Books in Our Collections

The book collections at the National Library are expansive and run the gamut from fragments of the very first book ever printed (the Gutenberg Bible) to digitized copies of priceless originals to electronic reference works in databases. The collection contains about four million books and occupies 42 000 meters of shelf space in the closed stacks. The foreign book collection is somewhat larger than the Swedish collection, because the National Library is a humanities research library with centuries-old traditions and roots in the book collections of Swedish monarchs.

Swedish Books by Legal Deposits

Legal deposits of about 25 000 books every year are augmenting the National Library’s Swedish collections. The book collection is also growing in the closed stacks by about 1 000 meters of shelf space per year. All books published in Sweden, from novels to textbooks and cookbooks, thus become a part of our collections.

Foreign Books by Acquisition

Each year, the library also acquires about 2 000 books with a Swedish connection that were published abroad. There is a large collection of books by Swedish authors that have been translated to other languages, as well as books about Sweden and Swedes published in other countries.

As one of the biggest research libraries in Sweden concentrating on the humanities, the library also buys about 7 000 foreign books in the field every year.

Last updated: 2008-05-08
Contact person: Miriam Nauri, e-mail:

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