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About the library

Umeå University Library (UmUB) is the largest academic research library in northern Sweden. Our target groups are mainly students and researchers at Umeå University, but we are open to the public as well.

The library comprises the University Library (UB), the Medical Library (MB) at the Norrland University Hospital (NUS), UB Arts Campus at the Arts Campus and Centre for Educational Development (UPL).

History

UmUB originates from "Vetenskapliga biblioteket i Umeå" (the Scientific Library in Umeå) which was established at Umeå stadsbibliotek (Umeå City Library) in 1950. In 1958, when the government decided to establish a medical college in Umeå, a medical library was created as well, leading to an enhancement of the activities at Vetenskapliga biblioteket.

In 1965, when the Umeå University inaguration ceremoniously was held, its library had already existed for one year. The first library director at UmUB was Paul Sjögren. There were immediate plans to set up a new library building on Campus. The constructions were initiated in the spring of 1967, and in 1968 the main building of the University Library, in the heart of campus, was finished. The circulation desk opened on 2 December the same year, the Research Hall a few days later and the textbook reading room opened 3 March, 1969. At the time the library building attracted attention for its interior and open access system. Since then several reconstructions and additions have been made to UmUB, the latest in 2006. A new building for the Medical Library was built in the autumn of 2002.

Donations

Umeå University Library has received several donations over the years, for example those from Sigurd Curman and Olof Östergren, and through the Stiftelsen Seth M. Kempe minnesfond, has been able to receive parts of book collections belonging to Nils Ahnlund, Björn Collinder, Eli Heckscher and Gustaf Hellström. The library also houses the archive of author Sara Lidman.

Legal Deposits to the library

Everyone who copies or publishes a work for general distribution in Sweden is obliged by law to send one copy each to seven specific libraries. Umeå University Library is one of these libraries, and this is an important part of the development of the library collection. The Law for Legal Deposits encompasses printed books, newspapers, brochures, maps, posters, postcards etc. Umeå University Library makes a selection of the material. 

European Documentation Centre (EDC)

Umeå University Library is a European Documentation Centre (EDC).
EDC is a body designated by the European Commission. The purpose is to develop studies and research and make information from the European Union (EU) available to the general public. There are ten EDC libraries in Sweden.

Find more information on the EU here:

EU information (The Swedish Parliament)

You can access EU databases via the library:

EU legislation (list of databases)

Eurostat (EU statistics)

Contact the library for information on how to find legislation and statistics from the EU.

Contact person for EDC

Equal opportunities

At the library, we work with equal opportunities on the basis of Umeå University's policy and vision. 

We are currently actively working on equal opportunities in the following ways:

  • The library has appointed an Equal Opportunities Group with representatives as support for the management team.
  • We have rainbow flags visible on the information desk in all our libraries, this is part of our goal to make visible and include LGBTQ+ people and show that the library supports equal rights.
  • Pride at the libraries - book exhibition in all our libraries in connection with the Pride week in Umeå every year.
  • Focus on the protected grounds of discrimination in signage and selection of books.
  • Thematic signage in national minority languages.
  • Information about accessibility in our physical premises on the web.
  • Reading and writing support for students.

