Reading Rooms and Information Desks

You will use different reading rooms depending on what material you intend to read or study. Please note that some of the Desks may have different opening hours.

Information and Circulation Desk

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

The Information and Circulation Desk is situated on the Entrance Level. Here you collect your requested material for reading in the Main Reading Room. The material is mainly from the Swedish and foreign collections from the year 1830 and onwards, as well as printed books, maps, and other cartographical material in book form post 1830. Foreign books that are requested for home loan are placed on shelves next to the Information and Circulation Desk and can be borrowed using the self-service machines.

Main Reading Room

The Main Reading Room is situated on the Entrance Level. This is where you study the material collected at the Information and Circulation Desk.

Research Reading Room

The Research Reading Room is situated on the Entrance Level next to the Main Reading Room and is reserved for users with book lockers.

Special Reading Room

Phone: +46 (0) 10 709 30 50
E-mail: info[atsign]kb.se

The Special Reading Room is situated one level up from the Entrance Level. Here you can study all material belonging to the special collections, such as Printed Music, Posters, Manuscripts, Maps, books printed before 1830, Ephemera and much more. You may also order public documents from the Library's official archives.
You must always show a valid photo ID or passport when entering the Special Reading Room.

Reprographic Service

Phone: +46 (0) 10 709 30 50 (Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm)
E-mail: info[atsign]kb.se

Reprographic Service is situated on the Entrance Level next to the Information and Circulation Desk. Here you can request and pick up copies and reproductions. Next to the Reprographic Service are the book scanners.

Research Service for Audiovisual Media

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

Research Service for Audiovisual Media is situated on Level 2. Here you can search information about TV, radio, video, movies presented in theaters, CDs, and multimedia. To get access to this material you need to create an account in The Swedish Media Database (SMDB). When visiting Humlegården you also need a Library Card.

Microfilm Reading Room

Phone:  +46 (0) 10 709 30 40
E-mail: info[atsign]kb.se

The Microfilm Reading Room is situated on Level 1. Here you can find all Swedish newspapers on microfilm from 1979 to 2013. For the years 1645-1978 all major newspapers are as well as a large number of the minor newspapers. Also on microfilm are Swedish-American newspapers, Finnish-Swedish newspapers as well as some foreign newspapers. The microfilms are placed on open shelves. Titles and publishing dates can be found in Mikrofilmade svenska dagstidningar.

A large number of Swedish telephone directories in printed form are available, as well as in microfilm format until the late 1990s.

In the Microfilm Reading Room there are a number of computers available for Digitaliserade svenska dagstidningar.

Periodicals Reading Room

The Periodicals Reading Room is situated on Level 2. Here you can find the latest issues of a number of Swedish and foreign periodicals within the humanities and social sciences, as well as bound volumes of a selection of Swedish journals.

Last updated: 2016-06-28
Contact person: Philippa Andreasson, e-mail: firstname.lastname@kb.se
Main Reading Room at the National Library

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