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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 goverment decided to establish a medical college in Umeå, a medical libray was created as well, leading to an enhancement of the activities at Vetenskapliga biblioteket.

In 1965, when Umeå University was ceremoniously inaugurated, 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 spring 1967, and in 1968 the university library main building was finished and located in the heart of Campus. The circulation desk opened December 2 the same year, the Research Hall a few days later and the textbook reading room opened March 3, 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, e.g. those from Sigurd Curman and Olof Östergren, and has through Stiftelsen Seth M. Kempe minnesfond been able to receive parts of book collections belonging to e.g. Nils Ahnlund, Björn Collinder, Eli Heckscher and Gustaf Hellström. The Archives and Special Collections is housing the archive of the 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, this is an important part of the library collection development. The Law for Legal Deposits encompasses printed books, newspapers, brochures, maps, posters, postcards etc. Umeå University Library makes a selection of the material. 

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 LGBT 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 on national minority languages.
  • Information about accessibility in our physical premises on the web.
  • Reading and writing support for students.

Social media

Opening hours

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