Loan Requests and Borrowing

The majority of our collections are not for home loan, but can be studied in the Library as reading room loans.

Loan Requests via Regina

Regina is our local library catalog. Using Regina you can find most of the Library´s printed material.

  • The National Library´s materials are stored mainly in closed stacks, loan requests must be placed in order to gain access.
  • You need to be registered at the Library and have a valid library card to make a loan request. You can request up to seven volumes at a time.
  • There are three deliveries from the closed stacks daily. See the Collection Delivery Service.
  • Materials cannot be retrieved from the stacks during the weekend.
  • Requested material must be picked up within eight days.
  • You can renew your home loans via Regina.

Loan Requests that cannot be made via Regina

Printed materials that cannot be found in Regina, can be requested at the Information and Circulation Desk or by e-mail, post or fax. These requests should be submitted at least two business days before you intend to visit the National Library. Please write your name, Swedish personal identification number/date of birth, home address and phone number.

Phone: +46 (0) 10-709 30 30 (Monday-Friday 9 am - 4 pm)
E-mail: info[atsign]
Mailing address: National Library of Sweden/User Services, Box 5039, 102 41 Stockholm
Fax: +46 (0) 10-709 39 27

Home Loans

Foreign acquisitions from the latest two years are placed on open stacks in the Library. These materials can be taken from the shelf and loand out by users with a library card. Please use our self-service borrowing machines or visit the Information and Circulation Desk. Foreign acquisitions can also be requested in Regina.

A borrowing period is 90 days maximum, but materials may be subject to recall on behalf of another user after 14 days. Loans may be renewed once via Regina.

Users not registered in Sweden are not permitted to loan materials as home loans. If the user stays in Sweden more than three months, home loans may be approved against security.


At the National Library there are printed, digitized and microfilmed newspapers.

Special Collections

Audiovisual Collections

The Swedish Media Database (SMDB) is a search service for the Audiovisual Collections at the National Library. The database contains information about TV, radio, video, movies presented in theaters, CDs, and multimedia.

As a researcher you have access to the National Library’s audiovisual collections. Others will also be able to benefit from your results. You can watch and listen to our collections if you are

  • writing a university-level paper or thesis
  • an author or journalist
  • doing research for artistic activities.

When your application is approved you can order materials from the SMDB. You can access your ordered material either at the National Library in Humlegården in Stockholm or as an interlibrary loan at one of the college and university libraries (in Sweden, Norway and Denmark) with which we cooperate.

The SMDB is only available in Swedish. If you have any questions about the National Library’s audiovisual collections and how to search, contact our research service.

Phone: +46 (0) 10 709 30 20
E-mail: forskarservice[atsign]
Mailing address: National Library of Sweden/User Services, Box 5039, 102 41 Stockholm

Public Records

The National Library's public records from the authority’s official archive can be ordered in the Special Reading Room. A library card is not required for access to public documents. Search among the public records in the authority’s official archive via the archive listing held in the Special Reading Room. Request the documents by filling in an order form at the desk. You can also contact the authority’s official archive by email or post.

E-mail: ambetsarkivet[atsign]
Mailing address: National Library of Sweden/Public Records, Box 5039, 102 41 Stockholm

Last updated: 2017-06-29
Contact person: Philippa Andreasson, e-mail:

Reference- and loan services

E-mail: info[atsign]
Phone: +46 (0) 10 709 30 30
(Monday-Friday: 9 am - 4 pm)

Audiovisual Collections

E-mail: forskarservice[atsign]
Phone: +46 (0) 10 709 30 20

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