Many of the items from the collections of the National Library may be copied or photographed unassisted. Our Reproduction Services may also help you with anything from ordinary photocopies to photographic reproductions and digital image files.
On the ground floor there are three book scanners dedicated to copying any material which you have borrowed from the Information and Loans Desk, or material shelved in the reference collection.
You may either print the documents or save them as files on your own USB-stick.
Q&A about copying and photographs
In order to make photocopies you need to have a pre-loaded card which you can purchase at the Information and Loans Desk. Each copy costs 2 SEK. The card may also be used for photocopying in the Microfilm Reading Room. Saving files on your own USB stick is free of charge.
When bringing your own camera or mobile phone to take photographs of material, certain rules apply. You may photograph as follows:
- Reference literature
- Material from the Microfilm Reading Room
- Ordered material in the Main Reading Room and the Research Reading Room
- Ordered material in the Special Collections Reading Room, which is printed and published with the consent of the author
- Other material ordered in the Special Collections Reading Room, after agreement with personnel
It is not permitted to photograph, record or download material from the Audiovisual Collections.
- Always handle the material with care. When making copies or taking photographs, you must ensure that the material does not get damaged.
- You have sole responsibility for how your copies or photographs are used and that their usage is in accordance with current copyright law.
- Please make sure not to disturb other visitors, e.g. by using a flash.
- If you need to take photographs using a tripod, there is a designated area near the Information and Loans Desk for this.
- Special rule may apply regarding material in the Special Collections Reading Room.
- It is not permitted to photograph, record or download material from the Audiovisual Collections.
The delivery time depends on which type of reproduction you need and the extent of the order. Basic reproduction (on paper or pdf-file) will normally take around 5 working days, while digital files for professional printing can take up to 10 working days.
Copies, basic quality (paper or pdf-file)
5 working days. In busy periods it can take up to 10 working days.
10 working days, from the date the staff receive a request, not the date when the order was placed.
Digital files, for professional printing (tiff-files)
10 working days, from the day the staff receive a request, not from the date when the order was placed.
Express orders (maximum 5 reproductions)
1–3 working days.
Large orders (e.g. whole books)
By agreement with staff.
Reproductions that are ready can be collected at the Information and Loans Desk, or be sent by post or email.
The National Library uses a web courier, Fileflow, for delivering advanced high-resolution digital files via email. This means that you are sent an email containing a link for downloading a file.
If a book is out of copyright, you may order a digitisation of the complete work directly from the catalogue post in any of the two library catalogues Regina and Libris. This is called EOD.
When a book is digitised with EOD, each page is scanned individually. It is then delivered as an OCR-coded pdf-file, if you pay by credit card.
Digitisation using EOD costs 100 SEK as a starting fee, followed by 3 SEK per every additional page. Afterwards these digitised works are saved by the National Library, and are made freely available for everyone to access and download from the library catalogues.
Filming and taking photographs
All mass media and production companies are welcome to apply for permission to film and photograph the collections held at the National Library.Read about terms and permissions