Special collections

Linköping University Library’s special collections include Ejnar Fors Bergström’s Faroe Islands collection, the GDR Culture Centre Library, the Fröbel Institute Library, Swedish Academy member Elias Wessén’s book collection in linguistics, and author Sven Stolpe’s collection of French and German fiction.  

A series of special collections has been bestowed, deposited or acquired by Linköping University Library. Some of them are placed separately, but the majority are integrated in the Library’s general book collection. 

Find out what the special collections contain and how you can search and find them. With a few exceptions, the Library’s special collections are searchable in the search service UniSearch and in the national library catalogue LIBRIS.



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AIAA Papers and Conference Proceedings

The collection is a donation from Saab, and includes papers and conference proceedings from  the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) from 1982 to 2002. Loose-leaf binders with tables of contents are available. The AIAA collection is stored in the library closed stacks Bokladan. More about Bokladan


GDR Culture Centre (DDR-Kulturzentrum) Library

The cultural institute of the German Democratic Republic (DDR-Kulturzentrum) in Stockholm was established in 1967. In 1990, at the time of the German reunification, the institute was closed and its library was acquired by Linköping University Library. The collection includes German language classics, fiction, books about social and political life in the GDR, historical works and more.

The GDR collection is placed in closed stacks in Studenthuset, Campus Valla, and can be studied there by appointment through phone: +46 (0)13–28 19 10. Books in the collection are also available for loan and can be searched in the digitized catalogue: Search the GDR-collection


European Documentation Centre (EDC)

Linköping University Library has the status of a European Documentation Centre, which means that we offer information on and access to official publications and legislation of the European Union. Further information on EDC. 


EMIR collection

Linköping University Library houses the EMIR collection of materials on reading instruction donated to the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning (IBL). Books in the EMIR collection are placed in the general library collection and are available for loans. The collection is searchable through the local library catalogue and LIBRIS (national catalogue).


Fröbel Institute Library

In 1904, sisters Maria and Ellen Moberg started Sweden’s first kindergarten for working-class children, the origin of the preschool teacher education in the city of Norrköping. The German pedagogue Friedrich Fröbel (1782–1852) was their main source of inspiration, and the program established by the Moberg sisters was from 1909 supported by what became known as the Fröbel Institute. In 1949, the municipality took over as authority for preschool teacher education.

The collection, approximately 1000 books, contains literature on preschool teaching, child rearing, psychology, religion and children’s books, and can be found at Campus Norrköping Library. The books are searchable in the local library catalogue and in LIBRIS.


Faroe Islands collection

Literature in Faroese and about the Faroe Islands donated by journalist and editor Ejnar Fors Bergström (1893–1976).


Material Realisation Lab library

Database of physical materials in a unique Material Realisation Laboratory where students, researchers, practitioners and professionals can study surfaces and properties of hundreds of different materials. The collection of materials can be found in A building on Campus Valla and is searchable at: Material Realisation Laboratory.


The library of the Nordens folkliga akademi (NFA)

The library of the NFA, an institute for adult education, was donated to Linköping University Library in 2004 after the Nordic Council of Ministers decided to close the institute. The collection consists of books and journals concerning adult education and can be searched through the local catalogue and LIBRIS.


Peter Hellqvist’s collection

Literature on furniture-making and design, wood, and Japanese furniture. The collection belonged to Peter Hellqvist, a student at the former Carl Malmsten School, now Malmstens Linköping University. The 257 books can be found at Byggmästare John Mattson Library at Campus Lidingö, Stockholm. More about Byggmästare John Mattson Library


Rolf Riklund’s collection

A collection of books on modern physics donated by physicist and LiU professor Rolf Riklund (1945–2008).


School books and teaching material

The collection consists of school books in different subjects (nursery school to upper secondary school level). The books are catalogued and searchable through the local catalogue via UniSearch and in LIBRIS. Organized by school subject and educational stage, the main part of the collection can be found in Valla Library's stacks (floor 1 in Studenthuset). Campus Norrköping Library holds a smaller part of the collection, primarily books intended for nursery school through middle school.


Stensland collection

Literature on adult education. The collection can be searched in the library catalougue and in the national catalogue LIBRIS. 


Stolpe collection

French and German fiction, and books on the history of literature, mostly from the first half of the twentieth century. The collection belonged to author and scholar Sven Stolpe (1905–1996) and was acquired by the Department of culture and communication at LiU and donated to the Library in 2003. The books carry a special stamp, "Stople-samlingen", and are placed in the general library collection, primarilly among French and German fiction in Valla Library. The Stolpe collection is searchable via the library catalogue and LIBRIS.


Wessén collection

Literature in linguistics. The collection belonged to Elias Wessén (1889–1981), a Professor of Linguistics and member of the Swedish Academy. The collection is placed in closed stacks in Studenthuset, Campus Valla. Items from the collection can be reserved through the library catalogue. Searchable also in LIBRIS.

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