The reading room

© Photo: Ken Opprann / Nobel Institute

The reading room in the library offers excellent conditions for studying.

The Nobel Institute library has been open to the public ever since September 1905. It is a specialised library containing some 200,000 volumes in the fields of political history since 1800, international law, peace, and international economics. The collection includes several rare early publications.

The library is also a depository library for publications from a number of international organizations and institutions: the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, the League of Nations, the International Labour Organization, the Council of Europe, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Free Trade Association, and others.

The library subscribes to about 200 current periodicals. Most of the publications may be borrowed for use outside the library. The catalogue is online.

The library has a reading room and a special room devoted to literature and works of reference concerning Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prizes.

Opening hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 15:45
  • The library is closed on Friday 7 October

The Library database:

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In the libray you will find:

  • Wireless access
  • Access photocopier
  • Lunchroom
  • Watercooler