Contact: James Henry Spohrer
Scope of Collection
UC Berkeley's Library has collections of material from and about the Scandinavian countries which are among the strongest in North America or in the world. We chiefly collect for faculty and students in Scandinavian Studies but also provide resources for users in English, Comparative Literature, History, Political Science, Law and a number of other departments.
Our great strength is the middle ages, but we are also strong in the Early Modern, the Enlightenment, and in the 20th century. We collect in all periods of Scandinavian history and concentrate on works of national or broadly regional focus.
Primary Languages and Formats
We collect in all relevant languages, chiefly Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, Faroese, and the Inuit dialects of Greenland (as well as English). Most materials collected are in the national vernaculars.
There is some overlap with Law and Anthropology for early Scandinavian social customs, and some with Environmental Design for Scandinavian design and aesthetics. Bancroft has excellent collections of early Scandinavian imprints which are supplemented from time to time with special collection funds.
For information about research tools, library guides, and related pages, see Scandinavian Studies.