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Library and collections

Welcome to the library and collections at ArkDes! Browse Sweden’s greatest architecture collection and borrow books on architecture and design.

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Louise Helmfrid

Louise Helmfrid

Borrow books

The library

You can search for the books offered by ArkDes via Libris, a national search service with information on titles from Swedish university, college and research libraries and some twenty public libraries.

Search in Libris 
Borrowing rules


+46 8-527 546 48

Louise Helmfrid

Louise Helmfrid

Search and order from the collections


The collection is available to all. Parts of the ArkDes collection are available online and can be searched for digitally. You can start out by searching in our databases:

Digitalt Museum
Drawings, sketches, photographs, letters, archive documents, models, separate articles and books and publications from our collections.

A register of architects who are or have been active in Sweden.

A European database with books, photographs, films and sculptures from several European galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

Architects in ArkDes Collections
An alphabetical register of architects and other authors represented in ArkDes’ Collections in the forms of drawings, photographs, written documents, and models.

Order material from the collections

You can also order and explore the original material from the collections in our study room.

  • Make your order in the form.
  • It is permitted to take photographs of drawings as a souvenir (without flash).
  • If you want to order a digital copy of a drawing or a photograph, the cost is SEK 375 per copy and will normally take two to four weeks.

Opening hours

Welcome to book a table in our study room:

  • Find the correct identity number (Identifikationsnummer) via Digitalt museum

Opening hours for library and collections

The library is closed 11 November

Monday and Saturday: closed
Tuesday–Thursday: 10 – 17
Friday: 10 – 17
Sunday: 12 – 16

+46 8-527 546 48

Collections study room

Opening hours: Thursdays, every other week at 13-16 (odd weeks)

Use the form to book an appointment during the dates above 


Foto: Mats Arvidsson


Architecture and city planning involve much more than design, material form and visual qualities. Researchers at ArkDes explore the interaction between history, the constructed environment and how people make use of this in daily life.

The research carried out at ArkDes is based on the collections and has a contemporary perspective. Researchers at ArkDes have a unique opportunity to communicate with general public who are interested in the field and to contribute to exhibitions, educational programmes and public debate in the form of new perspectives and situation analyses.

At ArkDes, researcher have the opportunity to elevate comprehensive and social issues to a new level – space, places and exhibitions allow for relevant questions, more in-depth knowledge and spatial experimentation for research.