Uppsala University Library 400 years

Anniversary films

Dance and music from the 18th century from the Leufsta Collection.

The great fire of Uppsala ravished the town in 1702. Professor Olof Rudbeck the Elder kept a lot of materials for the printing of his botanical works in the Uppsala Cathedral, a building that was destroyed. Did everything vanish in the fire? What is left in our collections?

Anniversary exhibition

The anniversary exhibition highlights how its large and unique collections found their way to the library through required legal deposit copies, donations and other means, and how the Library's locations have changed over the past 400 years from damp facilities near Uppsala Cathedral to today's physical and digital environments.

Visit the exhibition in digital form

400th anniversary 2020-2021

Gustav II Adolf founded Uppsala University Library through two resolutions (1620 and 1621). In these resolutions, the king announced his decision to donate a larger book collection to the University and to allocate an annual sum to the activities of a library. We therefore celebrate the library's 400th anniversary both in 2020 and 2021.

An introduction to the jubilee:

Read more about our history

A guided tour of the Book Hall

Anna Lamberg, the first female employee at the library

In the fall of 1899, Anna Lamberg was appointed library assistant at Uppsala University Library. She became the library's first female employees.

Read more about Anna Lamberg

Photo of Anna Lamberg
Last modified: 2021-09-13