Exhibitions

Uppsala University Library is a treasure trove of books, manuscripts, maps and pictures.

The Exhibition Hall at Carolina Rediviva

Entrance is free of charge.
See opening hours.
It is possible for groups to book a guided tour, for a fee. For more information, please contact evenemang@ub.uu.se.

Here you find samples from our valuable collections that have been gathered here for 400 years. In the exhibition you can follow the evolution of writing through thousands of years, the origin of book printing and how scientific discoveries spread in printed form. Through historical documents you see the development of society and democracy in past centuries. See and read more about the objects on display in the exhibition catalogue online, buy it in our shop at Carolina Rediviva or order the catalogue from the Uppsala University's webshop.
The exhibition contains the famous Codex argenteus, as well as the earliest reasonably accurate map of the Nordic countries, Carta Marina, printed in 1539.

Champollion and hieroglyphics – 200 years of Egyptology

200 years ago, Jean-François Champollion made the breakthrough in the interpretation of the hieroglyphs with the Rosetta Stone as one of his sources. Through books and pictures from the collections at Uppsala University Library, this exhibition shows its historic significance. The exhibition also reflects the view of Ancient Egypt before Champollion’s time, and how his interpretation enabled the emergence of the new subject Egyptology at Uppsala University.
The exhibition is produced in collaboration with Gustavianum, Uppsala University Museum, and Uppsala University Art Collection, and shows objects on loan from their Egyptological collections.

You can read the exhibition catalogue online, buy it in our shop at Carolina Rediviva or order the catalogue from the Uppsala University's webshop.

The exhibition runs from 7 June 2022 to 31 August 2023.

Temporary exhibitions on current themes

  • Hugo Alfvén - a 200 year anniversary (9 November-28 February)
  • Gustav's Hand - posthumous manuscripts of Gustav III, king of Sweden 1771-1792 (9 November-28 February)
  • Richard Lepsius - the founder of German Egyptology (9 November-28 February)
  • Advent calendars (9 November-31 January)

Shop Carolina

Uppsala University Library has a gift shop that is located next to the entrance hall at Carolina Rediviva. Here you find a variety of books, posters, gift wraps and a large amount of postcards. Here you also find items such as notebooks, trays, coasters, ecolabelled bags, CDs, jewellery and cleaning cloths for glasses, mobile phones or tablets.
See the shop's opening hours

Themes for all products in the shop are taken from our rich collections of manuscripts, music scores, maps, images and printed materials. Currently, a few products are available for sale online: reproductions of two of the university's most famous treasures; Carta Marina and the Mexico map.
Order maps from Carolina Rediviva.

Previous anniversary exhibition 2020-2021

In 2020 and 2021 we celebrated Uppsala University Library's first 400 years with an anniversary exhibition. This exhibition highlighted 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.
Read about the exhibition in the exhibition catalogue (parallell texts in Swedish and English).

Boijes magasin – The first fashion magazine published in Sweden

A digital exhibition on the first fashion magazine published in Sweden.

The exhibition is made by Celicia Widell and Daniel Rönnegård, students at the History Department, Uppsala University, during an internship at Uppsala University Library.
In Swedish only.

To the exhibition

Last modified: 2022-11-10