Highlight of the month

Each month the conservation department highlights one of the many treasures found in the library.

6/4
2018

The National Library of Iceland was founded in 1818. The first registration of its collection was printed at the expense of the...

4/3
2018

Jón Leifs (1899-1968) was 17 year old when he traveled to Leipzig, Germany to become a composer and conductor. In the 1920s and...

2/2
2018

The 50-year anniversary of the Icelandic republic in 1994 was in a certain way a watershed for the publishers Bad Taste. Bragi...

1/12
2017

Þuríður Pálsdóttir was born in Reykjavík in 1927, daughter of Kristín Norðmann piano teacher and Páll Ísólfsson composer and...

31/10
2017

Martin Luther – CATECHISMVS Edur. Ehristelegur[!] Lærdomur, Fyrer einfallda Presta og Predikara, Hwsbændur og Vngmenne. On 31...

2/10
2017

The autobiography Dægradvöl (e. Pastime) was written by Benedikt Gröndal, at an old age, at the end of the 19th century. In the...

4/9
2017

200 years have passed since the first mention of establishing a public library in Iceland. A letter from Friedrich Schlichtegroll,...

31/7
2017

Selma Jónsdóttir (22 August 1917 – 5 July 1987) was the first Icelander to finish a degree in Art History and the first woman to...

3/7
2017

Hólmfríður Sigurðardóttir was a dean´s wife in Vatnsfjörður in Ísafjarðardjúp. She was born January 9, 1617, at Hróarsholt in Flói...

2/6
2017

The Women’s House Hallveigarstaðir opened its doors half a century ago, on 19 June 1967. The idea of the house came up half a...

2/5
2017

Sigurður Ólafsson was born in Reykjavík on 4 December  1916 and died 13 July 1993. He was for a long time one of the nation´s...

4/4
2017

The singer Hallbjörg Bjarnadóttir (1915–1997) was born at Hjallabúð in Fróðárhreppur parish on the peninsula Snæfellsnes. Her...

1/3
2017

Árni Thorlacius (1802-1891) was one of the founders of a reading club in Stykkishólmur in 1841, which in 1847 became the Municipal...

3/2
2017

The Icelandic Chinese Cultural Society,  KIM, was founded in Reykjavík 20 October 1953. The society promotes relations between...

2/1
2017

This drawing showing a “wheel of fortune” comes from a manuscript from the middle of the 19th century. It portrays a well-dressed...

1/12
2016

Among Icelandic musicians Elsa Sigfúss (1908-1979) is probably the one who published most albums.  Around 120 albums with her...

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