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.
- Order form for special collections materials - requests for more than five items at a time must be made a week in advance.
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
- Photographing with own camera or smartphone
Here you find a digital "reference library":
- Familjeporträtt från 1890-talet 2019-01-21
- Sjökort över Europas alla kuster 2019-01-17
- Målade insekter på sina värdväxter 2019-01-14
- Drolerier i dekretsamling 2019-01-10
- Porträtt av en bibliotekarie 2019-01-07
- Profan musik i religiös kappa 2019-01-04
- Narrskeppet 2018-12-31
- Avtal med djävulen 2018-12-27
- Lossnade medeltida bokbandsdelar 2018-12-20
- Silhuettklipp från 1811 2018-12-17
Special collections on Instagram
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 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.