Study facilities

The Main Library (Þjóðarbókhlaðan) offers first class working facilities for students. An effort is made to match different needs of students with a variety of working facilities, such as reading facilities with total silence (3rd and 4th floor), group tables in open spaces where discussion is possible (2nd floor) and group rooms which the students can book themselves. To guarantee peace, those that are working in facilities where silence is expected, are requested to turn off their mobile phones.

According to Article 1 of law no. 142/2011 the National and University Library is the library of the University of Iceland. According to a signed contract between the University and the Library, the students of the University hold priority to reading spaces during examination periods. Other students are asked to show consideration.

On the first floor, the Reading Room of the Icelandic National Collection has special rules which can be seen here.

Study tables

Reading facilities are on all floors of the building, about 430 seats at individual tables. On 3rd and 4th floor are also tables where up to four people can sit together. It is not permitted to reserve those, but users can leave the tables up to one hour without losing the reservation, by setting a clock which is located at most tables. During examination periods, the students of the University of Iceland hold priority to signed tables on 3rd and 4th floor.

On 2nd floor there are group tables where discussion is allowed. On that floor there are handbooks and reference works which are only for use in the Library. Reading tables in the Manuscript Department and the Icelandic National Collection are reserved for those that are using those collections.

Study rooms and group rooms

On the 3rd and 4th floor there are 26 study rooms which are intended for scholars, students working on advanced university degrees or others that are working on special assignments and need to use the library material. On 4th floor there are computers with access to word-processing, the Internet, etc. Study room no. 28 on the 4th floor is for the handicapped. Applications for study rooms can be done here (see rules on Allocations and Charges and fees).

The Library has four group rooms, one on the 3rd floor and three on the 4th floor. The rooms take 3-10 people. You can book the group room here.

Printing, photocopying and scanning

General users can print from the Library‘s computers on a printer located at the service desk of 2nd floor. Students of the University of Iceland receive a user-name and a password from the University´s Student Register located in the Main building of the University and can use the printers of the University located on 3rd and 4th floor. Purchasing a printing quota.

Copying machines are located on 2nd and 3rd floor of the Library. These are automatic copying machines and cards for those are sold on the 2nd floor. (charges and fees). On 1st floor, the staff of the Icelandic National Collection makes copies for the users who pay for each page. Find out about the rules that are related to copying from works of others, according to a contract with Fjölíss and the Ministry of Education.

Computers and the Internet

On 1st floor, Reading Room of Icelandic National Collection:
Access to the Internet and programmes of Office 2013.

On 2nd floor:
Opposite to the service desk: Access to the Internet (30 minutes). Password from the service desk.

On 3rd floor:
In reading areas: For students and staff of the University of Iceland with access and passwords to the University Network. The computers are under the supervision of the Information Technology Section of the University.
In front of the service desk: Access to the digital journal repositories of the Library, to and the article collection of the Morgunblaðið.

On 4th floor:
: In reading area:For students and staff of the University of Iceland. Next to the Audio-visual collection: Computers for general users with access to programmes of Office 2013 (without access to the Internet). The use of USB memory sticks is possible.

Furthermore, there are search computer for on all floors. In the National Library there is a wireless connection (LBS_HBS/HotSpot) which everybody can link to, with own computer or smart-phones.


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