About the Library
The main topics covered by the library are archaeology, the history of medieval art and buildings, heritage conservation and numismatics. You can search our collections in the following catalogues: Vitalis, Katalog-1974 and Rosenhaneplanscher. If you have a library card, you also have access to a large number of electronic resources.
Anyone can visit us at Storgatan 41, Östra stallet, Stockholm. The nearest Metro stations are Östermalmstorg and Karlaplan. We have reading desks, group rooms, free wifi and copying and scanning facilities.There is a cloakroom by the entrance with lockers and a coffee machine. It is best to order material in advance before coming to the library as much of our material is stored in the archive or the library stacks. Our branch library containing numismatic literature is at The Royal Coin Cabinet at Slottsbacken 6.
Opening Hours Summer: Tuesday-Friday 09.00-15.00
The Library is part of the Swedish National Heritage Board and is a public, academic, specialist library. The National Heritage Board and the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities were part of the same organisation until 1975.
The library is currently run by the Swedish National Heritage Board and our collections are owned by both the Swedish National Heritage Board and the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.
The Numismatic Library
The Numismatic Library is a branch of the library of the Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and is located at the Royal Coin Cabinet. The collection covers literature about coins and medals from the entire world, with the emphasis on Europe. Virtually everything written about Swedish numismatics can be found in the library. The library also holds literature on Swedish banks and Swedish economic history.
The oldest books are from the sixteenth century and rarities also include a special collection, Queen Lovisa Ulrika’s numismatic book collection.
The Tumba Papermill Museum Library
The Tumba Papermill Museum in Botkyrka contains a collection of literature on the history of paper, manufacturing paper and banknotes, the history of printing and about Tumba Papermill itself. The books it contains cannot be borrowed but can be read on site at the Tumba Papermill Museum.
The book collection at the Mediterranean Museum
The book collection on classical archaeology, ancient history, Islamic art and Egyptology can be borrowed from the Mediterranean Museum Library.
The library also contains several older specialist collections. Major collections among these are the Schering Rosenhane library and the Hildebrand collection.