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Subject guides: Scandinavian studies

Scandinavian section

Printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information about:

Printed collections

The principal collection for Scandinavian is in the Main Library (in the Wilkins building). See separate pages for maps and opening hours.

Book collections

The collection is separated into sections called Scandinavian, Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish, with smaller sections of Faroese and Finnish. Each contains material on history (shelfmark A), language (B), general literature (C) and literature arranged chronologically (E onwards). UCL Library has its own classification scheme for arranging books on the shelves; a typical classmark for an open-access book will consist of the name of a subject (indicating a section of the library) followed by letters and numbers denoting its classified position on the shelves in that section; e.g.

DANISH B 5 ALL for a grammar of the Danish language

NORWEGIAN N 320 for a work by Ibsen

NORWEGIAN N 320 FER for a work about Ibsen

SWEDISH C 19 FOR for a work on Swedish women writers.

Some of the other main sections you are likely to need are:

ART (Main Library, South, 1st floor); includes Film Studies.

HISTORY (Main Library, South, 2nd floor); material not specific to Scandinavian.

LITERATURE (Main Library, North Corridor): books on literary topics not specific to any one language, literary theory, translation theory etc.

PHONETICS & LINGUISTICS (Main Library, South, 1st floor): books and periodicals supporting the theory and practice of language study.

SSEES (the School of Slavonic and East European Studies) has a strong collection of Finnish history.

Older or lesser-used material marked on the Explore (UCL library catalogue) with word STORE should be requested online via the Explore or by using the Store Request form. Click here for more information about Stores.

Click here for instructions on how to find a book.

Periodicals (also called journals)

SCANDINAVIAN PERIODICALS are shelved in the Scandinavian Reading Room at the North End of the building. Older volumes are in the gallery, while recently published issues of periodicals are displayed in racks in the main part of the room.

The HUMANITIES PERIODICALS, a collection of mainly interdisciplinary periodicals in Arts and Humanities subjects, are shelved in the Main Library, 2nd Floor.

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Electronic collections

Material held in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL: you will usually need your user id/password for computing services in order to gain access to them.


Material in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL via Metalib, where you can find online databases for Scandinavian Studies grouped together. If you are off campus, you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password.

For for more help in how to use online resources visit the Electronic Resources or Databases library pages.

Electronic journals

A range of electronic versions of journal titles is available. Start from the list of e-journals on the Library's web pages. Here you will find details of access arrangements for each title.

Of interest in language and literature is the range of titles available in JSTOR - a project to store long back runs of selected journals in electronic form, e.g. Modern Language Journal 1916-2000.

Exam papers

Copies of examination papers for undergraduate courses (from 2002 onwards) are available on the web.
Printed copies of the Scandinavian papers are held in the Main Library, Photocopying Room. Older ones can be requested from Store.


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Other libraries

UCL Library holds the University’s specialist collection in Scandinavian languages and literature. Senate House Library (Senate House, Malet Street) has a strong collection in the Arts and Social and Historical Sciences, and is especially strong in periodicals holdings. Any registered member of UCL can join the library and borrow from there.

More information about the use of other libraries is available here.

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Contact details

If you have any problems in using the Library, come to the Enquiry Desk, or ask for the subject librarian for Scandinavian:

Giulia Garoli
E-mail g.garoli@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: internal: 32595; external: 020 7679 2595

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