Umeå University was inaugurated in 1965, but actually already in 1951 Umeå was granted legal deposit, a copy of most of what is printed in Sweden. Today Umeå University Library is the largest academic research library in the north of Sweden with 1.3 million books. The rare book collection, books printed up till around 1850, consists of more than 50 000 books and other prints.
Digitization has for the past decade been a preferential activity and several successful projects have been launched and Umeå University Library is today one of Sweden’s main library operators in this field. Among the successful projects is the RARA-project which has led to more than 400 digitized books from our rare book and special collections. They are accessible via open access.
Most of the books can be found through the local catalogue Album, however some of the rare books and books acquired prior to 1975 are accessible only via card catalogues.