Toomas Schvak

Librarian, Rental Coordinator

Toomas came to work at the Arvo Pärt Centre in 2017, inspired by the opportunity to build up a new, engaging library.

He is responsible for the development and operation of the centre’s library. He appreciates the opportunity to work in his specialty and also to help people find their way to the works and spirituality of Arvo Pärt.

Toomas previously worked at the National Library of Estonia, where he was responsible for the development of the ISE article database. He also helped in the creation of the library at the General Staff of the Estonian Defence Forces, and has served as a project manager in the development projects of pan-European information services, The European Library and Europeana. He has also been involved in publishing, having previously worked as the editor-in-chief of TEA Encyclopaedia and deputy editor-in-chief of the largest publisher of school textbooks in Estonia, Avita.

Toomas studied library science and general history at Tallinn Pedagogical University, and defended his master’s degree in anthropology of religion at the University of Tartu. He is currently conducting his doctoral studies in theology at the University of Tartu, specialising in church history.

Since 2023, he is also in charge of the room rental services at the centre, utilising his earlier expertise as a conference and banqueting manager at the Unique Hotels Group.

On June 22, the Centre is open until 4.00 p.m., on June 23, the Centre is closed. Happy Victory Day and Midsummer to everyone!

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