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Borrow items from the Library itself or request them from another library.

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Anyone aged 16 years or above with an address in Sweden is welcome to register as a user. To activate your account you must come to the library with valid identification. If you are unable to come to the Library, you can request loans remotely via your local library.

The Library’s archive materials are accessible for research purposes. In certain cases, permission must be obtained from the depositor/donor, i.e. the party that owns or has owned the material.

Library card

To borrow items from the Swedish Film Institute Library, you will need a library card. The card is used to borrow items, order them from the warehouse, reserve books or films that are on loan, and to renew loans. Please register as a library user and collect your library card at the loans desk. Please remember to bring photo ID.

Course Literature

We work with the Stockholm University Library and the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University. Course literature may only be borrowed by registered students at Stockholm University. 

Please observe that all course literature loans are handled by automatic renewal. If an item is requested by another patron, you will recieve an email. In this case the loan is not renewed. As a patron, it is your own responsibility to be informed about when the loan is due back. By logging in to our catalogue Primo, you may check current loan status and due dates.

Remote loans

We are happy to loan books and DVDs remotely, although only within Sweden. There are some exceptions, however: we do not have lending rights for certain films, so these must be watched at the Library itself.

Once you know what you wish to borrow, go to your local library and ask them to borrow it for you. They will then order the book or film from us. You then borrow the item from them and return it to them. Please note that some libraries do not offer a remote loans service, while others do not offer it within the same city. Please contact your local library to check available services.