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Library and reading room

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies administers a research library. 

  • The library is open from Monday to Thursday from 9−16 and on Fridays from 9−12.
  • The books and journals are on loan in the reading rooms

The main library in Árnagarður has extensive holdings in Icelandic studies, medieval European studies, and folklore. The Folklore Department also maintains an extensive collection of sound recordings and the library also holds photographic and digital reproductions of manuscripts.

At Laugavegur 13 The Name Studies Department holds Icelandic and foreign books and journals on name studies, as well as other works on the history of Icelandic districts and geographical descriptions of Iceland. It also holds an excellent map collection, containing mainly maps of Iceland, but also maps of Denmark, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland, the Shetland Islands, and Norway. The linguistic departments at Laugavegur 13 holds a good collection on language and linguistics.

The entire library holds approximately 45.000 books, as well as 156 journal titles and a large number of offprints. The Þorsteinn M. Jónsson and Birgit Baldwin Funds provide financial support for the Institute’s annual acquisition of new titles. The library is a member of the Icelandic Library Consortium and shares its union catalog system, Gegnir.

The library is intended for use by the Institute’s scholars and others who pursue research activities or have an interest in this field of studies. You are welcome to contact the librarian Guðný Ragnarsdóttir for reference and information.