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Latvia’s National Library adopts new prices for paid services

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe new price list for paid services of Latvia’s National Library includes 13 new services; certain prices have been either increased or reduced. Services provided to children and youngsters younger than 18 either for free or with a 50% discount have been clarified, says Latvian Culture Ministry’s representative Inita Kabanova.

Library visit, use of information systems and other basic services will remain free of charge. However, the prices of paid services have been set to be either equal or below similar services in other institutions, to avoid affecting library’s accessibility for residents.

The new price list was prepared, considering the increased range of services, as well as increased direct and indirect costs of services.

Also the price list was updated based on demand from consumers and observed trends.

In accordance with the new price list, three new activities in the library will be available free of charge to children under the age of 18: excursion around Books in Latvia exposition, education activities at Books in Latvia or Virtaka Lecture Room, as well as creative workshop in Virtaka Lecture Room. If there are people participating in activities who are older than 18, these three services will be available at a 50% discount. The same applies to the excursion in the Books in Latvia exposition in Russian, English or German.

The new price additions to the price list include paid services for rent of premises, printing of promotional posters, digitization of rare materials and books dating before 1940, audio recording at a studio, personal services (graphic designer, exhibition coordinator) and other services.

Three new education programmes are also planned for the library: professional education programmes for IT and library basics.

The new price list also includes such educational activities like traditional Chinese book binding, medieval book binding, and hard book binding.

Between 2020 and 2022, the biggest additional revenue is expected to come from rent of rooms (EUR 15 000) and parking fees (EUR 10 000).

Additional revenue will also come from renting out library inventory to tenants (EUR 5 000) and other paid services (EUR 10 000).

In 2018, the library was visited by 442 222 people (aside from the open public zone). 270 708 of them were readers who were given 443 023 physical and electronic reading units. 11 585 new people were registered as readers in 2018.


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