Lojoteka History



Vilnius Jesuit Gymnasium and it’s library were both opened in 1995. Firstly the library was located on the second floor of the school building (now it is an IT classroom there).



Donated Books

Most of the books in the library were donated. Kazimieras Ambrasas SJ, Antanas Saulaitis SJ, Lionginas Virbalas SJ are the Jesuits, who greatly contributed to expansion of the library by gifting books from their private collections. Some books of the current collection were selected from the Jesuit library, huge parcels were received from the USA - thanks to the priest Antanas Saulaitis SJ - the library keeps receiving valuable books from America every once in a while up till now. 


Contribution of Mr Valys

Vaclovas Valys, a Lithuanian immigrant to the USA and a good friend of priest Gediminas Kijauskas SJ, is a highly appreciable contributor to the development of the library. 

In 1994, after Christmas, Vaclovas Valys met up with provincial of Lithuanian Jesuit Province Jonas Boruta SJ and Antanas Gražulis SJ in Cleveland. He presented them with his offering to support the slowly resurrecting Vilnius Jesuit High School.

Just three weeks after the meeting, Vaclovas Valys died. In April 1995 his sister Jadvyga donated his legacy - the books - to complement the library in memoriam of Vaclovas.



Relocation to Other Premises

The library moved to the building next to the school, today known as Building B.



The library starts using iMOBIS (School Library Information System).



Another Relocation

The library returns to the main building, this time in room 107. The former rooms in the B building are being converted into technology and art classrooms.


Beginning of New Construction

The abundance of various books and the growing community have led to a reassessment of the need for a modern library. Currently Vilnius Jesuit High School is a “second-home” to over 800 students and over 100 staff. 

According to the needs of the school, in 2016, in the eastern courtyard of the ensemble of buildings of the Vilnius Jesuit monastery, the new library building began to rise. The architectural solutions modernly reproduce the outbuilding’s (carriage house) silhouette that once stood here.



Completed Instalation

In 2020 after completing the installation, the new library exceeded the definition of a typical school library. The main reading room’s space (easily adapted for conferences or gatherings) and cozy group and individual work spaces are on the first floor; on the second floor quiet individual work spaces for library visitors and creative recreation environment can be found. An audio recording studio, a video/photo studio, a small cinema, storage rooms, group work spaces and a gallery of students' creations are found on the bottom floor of the building.

Spring of 2020

Giving the Name

The multifunctional library complex received a name "Lojoteka. Educational Media Center". The title encodes the mission of this center and its Jesuit origin.

Spring of 2020


Opening Ceremony

On 25 September, Jesuit friends, collaborators and supporters who have contributed to the implementation of the Lojoteka project were invited to an appreciation event.


A Rich Library

Currently the library's collection consists of books, gifted by Jesuits, students, their parents and other benefactors. The library has also gathered a rich collection of art albums and books that were gifted by Vilnius Academy of Arts and private sponsors. Compared to the libraries of other gymnasiums, ours is exclusively rich, because has been compiled from non-conventional sources.


About the library project
2014-2020 EU foundation investment program