The Nordic House Library is a public library where everybody is welcome. The library opened in 1969, one year after the official opening of the Nordic House. The library only contains books in the Nordic languages by Nordic authors, except there are no books by Icelandic authors in Icelandic, only translations of their works to other Nordic languages
The Nordic House Library started offering borrowers electronic books and electronic audio books in Swedish in April 2011, and plans to offer a wider selection of electronic books in other Nordic languages as well.
An electronic book has been transferred electronically so you can read it directly on computers, tablets, phones and special e-readers. Electronic audio books are streamed from the Internet; they are not downloaded to a hard drive. You can’t stream an audio book on an MP3 player.
The library is open all seven days of the week.
September to May: 12:00 – 17:00 (12 – 5 p.m.).
June to August: 10:00 – 17:00 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) on weekdays, and 12:00 – 17:00 (12 – 5 p.m.) on weekends.
Everyone 18 years or older can become a library user.
A library card costs ISK 1700 and is valid for one year.
You can borrow books, audio books, magazines, and music for a 30 day period.
You can borrow films for a week.
You can borrow graphic art for three months.
If books, audio books, magazines or CDs are overdue, you pay ISK 10 per day per item, and ISK 30 for DVDs and graphic art.
If library material is lost or damaged, you pay damages in accordance with a special penalty list.
The Nordic House Library accepts donations of Nordic books, provided there are no obligations. You cannot pay fines for overdue material with book donations.
The Nordic House has free Wi-Fi for guests and borrowers.
Artotek or the Art Library of the Nordic House was established in 1972, when the Nordic Graphic Association donated 200 graphic art works by Nordic artists to the Nordic House as a foundation for an art library. The obligation was that the library users could borrow art in the same way as books and other material.
Borrowing art began in 1976, was considered a great innovation and became very popular. New works are constantly being added and the art library now has more than 500 art works. Registered borrowers can borrow 3 graphic art works at the same time for a 3 month period
The Children’s Library Grotto
The Children’s Library Grotto contains novels and technical books for children in all seven Nordic languages. During the winter the library arranges storytelling hours for children in Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Danish. Kindergartens, primary schools; other groups can also book visits to the Nordic house and its library.