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Library – an essential part of the university

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Fully fledged study process and research is unimaginable without a library. In this article we reflect upon some of the most important things about RSU library, founded in 1950.

Fully fledged study process and research cannot be carried out without a library. Besides, the development of the university goes hand in hand with the growth and expansion of the library. Year 2015 marks the anniversary of the university, and today the number of library readers almost reaches 12,000. The library can now boast 590,000 units in its collection (books, periodicals etc.) and almost 40 employees. Here’s how it all started…

The library of Rīga Stradiņš University was founded in 1950, however, the doors were open for the readers in 1951. There were 892 readers and two employees at the library.

The number of units in the library collection – medical literature in Russian – reached 25,304. The library was located at 12 Padomju Boulevard (now Zigfrīda Annas Meierovica Boulevard). Back then it was a typical Soviet library with wooden shelves, card catalogues and files, typewriters. The official papers were in Russian.

library-reading-room-1960Reading room of Rīga Medical Institute in 1960. From the archives of RSU Library

library-reading-room-1963Reading room of Rīga Medical Institute in 1963. From the archives of RSU Library

library-first-pc-1991Librarian Margarita Želve, currently deputy head of RSU Library, feels excited about the first computer at the library that was purchased in 1991. From the archives of RSU Library

library-info-centre-90sReading room of the Information Centre at 16 Dzirciema Street in the early 1990s. From the archives of RSU Library

library-info-centre-2003Information Centre at 16 Dzirciema Street in 2003. From the archives of RSU Library


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