The Library was established in 1570 and is inseparable from the history of Vilnius University, Lithuania and Europe.
The Library provides information services at several locations: the main ones are the Central Library (Universiteto Str. 3) and the Scholarly Communication and Information Centre (Saulėtekio al. 5). In addition, there are ten other libraries at various Vilnius University faculties and centres.
As a result of the having modernised and renewed its activities, various spaces of the Library attract over a million visitors each year. Thus, one could say that approximately one-third of the Lithuanian population visits Vilnius University Library each year.
The Library stores about 5.4 million documents. The total length of its bookshelves is 166 kilometres.
Vilnius University Central Library
This is one of the most beautiful libraries in Europe located in the same architectural complex of buildings where it was originally established. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Jesuit Library was operating here, in the current Philology Reading Room. In 1753, the astronomical observatory – one of the oldest in Europe and first in Lithuania – was established in Vilnius University and it can be visited in the Library’s White Hall. Learn more.
Vilnius University Library Scholarly Communication and Information Centre (SCIC)
SCIC is a space for science and studies that is open 24/7. It is a multifunctional library that combines communicative, information, social and cultural functions. It offers a fully automated book dispensing system, an immense variety of books available at open funds in reading rooms, the possibility of booking rooms for individual and group work and well-designed and vastly enjoyed spaces for interaction. Computer workplaces at SCIC are built on modern cloud computing principles, with wireless high-speed internet running in all spaces of the Centre. There are also spaces for parents with young children.
Important to the community
Vilnius University Library is a space for meetings and communication; in addition, exhibitions, book presentations, cultural events take place here that bring together the University community, residents of Vilnius and city guests, inviting them to share their thoughts and ideas.