The National Library of Latvia, also known as Castle of Light is located on Mūkusalas iela 3, Riga - on the left side of river Daugava, opposite to Old Riga

The current building was designed in 1989 by noted Latvian-American architect Gunnar Birkerts (1925-2017), who emigrated to the United States and made his career there. It was constructed in the early 21st century and opened in 2014. Today the Library plays an important role in the development of Latvia's information society, providing Internet access to residents and supporting research and lifelong education.

I had a chance to visit the National Library of Latvia at the end of February 2020 and I must admit I was very impressed. There is no entrance fee (though the visitor card should be taken). We straight went to the Library's 7th floor- were the kids library is located. Our daughter was very excited. 

Children library

Children library

There is a playground with a spectacular view of Old Riga. Not to say zillions of great children book, even for toddlers.

view towards Old Riga

view towards Old Riga

Besides the standard services and routine operations, the Castle of Light and its infrastructure serves as a platform for activities of various cooperation partners and a place of unique creative synergies.

Interior at National Library of Latvia

Interior at National Library of Latvia