Director prof. dr. Bronius Maskuliūnas
62 Aušros alėja, LT-76235 Šiauliai
tel. (370 41) 37 17 12,
Šiauliai County Povilas Višinskis Public Library (further SAVB), the largest public library in North of Lithuania, is equally accessible to all users. The Library’s mission is to meet information and cultural needs of the population in the region, to promote the development of the knowledge society by creating the environment for users life-long learning and personal expression.
The library shapes its universal collection observing the needs of its users, taking into account historical traditions, economic and cultural growth, and the demographic situation of the region. Presently the library collection consists of approximately 620 thousand printed and digital resources, maps, media, and archival materials. Annually the Library circulates about 600 thousand materials.
SAVB is the community center for culture and information, where community members can meet their cultural, social, educational and informational needs, socialize, and spend their free time. The library is actively involved in organizing various activities for cultural, social and digital divide reduction of the underprivileged region’s population.
The Library offers a variety of events: educational activities, meetings with famous people, concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, computer literacy and other training. Every year it organizes more than 200 different events.
The library is housed in a modern, contemporary furnished building. Its space is adapted for all ages with different interests and needs. It operates multi-purpose departments, including a specialized Arts and Music Department, which has an established ex libris museum and runs art-related educational activities for socially neglected and mentally handicapped children and young people.
The Art and Music Department visitors can use musical instruments, Yamaha synthesizer, computer graphic design and desktop publishing programs, etc.
The Children’s Literature Department holds annual contests of book talks, carries out interesting reading promotion programs (e.g. “Reading to a dog and with a dog). The Department bookmobile “Knygvežiukas” presents books to children in kindergartens, schools and hospitals.
The Youth Space personnel carry out projects, tailored for the young people’s self-expression and meaningful free time. Here young people gather for informal communication and take part in activities that stimulate their creativity: table game tournaments, film screenings, themed orienteering games, hiking and canoeing, etc.
In 2005, on the initiative of the USA Embassy in Lithuania, the American Corner in the Library was established. Its aim is to familiarize library users with the US culture, economics, literature, history and promote cultural cooperation between the two countries. The American Corner houses one of the largest collections in Lithuanian public libraries of new books in the English language. The American Corner offers informal English lessons for students and the English language club for adults. Every year more and more students get involved in the contest “The Spelling Bee” and in the elections of the most beautiful Halloween pumpkin.
In the Library there are also an exhibition gallery, a small movie theater, a poetry room, and other facilities.
The Library runs several clubs: the English language club, the Club for music and theater, the Art Studio.
At the Library users’ disposal there are 84 workstations where they can surf the Internet free of charge, use software programs, the Library subscribed databases or the staff generated digital content.
The library is equipped with a Digitization Center, 2 computerized teaching-learning classes, an innovative Mobile Technology Laboratory with 10 portable computers with software, 20 iPAD tablets, 6 robot designers, a 3D printer. The Lab is being replenished with new technology that allows expand educational topics.
The Library staff organize readings aloud for the elderly in the hospice.
The Library is frequented approximately by 238 thousand visitors.
In the county SAVB serves as an important resource centre for research work, methodical help, interlibrary loan, bibliographic and regional studies. Therefore, it is closely associated with 11 municipal public libraries, which have an extensive network of urban and rural areas.