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 digitised and available online. Before you make a request, search for the materials in Alvin – platform for digital collections and digitised cultural heritage.
Materials printed before 1850 or that are a part of our Special collections, such as manuscripts, pictures and maps, may only be studied in the Special Collections Reading Rooms. Please plan your visit so that we may help you in best way possible.
- Get a library card for access to the Special Collections Reading Rooms
- Search our catalogues
- More on request materials from the Special collections
- Rules for the Special Collections Reading Rooms
Here you find a digital "reference library":
- Brev i bild till Gunhild 1906 2019-09-20
- Kyrkslaviskt tryck från 1696 2019-09-18
- Mattias Ternstedts nothandskrift 2019-09-13
- Album från en resa i Österrike 1835 2019-09-11
- Kungligt i marginalen 2019-09-06
- Menaion för september 2019-09-03
- Ny termin i nyrenoverade Carolina Rediviva 2019-08-30
- Studenter i Uppsala 2019-08-27
- Medevi brunn 2019-08-16
- Ett föremål av vikt 2019-08-07
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Exhibition at the University Library
Welcome to a new exhibition and an entirely new exhibition hall at the University Library, Carolina Rediviva.
The exhibition contains the famous Codex argenteus, as well as the earliest reasonably accurate map of the Nordic countries, the Carta Marina, and the hand-drawn map of the city of Mexico from the middle of the sixteenth century.
The library also has temporary exhibitions on the history of the Carolina Rediviva building and on the donation by Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie in 1669, when the Codex argenteus and other important works were given to the Library.
Read more about the special collections materials
- Early printed books and special collections
- Manuscripts collections
- Picture collections
- Maps collections
- Music scores collections
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 will not be on display during the renovation of the exhibition hall at Carolina Rediviva. The exhibition reopens 14 June 2019 at 14.30.
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.