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The University Library has been building up its collections since the foundation of Lund University in 1666. Today they cover more than 130 kilometres of shelf space, spanning more than two thousand years and every possible subject.

Did you know that the University Library receives a legal deposit copy of every item published in Sweden? This is why our collections expand by more than 2 meters every day: books, daily newspapers, scholarly journals, advertisements, school directories, postcards, advent calendars, cycling maps and bus timetables.


Lund University Library provides access to one of the country’s largest collections of electronic journal articles and e-books. Students and employees at the University have access to more than 200 scientific databases, 374 000 e-books and 30 000 scholarly e-journals.

Special collections

The University Library is one of Sweden’s largest and oldest research libraries, with special collections spanning more than two thousand years. The library has more than 4 kilometres of shelving dedicated to manuscripts and archive documents, thousands of old printed books from the mid-1400s to the end of the 1700s, as well as image collections which contain more than one million photographs and graphic documents.

For the past decade, Lund University Library has worked actively on the digitisation of much-requested material, to make it directly accessible online. Currently more than 50 000 photographs, 3000 manuscripts and rare books, as well as thousands of old maps are freely available online.

The University Library’s special collections, however, are too extensive ever to be digitized in their entirety, but anyone can order material for study in the library’s Special Collections Reading Room. The University Library’s special collections are not only meant for the University’s researchers, but for all those interested in our cultural heritage.

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