Monday marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Estonian National Library (Rahvusraamatukogu) in central Tallinn, though no major events could take place on-site, as the building, on Tõnismägi, is currently under renovation.
Designed by Raine Karp (exterior) and Sulev Vahtra (interior), Work on the iconic late Soviet-era building started in 1985, and was not completed until 1993, by which time Estonia had been an independent country for a couple of years.
The gallery above shows work-in-progress, in photos taken in 1987.
As reported by ERR News the National library closed for renovations in late 2021 and is due to reopen in 2026.
Editor: Andrew Whyte, Kaspar Viilup.
Source: ERR Kultuur