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Encyclopedia > Royal Library of Sweden

The Royal Library, or Kungl. Biblioteket (KB), is the national library of Sweden. As such it collects, describes, preserves and makes available all domestic printed materials in Swedish and other languages, as well as publications with Swedish association published abroad. This obligation was laid down in 1661 in an ordinance from the Swedish Privy Council Chancery. The ordinance (legal deposit) ordered all printers in the Realm of Sweden to send two copies of every publication printed to the Chancery before the material was distributed. One copy was to go to His Majesty's Archives (Riksarkivet), the other to the Royal Library. The motive for this provision stemmed not from a desire to preserve publications for posterity but from a desire to monitor their contents.

Since 1997-[[03-24]], the Royal Library also archives the Swedish part of the World Wide Web as part of a project called kulturarw3 (a play on words; kulturarv is Swedish for cultural heritage). Initially, the contents was not available to the public due to issues of copyrights, but as of 2004 visitors to the library can access the archive from dedicated terminals.

The institution is also a Government Agency charged with the responsibility of coordinating Sweden's research libraries and for the Library Information System, LIBRIS.

See also: Carolina Rediviva

External links

  • Kungliga Biblioteket (http://www.kb.se/) — Official site
  • Kulturarw3 (http://www.kb.se/kw3/Beskrivning.htm) — Description of the Kulturarw3 project

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The History of Kungl. biblioteket, National Library of Sweden (8958 words)
However, in spite of its name, the Royal Library was not the King's private library, although the royal families of the 17th century did not always make clear distinctions between their own property and that of the state.
The library's sole income, 600 Daler in silver coins, a sum which had been set in 1703, was not sufficient to cover more than the purchase of one or two foreign journals and the binding of the Swedish printed materials, after deductions for the cost of stationery, candles and such.
A committee was appointed, and in October 1952 a memorandum was submitted to the Royal Chancery “with a proposal that meant that the task of editing the national bibliography in its all phases would be transferred to the Royal Library...
Swedish Royal Library - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (406 words)
The Royal Library, or Kungliga Biblioteket (KB), is the national library of Sweden.
The present location of the Royal Library is, since 2 January 1878, in Humlegården park in Stockholm.
These plans were consolidated in an agreement made in 1964 between the Lenin Library in Moscow and the Royal Library in which the respective libraries agreed to exchange their countries' literature.
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