About the library
Uppsala University Library is a research library that is open to all. We provide information resources for research, teaching and learning at the University.
The physical and the digital libraries exist in parallel. We develop and make available our collections in new ways, among them through digital publication and digitisation. We want to be an international example in offering study and research environments, both physical and digital.
Rebuilding Carolina Rediviva 2017-2019
Starting early spring 2017, parts of Carolina Rediviva will be closed for renovation. The work is estimated to last 18-24 months.
The renovation will improve the work environment for employees as well as visitors and will include a new exhibition area and a larger café. The new lay-out will also improve the building as a meeting place.
Organisation and Staff
The University Library is divided up into four departments with different areas of work, and has around 200 employees with broad-ranging competencies within several professional categories.
The Library's history and cultural heritage
Uppsala University Library has a long history; it was founded in 1620 by Gustavus Adolphus, who also donated the first collections. The first Library was housed in a building that was later demolished, close to the cathedral. In 1841, Carolina Rediviva was completed as the University Library, and at that time, the collections numbered about 100,000 items. Read more about the Library's history.
The University Library has rare and valuable collections, that constitute a unique cultural heritage. The collections can be searched in the Library catalogues and be studied in the special reading rooms. Unfortunately some books have gone missing through the ages. The Carolina shop (closed during the rebuilding of Carolina Rediviva 2017-2018; some items are sold in the Service Centre at the University Main Hall during this time) has a broad range of goods for sale, with links to the Library and the exhibitions. Several of the products in the shop are unique to Uppsala University.