The Library

Watch films through the Library

The Swedish Film Institute Library offers various options for watching film. You can stream online from home, borrow DVDs, or watch at the Library itself.

Streaming film 

The Cineasterna service is available to all Library members, enabling you to stream film online for free from any location. Choose Filminstitutets bibliotek from the list of libraries, search for a film, and log in using your social security number and password. At the moment, you can watch 1 film per week.

It is free to loan streamed films, but since the Library pays per loan there is a limit on the total number of loans per month. Once our monthly budget limit is reached, no further films may be streamed that month. If this happens, please bear in mind there are other ways of watching film via the Library. We have a large collection of DVDs to borrow, and we also have a mini cinema where you can choose from a wide range of digitised Swedish films.

To watch film via Cineasterna you will need:

  • A valid library card. To join, you must come to the Library and show photo ID. You can register in advance.
  • Your password. If you have forgotten your password, get a new one in Primo, choose Sign in and Forgot password. 


Help and FAQ


The Library has a wide range of DVDs to borrow and take home. These can also be loaned remotely in Sweden. We also have a collection of DVDs for which we do not have lending rights. These can be ordered in advance and watched at the Library itself. These include most Swedish films from recent years – features, shorts and documentaries. When ordering these, please contact to reserve a time slot at the Mini Cinema. 

You may check out 10 DVDs at a time. The loan period is two weeks, and you may renew each title for two months as long as no one else has reserved it. If the film you’re looking for is already on loan, you can reserve it free of charge.

Watch films in our Mini Cinema

The Library features a Mini Cinema where you can watch the Swedish films that have been digitised by the Swedish Film Institute. You can also watch DVDs that may not be taken away here. The Mini Cinema has a large screen, good sound and five comfortable armchairs, and can be booked with the loans desk at