Library services with limitations

The National and University Library of Iceland is open with limitations due to the current assembly ban.

  • The library is open:
    • Weekdays 8:15-19:00
    • Saturdays 10:00-17:00
    • Sundays closed

115 guests are allowed in the library building at the same time. Seats are available for the following number of guests on each floor.

  • Fourth floor – 40 seats
  • Third floor – 40 seats
  • Second floor – 15 seats
  • First floor –    20 seats  

Protective masks are required, except when sitting at a desk.

Guests need to announce their arrival to staff members situated at the front desk by the entrance when entering the building.

At this front desk books can be returned. Materials can be ordered by email (utlan (at) and picked up at the front desk by the entrance during opening hours, when a confirmation has been received about the material being ready for pick up.

Guests disinfect tables, keyboards, and copiers they use, before and after use. Disinfectants are provided on each floor.

The sitting area close to the Library café on second floor is open.

Group study rooms and group working area are closed.

Following services are or not available:

  • The Library café – Háma is closed
  • Group study rooms are not available for booking
  • Please note that it´s not possible to leave the building and keep a seat
  • It is only possible to be where seats are available, and we ask guests not to travel between floors

Library staff reserve the right to close or vacate areas as needed. If guests do not comply with the rules above, they may be asked to leave the building.

Remember to wear protective masks and respect the 2 metre rule!

 Please notice the following about the library’s services:

The library web chat service is open from 9:00 – 16:00 Mon - Fri.

The library´s main phone number is 525-5600 and email landsbokasafn (at)

To contact the service desk:

  • Information services
    • Email: upplys(at)
    • Tel.: 525-5685
  • Circulation
    • Email: utlan(at)
    • Tel.: 525-5681


E-resources can be especially useful when searching for sources during this time. All information about access to e-resources (databases, journals and books) subscribed to by the library and/or the University of Iceland can be found at

Some materials are in National access but others only available to students and staff at the University of Iceland. Those are accessible with VPN connection to the network of the University.


To contact Icelandic National Collection, The Manuscript Department and The Women´s History Archives

  • Icelandic National Collection
    • Information services through telephone and email
    • Email: islandssafn (at)
    • Tel.:  525-5633
  • The Manuscript Department
    • Information services through telephone and email
    • Email: handrit (at)
    • Tel.:  525-5678
  • The Women‘s History Archives
    • Information services through telephone and email
    • Email: kvennasogusafn (at)
    • Tel.:  525-5779
  • The Audio-visual Department
    • Information services through telephone and email
    • Email: hljodogmyndsafn (at)
    • Tel.: 525-5754, 525-5753, 525-5774

Last updated April 19, 2021


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