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History of Varena District Municipality Public Library

The Varėnos County Library started its activity in 1947 with a collection of 3000 books. There were 100 readers. The first head was Veronika Juodkienė.

  • In 1949 the library moved to the premises of the House of Culture. A. Vyšniauskienė became the head.

  • In 1950, when Varėna County was transformed into Varėna District, the library became Varėna District Library.

  • In 1956, a major shift in the library's activities took place when Algirdas Kancleris, a graduate of Vilnius University, took over the management.   On his initiative, new premises were allocated for the district library. There were separate rooms for the reading room, the subscription and the methodological corner.  The library's bibliographic-information apparatus - catalogues and card catalogues - was organised. A large amount of material was collected for the local history file "Press about Varėna".

  • In 1958 Ieva Rozenbergienė became the head of the library.

  • In 1961, the library moved to other premises (in A. Basanavičiaus Street), where it housed a subscription office, a book depository, a reading room and a methodological corner.

  • In 1966, Zofija Ščesnulevičiūtė (later Zofija Bliujienė) took over the management of the library. In 1997, Z. Bliujienė was awarded an important award - the Medal of the Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas of Lithuania, 1st degree.  The title of the best librarian of the year 2003 was awarded to Zofija Bliujienė for her great contribution to the opening of the new Varėnos District Library and for providing library services to the local community. In 2003, Z. Bliujienė was awarded the "Silver Bee" sign and the District Municipality Culture Prize by the Varėna Council for preserving the written word, promoting the cultural heritage in books and spreading the cultural activities and ideas of her contemporaries.

  • In 1968, the library began to acquire a collection of records.

  • In 1973, the library was located on the second floor of the Varėna Cultural Centre building. The book collection, reading room, catalogues and card catalogues were housed in one hall. The Printing, Children's Literature, Storage and Exchange/Reserve departments remained in another building.

  • In 1976, the library started to work within the centralised library system. Varėna District Library became the central library. New departments were established to carry out different functions: Readers' Services Department, Bibliography Department, Methodology Department, Children's Literature Department, Print Collection and Management Department. Z. Ščesnulevičiūtė, former Head of the District Library, was appointed Director of the Central Library.

  • In 1977, the repository fund was organised.

  • From 1 January 1997 the District Central Library became the Varėna District Municipal Public Library. The library was granted legal status and the regulations of the public library were approved. In 1999, the district municipality bought a three-storey building in the centre of the town for the library.  However, the building was not suitable for the needs of the library, had to be reconstructed and took almost four years to complete.

  • In 2002, the library opened an internet reading room.

  • In 2003, the library moved to renovated and modern premises.  On 7 October, the Varėnos District Municipality Public Library building was opened.

  • In 2004, the library joined LIBIS (Lithuanian Integrated Library Information System).

  • In 2004, the Information Office of the Ministry of Justice was established.

  • 1 March 2005. Eitaras Kazimieras Krupovičius took up the post of Director of the Varėnos Public Library on 2005.

  • In 2005, the Varėna District Literary Club "Jievaras" was established in the library.

  • In 2006, the library prepared and submitted to the Culture and Sports Support Fund the project "In the Land of Childhood: Establishment of the Martynas Vainilaitis Museum and Sculpture Park in the village of Vaitakarčmios".

  • In 2009, the library's project "Renovation of the Anselmas Matucis Tree" was implemented. The Varėna Public Library takes care of the tree and the tradition of "Poetry Springs".

  • In 2009, the Mushroom Festival for the first time hosted the Book and Singing Poetry Courtyard, organised and hosted by the public library.

  • In 2017, the project "Modernisation of Cultural Institutions in Varėna" was launched.

  • In 2019, a mobile library was launched.

  • In 2022, a giant mural based on the painting "The Tale of the Kings" by our compatriot, Mikolaj Konstantinas Čiurlionis, was painted on the wall of the Library.

