“The library is like no other, beautiful architecture with a unique enormous central hall. If you have a taste for quiet places I would highly recommend a visit to this beautiful building in Stockholm.”

Central Library - Stockholm

Designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund – is one of the city’s most notable structures – staff of 200 – contains over 2 million volumes

This outstanding building was designed by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund, and was officially opened on 31 March 1928 in the presence of Prince Eugen. However, due to financial constraints the library was still missing its west wing at this moment, and it was later added in 1932. The orange structure is considered an exemplar of Nordic Classicism, the design being influenced by Asplund’s tour of America’s public libraries.

Stockholm Public Library includes over 2 million volumes and 2.4 million audio tapes, CDs and audio books. There is an “international library” within the main library which caters for foreign languages, and this section comprises of more than 100 languages. However, the main lending library is located in a cylinder in the center of the building, accessed via a grand staircase, and surrounded by three other wings.

The library is a perfect study/work environment as it has computers, free wireless network for those who bring their own computers, and even study spaces and group rooms which can be booked if you wish to study alone or with others. The library even offers help with homework at fixed times – now where else do you find that! The library also offers many activities for small children, which are usually held in the separate children’s book section with space for children and adults. These activities include sing-songs, theatre, films and activity sessions which are offered all year round, and then there is extra activities provided during the school holidays. This incredible service explains the 200 staff that the library employ.

Apparently the building is now is need of some serious redevelopment, of which Caruso St John will lead, this project has been on hold since 2009.

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Address: Odengatan 63, 113 50 Stockholm, Sweden

Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 9:00pm, Friday 9:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Telephone: +46 8 508 311 00