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 aims to support research, education and higher studies at the University of Gothenburg. The Gothenburg University Library is a public library and open to everyone.

Financial year 2018

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

Resources

Resource Quantity
Libraries 8
Average number of employees during year 203
Opening hours per week 84
Reading places 1 677
Number of volumes 2,83 million
Printed journals 5 090
Electronic journals (not OA) 22 132
E-books (not OA) 2 261 327
Databases (not OA) 495

Use

Use Quantity
Visits per day during semesters 6 220
Loans per year 568 363
Downloaded articles 4,8 million
Instruction (number of students) 16 218

Finances

Expenses (1000 SEK)
Salaries, competency development 109 609
Rent, locations 42 416
Media acquisitions (details below) 48 319
Other 25 153
Expenses total
225 496
Revenue (1000 SEK)
Grants from the University of Gothenburg 220 000
Other 7 654
Revenue total 227 654

Media acquisitions

Expenses (1000 SEK)
Books 3 160
Text books 1 468
Printed journals 2 502
Electronic media 40 510
Other publications 679
Media acquisitions total
48 319

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