Short review about the library
Klaipeda County Ieva Simonaityte Public Library, founded in 1950, serves as a center of information research, and the provider of educational and leisure activities. The Library carries out functions of the Regional methodological centre and provides methodological assistance for 7 centralized systems of Municipal Public Libraries. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania is the main body responsible for the Library.
The Library is open to all visitors from Lithuania and without any restrictions. The priority is meeting the users' educational and cultural needs, to serve visitors' information research needs.The Klaipėda County Ieva Simonaitytė Public Library functions as : the Klaipėda County depository of Lithuanian, and foreign documents; the regional archival fund of published documents; the information centre for social sciences and humanities, politics, economy and culture; the regional centre for research and methodological assistance; the regional centre of the Lithuanian Integrated Library Information System (LIBIS); The Library provides access to collections of books; periodicals; serial and information publications; manuscripts; video and audio documents; old and rare printings; compact discs; and documents of Lithuanian, foreign and international organizations.
The Library offers exhibitions and other cultural events that are open for visitors. The library staff introduces the visitors to library services and provides qualified information and reference services. It has nearly million items in the Library fund, including 5000 antique and rare books. There are several private collections of books and other significant research materials for the region. In the Gerlach's garret a permanent maritime heritage exhibition is exposed.