Visit the library only if you must, for example to pick up or return books. Your loans are renewed automatically, you will receive a reminder when it’s time to return an item. Use our self-service machines and outdoor book drops for borrowing and returns. About the library's adjusted service
The University Library's special collections contain older material (before 1958) from then Göteborgs museum, donations from private individuals and purchased book collections in certain fields.
The Library's special collections
See a selection of the Library's special collections and learn how to request material from the collections.
What is a special collection?
A special collection is held together by a common property, it can be a previous owner, a subject, a publisher, or provenance. The University Library's special collections mainly contain printed books, but also bookplates, image and poster material as well as different kinds of artefacts.
Finding and requesting from the collections
The special collections are located at the Biomedical Library and the Humanities Library. Most of the collections are placed in closed stacks and can't be found in Supersearch. There is information about finding and requesting materials on each collection page. On the collection pages you will also find contact information if you have any questions about the collections. You can read material from the collections in the libraries' reading rooms.
Special reading room
At the Humanities Library there is 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.
Contact us about the special collections
Contact us if you have any questions about the special collections.