How to use the Special collections

Uppsala University Library can offer students and researchers very valuable and rare special collections. During the long history of the Library, large collections have been built up through donations, spoils of war, duty deliveries and purchases. The special collections are today considered as cultural heritage, which includes old prints, manuscripts, images, maps and musicalia. Thanks to requests for digital copies, more and more materials are being digitized and available online.

Here you find a digital "reference library":

Early printed books and special collections

Among the early printed books are books, periodicals, newspapers, minor printed matter and brochures printed before 1850. Some special collections are sometimes supplemented by modern material.
Read more about the early printed books and special collections.
Request printed books from the special collections.


Manuscripts includes everything written by hand, from mediaeval manuscripts to entire collections and letter collections from modern authors and cultural personalities.
Read more about the manuscripts collections.
Request manuscripts and correspondence.


There are about 700 personal archives and almost 100 archives of families in our collections, and also archives from institutions and societies.
Read more about the archives.
Request archives.


The Library's picture collections include engravings and lithographs, hand-made drawings, postcards, photographs and printed posters from old and recent times.
Read more about the picture collections.
Request pictures.


Both Swedish and foreign maps are included in the Special Collections, from late mediaeval times to today's modern issues, both printed and hand-drawn by.
Read more about the maps collections.
Request maps.

Music scores

There are both printed and handwritten scores from the Middle Ages to our own times. The legal deposits received by the Library ensure that we have the entire Swedish production of music scores. 
Read more about the music scores collections.
Request music scores.


Read more about the exhibitions at the University Library. We can also contribute with material from the collections for exhibitions arranged by other cultural institutions in Sweden or abroad. How to borrow material for an exhibition.

Codex argenteus

Codex argenteus will not be on display during the renovation of Carolina Rediviva. The exhibition reopens in the middle of 2019.
Codex argenteus - which means "the Silver Book" - is Sweden's most valuable book and one of the world's most famous manuscripts. It was written in Italy in the beginning of the 6th century. Learn more about Codex argenteus.

Browse Codex argenteus