Humanities Library

The library holds books and journals in the humanities and the cultural sciences. The library also holds the National Resource Library for Gender Studies Kvinnsam, several donated collections and rarities as well as older prints, manuscripts and sound and video recordings. The library is open 10.00-16.00 to students and staff with GU card. Open 14.00-16.00 to the public.

Image showing exterior view of the Humanities Library

At Humanities Library

Disturbing noise during the building of the West link

Until 2023, rock caverns and tunnels will be drilled and blasted out in the area around the Humanities Library. At the beginning of 2021, a work tunnel will be built under the library, as part of the West Link project. The work will involve disturbing noises from drilling and blasting. The noisy work will mainly take place from 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays. You can register with the The Swedish Transport Administration’s explosion warning service so that you receive a message 30 minutes before each explosion that takes place in the area.

Sign up for the explosion warning service here

Read more about the West Link

Adjusted service due to covid-19

Due to covid-19, the library has changed service. A reduced number of study places are open for students who cannot study from home. Group study rooms can be booked, but with a limit of a maximum of one person in a group study room. The reading studio, the computer with full access to the database Svenska dagstidningar and the special reading room can be booked. At the moment only two people is allowed at same time in the special reading room. Public computers are not available.

We answer your questions every weekday at 10:00-16:00. Contact us by phone or fill out our contact form or visit our information desk in Zoom.

Information desk in Zoom

Open: weekdays 10:00–12:00 and 13:00-15:00

Zoom link: gu-se.zoom.us/j/63051409318

Open to students and staff Monday-Saturday, 10.00-16.00

The library is only open to students and staff with a GU card, Monday-Saturday 10.00-16.00. The reading room desk and special reading room opens at 11.00 on weekdays.

Open to the public, Monday-Saturday, 14.00-16.00

The public can borrow and return material and read reference material, Monday-Saturday 14.00-16.00

Opening hours with fewer visitors

Avoid coming at the opening for students/staff and at 14:00 when we open to the public, as there are the most visitors at those times.

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. Due to covid-19, you have to contact the library to get access to the special reading room. At the moment only two people is allowed at same time in the special reading room.

About the special reading room

Accessibility of the premises

The library's entrance is accessible for people with disabilities. There is an accessible workstation in the reading studio, and an height-adjustable desk in the silent reading room. A lift is available between all floors.

Between the shelves in the open magazines on floor 5A and 6A, it can be crowded to get in by wheelchair. Contact the library staff if you need help with material picking.

Contact Humanities Library

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Mailing address

Humanities Library
Box 222
405 30 Göteborg

Visiting address

Renströmsgatan 4
412 55 Göteborg

Delivery address

Lundgrensgatan 1
412 56 Göteborg

Telephone

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Opening hours for Humanities Library

Open 10.00-16.00 to students and staff with GU card. Open 14.00-16.00 to the public. The reading room desk and special reading room opens at 11.00 on weekdays.

Opening hours spring 2021

From 7 January
Monday- Saturday 14:00 - 16:00 Open to all users
Monday- Saturday 10:00 - 16:00 Open to students and staff with GU card
Sunday Closed
Other opening hours
Good Friday, friday 2 April Closed
Holy Saturday, saturday 3 April Closed
Easter Monday, monday 5 April Closed
Labour Day, saturday 1 May Closed
Ascension Day, thursday 13 May Closed