Many of the Riksdag Library's books and journals are available in the public part of the library, and may be borrowed or read at the Library. A large part of our collections are kept in the stacks, which means that you must order these publications in advance. Photo: Melker Dahlstrand You can order books and materials that you wish to borrow via the Library search service RBsök. If you are unable to visit the Riksdag Library yourself, please turn to your local library which will help you to obtain the publication. The Riksdag Library's search service Apply for a library card Anyone who has reached the age of 18 and is resident in Sweden may apply for a library card. In order to register as a library user you need to fill in a special form via the link below. Once you have registered, you can order books from the stacks, reserve books that are on loan and book group and study rooms. Register as a library user Bring some form of identification When you come to the Library to collect what you have ordered for the first time you need to bring some form of identification (e.g. national ID card, driver's licence or passport). You will receive a library card. Borrowing regulations Loans Books are issued from and returned to the Riksdag Library. Borrowers are personally responsible for their loans until they are registered as returned. The following items are not available for loan: literature printed before 1900 periodicals collections of laws, treaties or legal cases proceedings and documents from the meetings of international organisations foreign parliamentary documents archive materials fragile or unique material and thin publications in smaller formats. We reserve the right to deny loans of delicate materials, regardless of age. Items that are not available for loan may be reserved for in-house use. However, books and other items from the open library shelves cannot be reserved. Overdue items The Riksdag Library will send a reminder for any books that are not returned on time. Until the books have been returned, you will be barred from further loans. Borrowers failing to return their books after two reminders will be sent an invoice by the Riksdag Library to cover the re-acquisition costs. The matter will then be forwarded to a debt-collecting agency, which will take over the Library's claim. Change of address or telephone number Any change of address or telephone number, or the loss of a library card is to be reported to the Riksdag Library. Secrecy provisions In accordance with Chapter 40, Section 3 of the Secrecy Act (SFS 1980:100, SFS 2009:400) the Library may not disclose any information about loans, orders or reservations. Loan periods The Riksdag Library has a loan period of three months, provided no one else makes a reservation. Renewal of, as yet, unreserved books is granted once for a further three months. For members of the public, the following applies: if you have had a book for 14 days, the loan can be terminated at any time, in which case you have to return the book immediately; if a member or employee of the Riksdag reserves a book that you have borrowed, you must return it immediately. When you have had a book for six months, you must return it or show it at the library in order to renew your loan. Renewals When you are logged on to RBsök you can go to My pages (Mina sidor) in order to manage loans, orders and saved searches. Books that are out on loan and reservations When you reserve a book that is out on loan you will be placed on a waiting list. You will be informed by e-mail when it is available for collection. Returning books Books can be returned during library opening hours. Leave them at the issue desk, or in the book boxes at the library entrance or in front of the issue desk. On weekdays, you can use the book box at the entrance from 8 a.m. when the entrance opens. Address The Riksdag Library, 100 12 Stockholm. When the library is closed during the summer or Christmas and the New Year, it is not possible for you to return books at the entrances to the Riksdag, and you will not receive reminders to return books during these periods. Ordering books A large part of the Riksdag Library's collections are kept in the stacks. This means that you must order the items you need in advance. When you have found what you are looking for in the Riksdag Library's search service (RBsearch) and see that it is available in the stacks (Magasin) you can place an order directly. You can order: books published more than five years ago parliamentary documents for loan Swedish Government Official Reports (SOU) for loan reports from the Ministry Publications Series (Ds) for loan You will be notified by e-mail when your books are ready for collection. Books from the stacks are kept on a shelf at the library's issue desk for one week. Register your e-mail address (in Swedish) Remote stacks Some of the Riksdag Library's materials are kept at the remote stacks. These include: books and journals published before 1966 publications from international organisations published before 1966 parliamentary documents and law reports from other countries UN stencils Folios (large books) published before 2006 Reading areas and group rooms There are various reading areas in the Library. You can use your own computer in all the reading areas. A wireless network is available in the Library. There are two bookable group study rooms for up to four people. These rooms may only be used as study areas, and not for other purposes. Both rooms have Internet access. The rooms can be booked for one hour at a time. Book a group study room Computers A wireless network is available in the library. Please contact the issue desk for log-in details. An internet connection is also available in the group rooms. Visitors can use the Library's computers for: questions about the political decision-making process and the public sector general questions relating to society and democracy library-related matters. A log is kept of all Internet traffic, which can be examined if necessary. Printers Your print-outs from the Library's computers are sent to a printer in the Library. You can also send material to yourself via e-mail or save it on a data storage device. Pay for print-outs and copies In the Library you can purchase a card which is used to pay for print-outs, scanned copies and photocopies. The cards are available for SEK 20, 50 or 100. The cost/page depends on the kind of copy you make. Please note that the Library does not accept cash payment. Copying rules Copying of entire works The Copyright Act (1960:729) regulates your right to copy other people's works. It is prohibited to copy entire works, for example books and course literature. It is only permitted to copy limited parts of a book. The copies you take must be for private use only. Private use means use that cannot be considered to be for commercial purposes in any way. Free photocopying of certain materials Laws, decisions by public authorities, statements by public authorities and official translations of these materials are not covered by copyright laws and may be copied freely. Taking photos of book contents It is permitted to take photos from the Library's collections with one's own camera. This is equated with photocopying for private use. A camera stand is available in the Library. It has two attachments for different kinds of cameras, lighting and can be raised and lowered. Flash photography is not permitted. Photographs must be taken in such a way that it does not disturb other users. When you take a photograph from the Riksdag Library's collections, you bear responsibility for ensuring that there are no infringements of copyright law on account of further dissemination or publication of the image.