaedias, dictionaries, reference books.

The open collection of the Reading Room is freely accessible to the visitors and publications cannot be ordered via the information system of the Library. Other publications may be ordered from the Library’s depository. Information about all the available publications is provided in and orders are placed via the Library’s Online Catalogue.

Ordering and issuing publications ›

There are 8 computer workstations in the Reading Room. Internet services are free of charge, Wi-Fi is available. Printing services of the necessary information and electronic papers are provided. If you need any help, please ask the consultant at the information station.

You may also submit your enquiries using “Ask a Librarian” service.

Music and Visual Arts Reading Room

Gedimino 51, 5th floor, Room 508
Tel. (internal) 8657, E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Opening hours: September - JuneJuly - August

The Reading Room provides information resources in the field of humanities and is equipped with a variety of hardware and software:

  • encyclopaedias and books on music, art, design, architecture, scenic design, photography, theatre, cinema and dance;
  • sheet music;
  • notation software with MIDI keyboards;
  • interactive drawing boards;
  • audio and video editing software;
  • equipment for playback of different media: vinyls, audio cassettes, CDs, and videos;
  • a synthesizer.

The open collection of the Reading Room is freely accessible to the visitors and publications cannot be ordered via the information system of the Library. Information about all the available publications is provided in and orders are placed via the Library’s Online Catalogue; the codes of the publications available in the Reading Room start with the letters MVM.

The following may be ordered and issued at the reading room via the library’s information system:

  • audio and video documents (vinyl records, compact audio cassettes, audio and video CDs, videotapes);
  • documents from the audio-visual archive of the National Archival Collection of Published Documents;
  • sheet music documents;
  • small prints from music and visual arts (posters, placards, postcards, book-plates).

Information about all the available publications is provided in and orders are placed via the Library’s Online Catalogue or National Library’s Image Catalogue.

Internet services are free of charge, Wi-Fi is available. Printing services of the necessary information and electronic papers are provided. If you need any help, ask the librarian or specialist consultant.

Our information search consultants may:

  • help you choose most appropriate materials for your studies and/or research;
  • advise on effective ways to use printed and electronic collections of our Library;
  • provide copying services of audio documents;
  • arrange reservation for the music lab or the cinema room;
  • assist in using our catalogues and answer your queries on bibliography.

If you cannot find a publication, we will help you find it in another library or offer our assistance in using electronic resources.

If you need assistance, consult a library staff member. You may also submit your enquiries using “Ask a Librarian” service.

Discover the exciting things about the history of audio recordings, share your knowledge about the past and future of music, and communicate via the Facebook page Senoji plokštelė (The Old Vinyl) administered by the Music and Visual Arts Unit.

Palanga Summer Reading Room

Vytauto 72, Palanga
Tel. +370 460 51368 (during the season), +370 5 239 8675 (off-season, in Vilnius)
Opening hours: II - V 9.00 - 21.00, VII 10.00 - 20.00

  • The open collection (fiction, educational and informational literature),
  • periodicals in various languages,
  • a separate reading room for children,
  • exhibitions and events throughout the season.

Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room

Gedimino 51, 5th floor, Room 533
Tel. (internal) 8658, E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Opening hours: September - June, July - August

  • The open collection (reference books, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, bibliographic publications);
  • Photocopying services;
  • Documents of the National Archive Collection of Published Documents are available in the Reading Room.

The Reading Room provides access to:

  • the collection of Lithuanian and Lithuanian Studies printing: Lithuanian books published from the 16th century to 1904; books published in Lithuania in foreign languages and books published in the Western Europe over a period from the 16th century to 1830;
  • old and rare European printing of the 15th–19th century: books, periodicals, official letters, cartographic and other publications;
  • collections of manuscript documents (from the 16th century to this day) related to the Lithuanian history, culture, science and social life phenomena or events;
  • dissertations and habilitation theses defended in Lithuanian education institutions since 1994.

Social Sciences Reading Room

Gedimino 51, 3rd floor, Room 334
Tel. (internal) 8656
Opening hours: September - June, July - August

In the Reading Room, you will find:

  • publications in the fields of psychology,
  • sociology,
  • politics,
  • economics,
  • law,
  • bibliology and other social sciences.

The open collection of printed documents consists of over 8 thousand publications. The open collection of the Reading Room is freely accessible to the visitors and publications cannot be ordered via the information system of the Library. Other publications may be ordered from the Library’s depository. Information about all the available publications is provided in and orders are placed via the Library’s Online Catalogue; the codes of the publications available in the Reading Room start with the letters SM.

Ordering and issuing publications ›

Internet services are free of charge, Wi-Fi is available. Printing services of the necessary information and electronic papers are provided. If you need any help, ask the librarian or specialist consultant.

Our information search consultants may:

  • help you choose most appropriate materials for your studies and/or research;
  • advise on effective ways to use printed and electronic collections of our Library;
  • assist in using our catalogues and answer your queries on bibliography.

If you cannot find a publication, we will help you find it in another library or offer our assistance in using electronic resources.

If you need assistance, consult a library staff member. You may also submit your enquiries using “Ask a Librarian” service.

Statehood Space

Gedimino 51, 2nd floor, Room 237
Opening hours: September - June, July - August

The purpose of the Statehood Space is to foster the public’s need to get to know the history of their country’s statehood and the processes through which a modern state is developed as well as to contribute to the establishment of democratic values and civil society.

The Statehood Space is used for the purpose of hosting cultural and educational activity, encouraging the development of citizenship, taking an in-depth look at the country’s history and the transformations of the state, today’s political and societal phenomena as well as current events.

The open collection includes the private library of Professor Vytautas Landsbergis, Chairman of the Lithuanian Supreme Council-Reconstituent Seimas, which includes the following items:

  • books,
  • periodicals,
  • sheet music.

The library is gradually adding to the collection housed in the space, which also includes publications on a variety of topics not just in Lithuanian, but in English, German, French, Polish, Latvian, Estonian, Russian, Swedish, Finnish and other languages. The collection includes works from the following fields:

  • contemporary politics,
  • diplomacy,
  • musicology,
  • folklore,
  • religion,
  • history,
  • Lithuanian and foreign fiction,
  • art history and criticism, art albums.

The open collection housed in the library’s reading rooms is freely accessible to visitors, and its publications cannot be ordered via the information system of the library. Information about all of the publications available at the library can be found in the library’s online catalogue. Publication codes begin with the letters LV.

Visitors can order documents from depositories (codes begin with the letters LVF) Monday to Thursday until 4 p.m. and on Fridays until 3 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, the library only issues documents that have been ordered in advance. Visitors can order publications by filling in an order form at the Information and Registration Point on the 2nd floor.

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