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A Weekly Tradition – Visiting Stockholm Public Library

Stockholm Public Library – Stadsbiblioteket

Covid is an interesting time and it’s been a long time since we hang out with friends. The cold and darkness make it feel more isolated. Zoom and digital spaces have been the busy corners where we connect with our classmates. But once the laptop closed and the clock ticked 4 pm, there seemed little to do apart from the university assignments and studies.

In the middle of isolation, I found a place right in the middle of Stockholm dressed in the form of Hogwarts School in every literal sense – Stadsbiblioteket, a place that is keeping me company for the past few months.

Stadsbiblioteket (Stockholm Public Library) is the main library of the Stockholm library public system. The library was designed by the famous Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund in 1922 in Nordic Classicism Style. Standing in the center of the library and watching the 360° tower of books is a sight that makes one fall in love with a library.

The library has more than 50,000 books in more than 100 languages that would welcome you with wide arms as you pass through the entrance. I have loaned more than 10 books with a visit to the library every week. Every time I go to the library, I am excited about the new book that I about to lend, but a heavy heart looms over while I return a book that grown closer as a friend.

The 360° Tower of Books

The library is free for everyone and anyone registered can loan a book. There are great places to sit and study in the library. I reserve the book on the library website so that I can pick them up as soon as it is available.

The library is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7pm and on weekends from 12- 4pm (As of 13th December,2020). Do visit to enjoy the ambience of a Hogwarts library.

Hej, I am from India currently pursuing Integrated Product Design at KTH. Moving to Stockholm has given me an opportunity to explore the new city like a local yet maintain the awe of a traveler. The vibrant KTH campus and its activities are itself a treat to a creative and aspiring mind. Join me on this journey of stories as we meet amazing people, exploring the innovation and sustainability pursuits happening throughout the KTH campus and the historical treasures of the city and the ways of employing jugaad to survive on a budget in one of the most expensive cities.