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).
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.
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.
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:
News and tips about upcoming lectures and workshops.
See what happens in the library at the Arts Campus.
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