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FUNCTIONS

The National Library of Estonia is:

  • a national library collecting, storing and making publicly accessible items published in Estonia, in Estonian, or about Estonia, regardless of their place of publication, and maintaining the State database for a national bibliography of Estonian documents; the national centre for statistics on book publishing and Estonian libraries; the national ISBN, ISMN and ISSN agency;
  • a parliamentary library providing information services to the Parliament (Riigikogu), the Government, to government institutions and the Office of the President;
  • a research library for the Humanities and Social Sciences providing information for research activities and offering a wide range of information services;
  • a LIS information centre that provides LIS information to those interested and further training in the LIS field in Estonia; the publisher of material on library and book science as well as the journal Raamatukogu (Library), the only Estonian scholarly periodical for librarians; an active member of the international library community;
  • a cultural centre where various book and art exhibitions are held, along with concerts, conferences, theatre performances, film presentations and other cultural activities.