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Parliament Reading Room

The Parliament Reading Room is located in Toompea Castle (Lossi plats 1A), room P 177. 

Opening hours: 
Mon, Tue, Wed  9:00–16:00  
Thu, Fri                9:00–14:00 

Contact details:, 631 6955

The reading room serves the staff of the Riigikogu, the Chancellery of the Riigikogu, and other state agencies, as well as the readers of the National Library of Estonia. If you would like to visit us, please schedule a time in advance by phone or email.

The Parliament Reading Room provides access to materials that are essential for the work of the Parliament. The open-access collection contains over 8,000 books on the subjects of legislation and governance. Readers can access newspapers, magazines, and online publications from Estonia and abroad.

The consultants at the Parliament Reading Room are tasked with replying to enquiries as well as assisting readers with borrowing books and searching for information from databases and other sources of information.

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Society Studies

The database provides the main research and publications produced by the Estonian public sector organisations and think tanks and introduces them to the wider public. See also the publication of the Council of the European Union General Secretariat called Think Tank Review that presents the research conducted in European Member States.

You can read the Society Studies publications in the digital archive DIGAR.

You can also browse the social studies research conducted in Estonia here.

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Publications in cooperation with the Chancellery of the Riigikogu

The Chancellery of the Riigikogu in cooperation with the Estonian National Library issues publications that aim to explain the work of the Riigikogu.

Riigikogu Toimetised (“The Proceedings of the Riigikogu”), yearbooks, statistics collections, a variety of booklets and other information materials are published regularly. Albums, children's books, translated books on parliamentarism, etc., are published.

Riigikogu Toimetised (“The Proceedings of the Riigikogu”)

the parliamentary journal, issued since 2000, that covers various topics of importance for the society.

Riigikogu leaflet

includes the seating plan of the Session Hall with photographs of the members of the Riigikogu, statistical data, a brief timeline of the Estonian history, etc.

101 biographies The 10th Riigikogu

A collection of short biographies compiled using questionnaire-based information of the members of the Riigikogu as of 1 January 2018.

Riigikogu … koosseis: statistikat ja ülevaateid (“The ... Riigikogu: Statistics and Overviews”) 

collections about the activities of the different formations of the Riigikogu (starting from the 7th Riigikogu).

Riigikogu aastaraamat (“Riigikogu Yearbook”)

annual summary of the work of the parliament: activities of the committees, statistics, chronicle, etc. Publications in the digital archive DIGAR (2007-2016), since 2017 in the portal DIGAR Estonian Articles.

Elections in Estonia 1992–2015. Statistics and Explanations

Eesti NSV / Eesti Vabariigi Ülemnõukogu XII koosseis: 29.03.1990–29.09.1992

statistikat ja ülevaateid tegevusest. (“Estonian SSR / The 12th Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia: 29 March 1990 to 29 September 1992 – Statistics and Overviews”)

Parlamendi parem käsi (“The Right Hand of Parliament”), the book in the ESTER online catalogue 

interesting archival materials and memories from the history of the Chancellery of the Riigikogu.