National library

Kungl. biblioteket (affectionately known as KB), the Royal Library, is Sweden’s national library and called the National Libray of Sweden. As such, it is charged with collecting and preserving everything that is printed in Sweden. Ever since 1661 all publishers of printed matter must send a statutory deposit copy of everything they publish to KB.

The Swedish collection is made up of material collected over the centuries. It includes books, periodicals, posters, maps, postcards, sheet music, advertisements, catalogues, annual reports, etc. The scope of the collection is continually broadened.

KB’s collections are open to everyone, but visitors are primarily students, teachers, and researchers. Items in the Swedish collection may not be borrowed, but must be read in one of our reading rooms. All books are stored in book depositories and accessible upon request.

Research library

KB is also one of Europe’s leading research libraries, specialised in the humanities. For this reason, the library purchases current foreign research literature in such areas as archaeology, history, literary history, and art history.

Government authority

As a government authority, KB is responsible at the national level for coordinating and developing the information supply to higher education and research. KB is also nationally responsible for managing and developing the national library catalogue, LIBRIS, which is available on the Internet and covers over five million titles in 300 Swedish libraries.

Visiting KB

The library is open to everyone. If you are at least 18 and can present valid ID, you may borrow from the collections. Persons under 18 can search KB’s databases and reference literature, as well as read microfilmed daily newspapers and periodicals. Special rules apply to visitors who are not registered as residents in Sweden or who do not have a Swedish civic registration number.

Last updated: 2010-09-23
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