Special reading room for fragile materials

The Humanities Library has a special reading room intended for studies of the University Library's most fragile and valuable materials. In here you may read manuscripts, rarities and other items from the special collections.

Limited access to the special reading room

We welcome pre-booked visits to the special reading room at the Humanities Library as far as our resources admit. At the moment only two people is allowed at same time in the special reading room.

Fill out the contact form to request materials and enquire the possibility of booking a visit to the special reading room.

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Opening hours
Monday - Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday Closed

How to use the special reading room

When you order manuscripts, special collections, and rarities, they are delivered to the special reading room. The special reading room is located on the Humanities Library's entrance floor near the quiet reading room.

To get access to the reading room, you must have a GU card or library card and note your visit in the reading room ledger. You also need to read and approve the rules for using the special reading room.

Rules for the Gothenburg University Library special reading room

The reading room is camera-monitored

The special reading room is camera-monitored for security reasons. The recordings are automatically deleted after 30 days.

Monitoring takes place in accordance with the Camera Monitoring Act (2018:1200), the General Data Protection Regulation, and according to the University's routines for processing personal data.

If you have comments on camera monitoring, please contact the Swedish Data Protection Authority. For questions about the legislation and the personal data processing, contact the University's data protection representative via e-mail: dataskydd@gu.se.

Contact us

Contact us if you have any questions about using the special reading room.

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