Number of sistership established: 1

Country: Lithuania

Description: A new building of I. Simonaitytė library was built in 2006, the library is becoming one of the most significant cultural centres not only in Lithuania, but also in the entire Lithuania in all respects: beautiful palace, modern information technologies providing connection with the entire world, rich book funds, relevant exhibitions, conferences, welcoming of new books, concerts, performances and competitions. Klaipeda County Ieva Simonaityte Public Library serves as a center of information research and the provider of educational and leisure activities. The Library carries out functions of the Regional methodological center and provides methodological assistance for 11 centralized systems of Municipal Public Libraries. The priority is to satisfy users' and visitors' educational, cultural and information research needs. The Library offers exhibitions and other cultural events that are open for all visitors. After About 400 different events are held in the library per year, 200 out of which are exhibitions. All kinds of art are loved in the palace: literature, music, art, poetry, photo art, educational activities. The library provides the following electronic services: book ordering, interlibrary loan, reservation, extension of a term of keeping a book etc. The library provides access to local and international databases, licensed in Lithuanian public libraries. The library organize various training activities, excursions round the library, volunteers activities, new books presentations, lectures, modern art exhibitions, cultural performances, after school programs, programs for reader development, projects and etc. Every year library arranging 10 or more projects to children, adult and old people, inside and outside of the library activities for various age people. Moreover, library has Open space for youth. Mission of the space is to provide meaningful activities and safe leisure opportunities for self-realization 14-29 years old young people and to facilitate their integration into the living environment. A cozy place to read books, listen to music, watch movies, concerts, to watch information cognitive shows, have events and other activities. Attractive and ergonomic environment of the library optimally adapted to the visitors’ needs allows them to feel comfortable, cosy and exceptional. The spacious library houses not only five reading rooms, open book funds for adults and children, but also facilities for cosy rest, aesthetic premises for visual and verbal events, two cosy courtyards. The library has Event and Conference Halls and Gerlach’s Attic, where a permanent maritime heritage exposition is installed, a modern training room. There is a café and a bookshop operating in the former office.

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Type of library: Metropolitan

Population served: More than 100.000

Current library programs:
  • Activities for seniors
  • Celebration of ephemeris (Day of the library
  • Local culture (local heritage)
  • Reading promotion
Activities you want to do with your sister library:
  • Activities for children and young adults
  • Exchange of ideas and expertise
  • Exchange of information
  • Staff interchange

Languages spoken by staff: English, Russian, Polish, German

Languages spoken by patrons: English, Russian, Polish, German

Preferred countries for cooperation: No preferences

Searching partners for European program: Yes

Participating in any European Union program: No

Searching partners for European program: Yes

Participating in any European Union program: No