Places to eat and drink
You may not bring food or drinks with you into the library, as it may damage the collections. The library houses a restaurant and café. There is also a picnic room on the ground floor for those wishing to bring a packed lunch.
The Sumlen Restaurant is situated in the cellar vault, one floor beneath the ground level. Sumlen serves lunch on week days and also offer a vegetarian alternative on the menu. They also cater for alternative food preferences, such as vegan, lactose or gluten-free food.
Monday to Friday: 11.00–14.00
Located in the entrance hall, Café Valfrid offers quick snacks, cakes or light lunches, as sandwiches and salads.
There is also a dedicated area - picnic room - for visitors wishing to eat a packed lunch. Unfortunately, there is no facility for heating food.
Monday to Thursday: 9.00–18.00
Both Restaurant Sumlen and Café Valfrid are run by Carotte. Read more and view their menus
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