The Nobel Library is intended to assist the Swedish Academy in the evaluations required for the Nobel Prize in Literature and for the Academy’s own prizes and awards. The primary task of the library is to acquire and make accessible recent works of literature, along with literary criticism and linguistics. It concentrates mainly on contemporary literature, which in many cases is acquired in the original language.
Currently the library subscribes to approximately 150 literary journals, the majority published outside Sweden. These journals play an important role in the acquisitions process.
With collections consisting of 200,000 volumes, the Nobel Library is one of the largest libraries in the Nordic countries specializing in literature.
Searches may be made of the library’s foreign language titles using the national database Libris. The library makes interurban loans to public libraries, research libraries and university libraries in the Nordic countries.
The Nobel Library, founded in 1901, is open to the public, particularly to those seeking access to contemporary literature and literary criticism for advanced studies.
Guided tours can be offered to groups of visitors by special arrangement.
The Nobel Library also considers that one of its tasks is to assist all those who work with books, such as librarians and the staff of bookshops, by arranging lectures and seminars on contemporary literature.
You can read more about the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Library in The Swedish Academy and the Nobel Prize in Literature by Bo Svensén, Stockholm 2000.