KvinnSam have collections in women's studies, men's studies and gender research. Since 2018, KvinnSam is a research infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg. KvinnSam is located at the Humanities Library.

Image showing study places and book shelves at KvinnSam

At KvinnSam

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 10.00-14.00.

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 and opening hours

Accessibility of the premises

KvinnSam's premises are located at the Humanities Library. The library's entrance is accessible for people with disabilities. A lift is available on all floors. Contact the library staff if you need help with material picking.

The KvinnSam website

KvinnSam produces several databases and digital resources in women's studies, men's studies and gender research. KvinnSam also collects manuscripts and archival material in women's history. You can find more information about KvinnSam's activities, databases, and archives at KvinnSam's website.

To Kvinnsam's website

Contact KvinnSam

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Mailing address

Box 222
405 30 Göteborg

Visiting address

Renströmsgatan 4
405 30 Göteborg


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Opening hours for KvinnSam

Open 10.00-16.00 to students and staff with GU card. Open 14.00-16.00 to the public.

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