The library in different channels

Opening hours

  • University Library
    12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      20/9
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      21/9
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      22/9
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      23/9
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      24/9
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      25/9
      11:00–17:00
      Sunday
      26/9
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      27/9
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      28/9
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      29/9
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      30/9
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      1/10
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      2/10
      11:00–17:00
      Sunday
      3/10
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      4/10
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      5/10
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      6/10
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      7/10
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      8/10
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      9/10
      11:00–17:00
      Sunday
      10/10
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      11/10
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      12/10
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      13/10
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      14/10
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      15/10
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      16/10
      11:00–17:00
      Sunday
      17/10
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      18/10
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      19/10
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      20/10
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      21/10
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      22/10
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      23/10
      11:00–17:00
      Sunday
      24/10
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      25/10
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      26/10
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      27/10
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      28/10
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      29/10
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      30/10
      11:00–17:00
      Sunday
      31/10
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      1/11
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      2/11
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      3/11
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      4/11
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      5/11
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      6/11
      11:00–17:00
      Sunday
      7/11
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      8/11
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      9/11
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      10/11
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      11/11
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      12/11
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      13/11
      11:00–17:00
      Sunday
      14/11
      12:00–18:00
  • Medical Library
    12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      20/9
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      21/9
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      22/9
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      23/9
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      24/9
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      25/9
      11:00–16:00
      Sunday
      26/9
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      27/9
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      28/9
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      29/9
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      30/9
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      1/10
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      2/10
      11:00–16:00
      Sunday
      3/10
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      4/10
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      5/10
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      6/10
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      7/10
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      8/10
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      9/10
      11:00–16:00
      Sunday
      10/10
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      11/10
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      12/10
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      13/10
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      14/10
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      15/10
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      16/10
      11:00–16:00
      Sunday
      17/10
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      18/10
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      19/10
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      20/10
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      21/10
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      22/10
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      23/10
      11:00–16:00
      Sunday
      24/10
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      25/10
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      26/10
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      27/10
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      28/10
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      29/10
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      30/10
      11:00–16:00
      Sunday
      31/10
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      1/11
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      2/11
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      3/11
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      4/11
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      5/11
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      6/11
      11:00–16:00
      Sunday
      7/11
      12:00–18:00
    • Monday
      8/11
      08:00–22:00
      Tuesday
      9/11
      08:00–22:00
      Wednesday
      10/11
      08:00–22:00
      Thursday
      11/11
      08:00–22:00
      Friday
      12/11
      08:00–18:00
      Saturday
      13/11
      11:00–16:00
      Sunday
      14/11
      12:00–18:00
  • UB Arts Campus
    12:00–16:00
    • Monday
      20/9
      10:00–16:00
      Tuesday
      21/9
      10:00–16:00
      Wednesday
      22/9
      10:00–16:00
      Thursday
      23/9
      10:00–16:00
      Friday
      24/9
      10:00–16:00
      Saturday
      25/9
      Closed
      Sunday
      26/9
      12:00–16:00
    • Monday
      27/9
      10:00–16:00
      Tuesday
      28/9
      10:00–16:00
      Wednesday
      29/9
      10:00–16:00
      Thursday
      30/9
      10:00–16:00
      Friday
      1/10
      10:00–16:00
      Saturday
      2/10
      Closed
      Sunday
      3/10
      12:00–16:00
    • Monday
      4/10
      10:00–16:00
      Tuesday
      5/10
      10:00–16:00
      Wednesday
      6/10
      10:00–16:00
      Thursday
      7/10
      10:00–16:00
      Friday
      8/10
      10:00–16:00
      Saturday
      9/10
      Closed
      Sunday
      10/10
      12:00–16:00
    • Monday
      11/10
      10:00–16:00
      Tuesday
      12/10
      10:00–16:00
      Wednesday
      13/10
      10:00–16:00
      Thursday
      14/10
      10:00–16:00
      Friday
      15/10
      10:00–16:00
      Saturday
      16/10
      Closed
      Sunday
      17/10
      12:00–16:00
    • Monday
      18/10
      10:00–16:00
      Tuesday
      19/10
      10:00–16:00
      Wednesday
      20/10
      10:00–16:00
      Thursday
      21/10
      10:00–16:00
      Friday
      22/10
      10:00–16:00
      Saturday
      23/10
      Closed
      Sunday
      24/10
      12:00–16:00
    • Monday
      25/10
      10:00–16:00
      Tuesday
      26/10
      10:00–16:00
      Wednesday
      27/10
      10:00–16:00
      Thursday
      28/10
      10:00–16:00
      Friday
      29/10
      10:00–16:00
      Saturday
      30/10
      Closed
      Sunday
      31/10
      12:00–16:00
    • Monday
      1/11
      10:00–16:00
      Tuesday
      2/11
      10:00–16:00
      Wednesday
      3/11
      10:00–16:00
      Thursday
      4/11
      10:00–16:00
      Friday
      5/11
      10:00–16:00
      Saturday
      6/11
      Closed
      Sunday
      7/11
      12:00–16:00
    • Monday
      8/11
      10:00–16:00
      Tuesday
      9/11
      10:00–16:00
      Wednesday
      10/11
      10:00–16:00
      Thursday
      11/11
      10:00–16:00
      Friday
      12/11
      10:00–16:00
      Saturday
      13/11
      Closed
      Sunday
      14/11
      12:00–16:00
  • Archives and Special Collections
    Closed
    • Monday
      20/9
      09:00–17:00
      Tuesday
      21/9
      09:00–17:00
      Wednesday
      22/9
      09:00–17:00
      Thursday
      23/9
      09:00–17:00
      Friday
      24/9
      09:00–17:00
      Saturday
      25/9
      Closed
      Sunday
      26/9
      Closed
    • Monday
      27/9
      09:00–17:00
      Tuesday
      28/9
      09:00–17:00
      Wednesday
      29/9
      09:00–17:00
      Thursday
      30/9
      09:00–17:00
      Friday
      1/10
      09:00–17:00
      Saturday
      2/10
      Closed
      Sunday
      3/10
      Closed
    • Monday
      4/10
      09:00–17:00
      Tuesday
      5/10
      09:00–17:00
      Wednesday
      6/10
      09:00–17:00
      Thursday
      7/10
      09:00–17:00
      Friday
      8/10
      09:00–17:00
      Saturday
      9/10
      Closed
      Sunday
      10/10
      Closed
    • Monday
      11/10
      09:00–17:00
      Tuesday
      12/10
      09:00–17:00
      Wednesday
      13/10
      09:00–17:00
      Thursday
      14/10
      09:00–17:00
      Friday
      15/10
      09:00–17:00
      Saturday
      16/10
      Closed
      Sunday
      17/10
      Closed
    • Monday
      18/10
      09:00–17:00
      Tuesday
      19/10
      09:00–17:00
      Wednesday
      20/10
      09:00–17:00
      Thursday
      21/10
      09:00–17:00
      Friday
      22/10
      09:00–17:00
      Saturday
      23/10
      Closed
      Sunday
      24/10
      Closed
    • Monday
      25/10
      09:00–17:00
      Tuesday
      26/10
      09:00–17:00
      Wednesday
      27/10
      09:00–17:00
      Thursday
      28/10
      09:00–17:00
      Friday
      29/10
      09:00–17:00
      Saturday
      30/10
      Closed
      Sunday
      31/10
      Closed
    • Monday
      1/11
      09:00–17:00
      Tuesday
      2/11
      09:00–17:00
      Wednesday
      3/11
      09:00–17:00
      Thursday
      4/11
      09:00–17:00
      Friday
      5/11
      09:00–17:00
      Saturday
      6/11
      Closed
      Sunday
      7/11
      Closed
    • Monday
      8/11
      09:00–17:00
      Tuesday
      9/11
      09:00–17:00
      Wednesday
      10/11
      09:00–17:00
      Thursday
      11/11
      09:00–17:00
      Friday
      12/11
      09:00–17:00
      Saturday
      13/11
      Closed
      Sunday
      14/11
      Closed

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