Frequently asked questions

Try to find answers to your questions before you use the “Ask a Librarian” service.

How can I become a registered reader of the National Library?

In order to become a registered reader of our library, please visit the main information and registration desk (on the 2nd floor) and follow these steps:

  1. Present a valid ID and, if you are a school or college student, also present a valid student ID card;
  2. Fill out a reader registration form;
  3. Read the Library Use Policy.

You can also obtain a reader pass and modify or update your registration details via the e-service portal ibiblioteka.lt.

Can I enter or make use of the library without a reader pass? When am I required to have a reader pass?

A reader pass enables you to use in-library computers, order publications from the depository, use remote services (access subscription databases and services offered at ibiblioteka.lt), and book meeting rooms for up to 2 hours free of charge.

Can I use my laptop computer in the library? Is there Wi-Fi available at the library? How do I use the library’s computer workstations?

Yes, there is Wi-Fi available at the library and you can use your laptop in the library. Only registered users may access the internet from the National Library’s computers. If you want to register to use public access computers, please approach the main information and registration desk (on the 2nd floor) or ask the reading room staff and they will create an account for you.

How do I know what publications are available in the library?

You can find the publications available in the library by exploring the National Library’s Online Catalogue. Older foreign-language books (acquired by the library prior to 1994) that have not yet been included in the National Library’s Online Catalogue, can be found by using the National Library’s Image Catalogue.

How do I order publications online?

Once you find the desired item on the National Library’s Online Catalogue, click “Order a Publication”.  In the “Library card number” field, enter your card number and enter your password (the password is your surname, using letters of the Lithuanian alphabet if you have not changed it).  Click “Login”.  Select a desired date in the “Order date” field.  The “Copy details” section shows the library collections containing your desired item. Select the collection from which you would like to receive the publication, and click “Order”.  If your order has been accepted, you will see a list of “Ordered documents” where you can check whether your desired document has been ordered successfully.  To check your order details, click “My Area” › “My Orders” on the top menu bar of the Online Catalogue.

Currently, online orders can only be made for publications held in the General Collection, the Music and Visual Arts Reading Room, and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room. You do not need to place orders for documents held in other reading rooms. They are available in the open collections of the reading rooms.

Older foreign-language books (acquired by the library prior to 1994) that have not yet been included in the Online Catalogue, can be found by using the National Library’s Image Catalogue. These may not be ordered online. To order them, you have to physically visit the library and fill out an order form.

How to extend the loan period for borrowed books?

You can extend your loan period via the internet. You can do this if your loan period has not expired and if the item is not overdue or not booked by another reader. Log in to the library’s Online Catalogue and click “My Area” on the menu. Enter your log-in details (your reader’s card number and password) in the opening dialog window. Once you are logged in, your items’ order details will be displayed and you will be able to see the list of your current checked-out items that can be extended. Click the “extend” button next to the chosen book in this dialog box.

You can extend a loan period or check item details by visiting the library interactive service portal ibiblioteka.ltClick “Log in” and enter your reader’s card number and password. Your profile details will be displayed on the top field of the portal. Click “Orders” and then go to “Documents”. You will be able to see the libraries from which you have borrowed books, your order statuses, due dates as well as extension options.

How do I find bibliographic information on articles published in Lithuanian periodicals, scientific studies and collections?

You can find bibliographic information on the articles published in Lithuanian periodicals by searching the Bibliographic database of articles from Lithuanian periodicals (1994–2002 archive) and in the National Bibliographic Data Bank (articles available from 2003). Information on the articles from earlier years (prior to 1994) can be found in the printed state bibliographic directories “Bibliografijos žinios” and “Spaudos metraštis”.

What kind of bibliographic information can I find in the National Bibliographic Data Bank?

The National Bibliographic Data Bank (NBDB) was launched in 1998 for the purpose of keeping a bibliographic record of published documents from Lithuania and related to Lithuania.

What kind of enquiries can I make in the “Ask a librarian” section?

The purpose of this service is to provide concise information. We will email answers to questions about the library, its collections, how services work, the National Library’s databases, catalogues and how to search for documents. More information

How long will I have to wait for a reply to a question I have submitted through the “Ask a Librarian” service?

We will answer your question within two business day of receiving it, except for weekends and unscheduled occasions when the National Library is closed.

Can you send me a copy of an article?

If you wish to receive a copy of an article by post, please refer to the Interlibrary Loan (IL) section. This is a paid service. You can also order certain documents through ibiblioteka.lt.

Can the library host work sessions, seminars and various presentations for small groups of people?

The National Library invites visitors to make use of its meeting rooms. We will gladly host students working on projects, business meetings, various club meetings and anyone looking for a convenient and well-equipped space for productive meetings. More information ›

Do you provide genealogical information?

The library does not provide genealogical information. Please refer to the Lithuanian State Historical Archives with such enquiries. The office can be found at the following address: 

Mailing address:
Mindaugo 8,
LT-03107 Vilnius, Lithuania
Telephone: +370 5 219 5320, +370 5 213 7484
Fax: +370 5 278 43 69
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