Free services

  • delivering documents to homes and reading rooms;

  • answering readers' queries orally and by phone;

  • advice on finding information;

  • home delivery of printed materials to disabled and elderly people (on request);

  • organising oral and visual events;

  • making it possible for children and young people to watch videos and listen to recorded music;

  • issuing documents at home and in reading rooms;

  • answering readers' queries orally and by telephone;

  • advice on finding information;

  • home delivery of printed materials to disabled and elderly people (on request);

  • organising oral and visual events;

  • making it possible for children and young people to watch videos and listen to recorded music;

Paid services

  • Issuing a user card (ticket); 

  • printing of documents using monochrome and colour printers;

  • photocopying of documents;

  • lamination of documents;

  • binding of documents;

  • scanning of documents;

  • downloading documents from other libraries via interlibrary loan.


Varėnos District Municipal Council Decision No T-VII-1035 of 7 October 2014

(Revision of Decision No T-VIII-588 of 28 February 2017 of the Varena District Municipal Council)

Price, Eur
Printing and copying documents with a colour printer, on both sides of the page
Printing and copying of documents using a colour printer, 1 p. graphic A4 sheet
Downloads from other libraries via interlibrary loan, 1 download
Costs depends on the current postage rates
Scanning documents, 1 copy
Binding of documents, 1 time
Lamination, A4 sheet
Copying documents 1 page A3 sheet
Copying documents 1 page A4 sheet
Printing documents in black and white on both sides of the page
Printing documents in black and white 1 page A4 graphic sheet
Obtaining a duplicate e-reader card
Issuing e-reader's card to persons with 70-100% disability, members of large families, children, orphanages. The benefit is granted on presentation of the required documents.
Issuance of e-reader's card to persons who have lost 60-70% of their ability to work, socially disadvantaged inhabitants of Varėnos municipality, pupils of gymnasiums, pro-gymnasiums, co-educational schools, pensioners. The benefit is granted upon submission of the necessary documents.
Issuing an e-reader card for adults
Frequently asked questions

How do I get a library card?

To obtain a library card and register with the library, you need to bring your ID, read the library's terms of use and sign a commitment to abide by them.


Do I have to pay for a library card?

No, there is no charge for a library card.


What is the validity period of the reader's card?

A Reader's Card becomes invalid if it has not been used in any LIBIS library within six years.


Can other family members or friends use the same reader card?

No. Only the person to whom the Reader's Card has been issued can use it.

What should I do if I lose my reader card?

You must inform a member of the library staff immediately.

Is my library card valid in other Lithuanian libraries?

The LIBIS card is valid in all public libraries in Lithuania that are connected to the LIBIS system.

Why is there a re-registration of readers at the beginning of each year? 

Readers are re-registered by updating their personal data necessary for the operation of the library. Readers who have not re-registered as of the date set in the calendar year are not allowed to borrow items for home borrowing, to extend the return period or to do other things in the library. 

What is the procedure for borrowing items for home borrowing?

To borrow library items, a person must register and obtain a library card. A Reader's Card entitles the user to borrow library books for a maximum period of 30 calendar days.

How do I extend the loan period?

You can extend the loan period by coming to the library, by phone or online (if the loan period has not expired). 



What if I can't find the return button? 

If you do not find an extension button or information about the overdue amount when you go to extend the return period, it means that your borrowed item has already been reserved by another reader and must be returned to the library.

If I extend the deadline for returning a book by one month, can I extend it by another month?

The return period can be extended by one month if the book has not yet been ordered or reserved by another user and the return period has not expired.


Does the library offer photocopying and printing services?

Yes, these services are available. Colour and black and white copies of books and periodicals are made in the Reader Services Department (2nd floor). See here for rates.


Do I have to pay for using the computer?

No. There is a limit of 1 hour per user per working day. This time can be extended at the user's request if no other user is waiting. For under-age users, the time limit may be extended by up to 1 hour.

Can I use Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel)?

Yes, you can.

Can I use chat software?

Yes, Skype is available, but please do not use the microphone to disturb other readers. You can bring your own headphones.

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