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Library and reading room

In September the library will be open by appointment. Please send a request to bokasafn [at]


The institute operates a comprehensive research library. The library has access to Gegnir and its collections can be searched via the portal at

  • Materials are loaned out only for use on site.
  • To reach the librarians and information scientists you may email bokasafn [at]
  • The library’s opening hours are as follows
    • Mon-Thu: 10-12 and 13-15
    • Fri: 10-12
    • By appointment

The library’s collections focus on Icelandic studies, European medieval studies, ethnology, name studies, regional histories, language use, terminology science and lexicography. The library’s holdings comprise around 60,000 books and a number of journals as well as an offprint collection. The majority of the library's holdings is accessible on the 1st floor of Edda (the main collection). Other collections are housed on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Edda, in addition to annexed collections. Materials cataloged in the main collection are accessible to patrons during the library’s opening hours. Journals and other materials in other collections must be ordered a day in advance through the email address bokasafn [at] Orders received before 15:00 will be ready after 13:00 the following day. The library is staffed by librarians and information scientists Guðný Ragnarsdóttir (gudny.ragnarsdottir [at] and Kristín Konráðsdóttir (kristin.konradsdottir [at]

The library is closed until September 4th 2023 due to the Institute's move to a new location. 

In September, the library is open by appointment