Facts and figures

The University Library's history dates back to the 1860s. In 1961 the Library became a part of the University of Gothenburg and is today made up by eight libraries and one National Resource Library for Gender Studies.

The History of Gothenburg University Library

The Gothenburg University Library was founded in 1861 as the Göteborgs museum (Museum of Gothenburg) by the politician and publicist Sven Adolf Hedlund.

In 1891 the Gothenburg University College was founded and the museum's library became the Gothenburg City Library. The Library had a focus on research and was meant to service the college but also stay open to the general public. This version of the Gothenburg City Library should not be confused with the City Library of today, that has its roots in the Dickson Public Library. In the year 1900 a library building was built for the operations on Haga Kyrkoplan, today's Social Sciences Library.

In 1961 the Gothenburg City Library became a part of the University of Gothenburg and was given the name Gothenburg University Library. The operations was moved in 1954 to a newly built and more spacious location at Näckrosdammen, a building which later became the Humanities Library.

Gothenburg University Library is today made up by eight libraries and one National Resource Library for Gender Studies, KvinnSam. The Library is open to everyone and the mission is to support research, education and higher studies at the University of Gothenburg.

Wikipedia has a detailed article on the history of the University Library. There you can also read more about the libraries' backgrounds and get more reading tips from the article's reference list.

To Wikipedia's article on the history of the university library

Financial year 2019

This annual report summarizes the financial year's most important events, statistics, and financial results:


Resource Quantity
Libraries 8
Average number of employees during year 201
Opening hours per week 84
Reading places 1 701
Number of volumes 2,84 million
Printed journals 5 020
Electronic journals (not OA) 23 245
E-books (not OA) 2 472 824
Databases (not OA) 490


Use Quantity
Visits per day during semesters 6 187
Loans per year 621 726
Downloaded articles 4,4 million
Instruction (number of students) 17 170


Expenses (1000 SEK)
Salaries, competency development 114 867
Rent, locations 43 423
Media acquisitions (details below) 49 190
Other 21 570
Expenses total
229 050
Revenue (1000 SEK)
Budgetary framework from the University of Gothenburg 226 000
Other 9 601
Revenue total 235 601

Media acquisitions

Expenses (1000 SEK)
Books 3 089
Text books 1 685
Printed journals 1 253
Electronic media 42 984
Other publications 179
Media acquisitions total
49 190

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