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The collections then amounted to one million items already.
The liberation movement that began in the Baltic countries in the 1980s and the restoration of the independent Republic of Estonia on August 20, 1991 considerably changed the role of the Library.
Later publications include a selection of copies with autographs, manuscript amendments and ownership marks, censor’s copies, artistic bindings, bibliophile and luxury publications.
With the Soviet occupation, the Library became a regular public library, known under the name of the State Library of the Estonian SSR.
On December 21, 1918, the Provisional Government of the Estonian Republic took the decision to establish the State Library.
The primary collection of the Library was about 2,000 titles necessary for lawmaking and government, and the first users were the members of Parliament (Riigikogu).
The National Library of Estonia (in Estonian: Eesti Rahvusraamatukogu) is a national public institution in Estonia, which operates pursuant to the National Library of Estonia Act.
It was established as the parliamentary library of Estonia on December 21, 1918.
Research on old books has been conducted in the library for over 50 years.