The Library

Only the King has a bigger one

Västmanlands-Dala Nation keeps a stately library, place to study and relax away from it all. It is the largest Nation library and at the same time one of the largest privately owned libraries in Sweden – with close to 90,000 volumes on the shelves. A quiet reading room for 26 people and a bookable room for group meetings are right next to the library. A wireless Internet connection is available in both rooms.

The library is run by the library committee.

The collection

The library has an extensive collection of Swedish literature, kept up to date with new purchases several times every semester. It has everything from the classics to books reviewed in yesterday’s paper and books to do with the Nation’s homeland.

Over the years, the library has gathered a large collection of books about Västmanland and Dalarna, as well as about notable people with connections to these parts of the country.

Finally, reference books occupy a great deal of space in the library, particularly in law. We keep several important publications in this field, including Nytt Juridiskt Arkiv, Regeringsrättens Årsbok and Svensk Juristtidning. Furthermore, a great deal of literature is available in the fields of theology, history and social sciences.

Every member can suggest that the library purchase any book that is deemed to be missing from the collection. These suggestions are treated like other suggestions by the library committee.

Course literature in the library

The Nation library offers all course books for the A- and B courses in the subjects listed below. The course literature, like all other literature in the library, can be borrowed by any student who is a member of any nation (except Skånelandens). Beyond the course literature, the library has extensive collections of reference- and miscellaneous literature on these subjects, notably law, socail sciences, economics and history.

  • Archaeology
  • Economic history
  • English
  • Ethnology
  • Philosophy
  • French
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • Business economics
  • History
  • Law (jur.kand. semesters 1-6.)
  • Literature
  • Musicology
  • Economics
  • Pedagogy
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Government
  • Swedish
  • German


The Nation can keep you a jour with the world and the homeland by providing you with daily newspapers. The library subscribes to all daily newspapers in the homeland and some other major papers.

  • Avesta tidning
  • Bärgslagsbladet
  • Fagerstaposten
  • Falukuriren
  • Sala allehanda
  • VLT


For the benefit and amusement of its students, the library subscribes to a number of magazines, kept available in the reference library.

  • Advokaten
  • Arkitekten
  • Arkitektur
  • Djurskyddet
  • Europaposten
  • Forskning och Framsteg
  • Foto
  • Grönköpings Veckoblad
  • Historisk Tidskrift
  • National Geographic
  • Ordfront
  • Ord & Bild
  • Populär historia
  • Svensk bokhandel
  • Svensk idrott
  • Sveriges Natur
  • Tempus
  • Time
  • Turist

Further, the library has most, if not all, Uppsala Nation-, Union-, and club magazines, and our sister Nations’ magazines.

Opening hours

The library is open 15.00 – 18.00 on Mondays through Thursdays and 10.00 – 13.00 on Fridays.

For further information, please contact the Librarian.