Hosting of Exhibitions | National Library of Estonia

Hosting of Exhibitions

Our galleries are open for hosting exhibitions related to any aspect of literary culture, including book design, typography, illustrations, printed matter, posters, etc. Original art, solo exhibitions, and exhibitions exploring national cultures are also highly welcome. We are open to collaboration with Estonian and foreign missions to introduce Estonian and world culture in general. 



If you wish to organise an exhibition in our galleries, please download and fill out the exhibition form. Then send your digitally signed application by e-mail to expo@nlib.ee.



Main Exhibition Hall

The Main Exhibition Hall is located to the right of the main entrance of the library. This is the library’s finest exhibition space in terms of interior design, with dolomite walls and two wrought-iron gates (“Linnuparv” by Taivo Linna, 1992–1993), and was intended to be used as an exhibition hall from the start. The hall is supported by a central rectangular pillar. The wall of the gallery is divided into six blind niches, which allow the exposition to be separated into parts. The gallery is illuminated with general and spot lighting. As the Main Exhibition Hall and the Foyer Gallery are close together, they can also be used as a single exhibition space. 

See the floor plan of the Main Exhibition Hall. 

Foyer Gallery

The Foyer Gallery is also located to the right of the main entrance of the library. It is an open area with high dolomite walls, which are perfect for displaying large works. In addition to the artificial general and spot lighting in the room, the gallery’s side window also provides some natural lighting. As the Main Exhibition Hall and the Foyer Gallery are close together, they can also be used as a single exhibition space. 

See the floor plan of the Foyer Gallery. 

Small Foyer Gallery

The Small Foyer Gallery is located to the left of the main entrance of the National Library, and is abutted by two conference halls and a café. It is the perfect space for hosting background exhibitions during conferences, as well as smaller thematic exhibitions. 

See the floor plan of the Small Foyer Gallery. 

3rd Floor Stairway Gallery

The Stairway Gallery was created for displaying the National Library’s collections and Estonian cultural heritage. The gallery is divided into two niches, which allow displaying various open or cased exhibits. 

Rare Books Exhibition Hall

The Rare Books Exhibition Hall is an enclosed room under electronic surveillance on the 3rd floor of the building, on the same level as the Eduard Wiiralt Gallery. The hall is designed for displaying rare books and items and is fitted with climate-controlled display cases. There are six permanent display cases on the walls and six glass display cases in the centre of the room. The hall is illuminated with adjustable general and spot lighting. 

See the floor plan of the Rare Books Exhibition Hall. 

6th Floor Gallery

The 6th Floor Gallery is located in the reading area, next to the exhibition hall on the same floor. The gallery opens onto the stained glass window (“Eestimaa maastikud” by Rait Prääts, 1993) on the front facade of the National Library. The room features limestone walls and two pillars that divide it into sections. The hall is illuminated with general and spot lighting and is perfect for large exhibitions. It is an open exhibition space where the exposition can be expanded to the gallery behind the elevators as well as the 6th Floor Exhibition Hall. 

See the floor plan of the 6th Floor Gallery. 

See the common floor plan of the 6th Floor Gallery and Exhibition Hall. 

6th Floor Exhibition Hall

The 6th Floor Exhibition Hall is a lockable space located in the reading area, adjoining the 6th Floor Gallery, designed for holding exhibitions. The hall is illuminated with general and spot lighting. The walls of the hall can be painted over. As the 6th Floor Gallery and Exhibition Hall are close together, they can also be used as a single exhibition space. 

See the floor plan of the 6th Floor Exhibition Hall