Carolina Rediviva University Library

Carolina Rediviva University Library

Carolina Rediviva University Library
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Patrik L
Uppsala County, Sweden219 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The main attractions of the library are probably the Silver Bible and Carta Marina, but the exhibit offers a lot more to se. There is no admission to the the exhibition.

The library also caters a café which offers lunch and "fika" as well as vending machines and microwave ovens. There are also lockers available that you can use until the library closes. (Check opening hours at their web site)

The really old collection has to be handled wearing silk gloves and you will probably have to identify yourself as well as pass through a security control just as at the airport and don't forget to leave your bag in a locker...

The library is available to disabled persons and there are free restrooms that can be used (three for disabled).
Written July 29, 2023
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NTXTravelBug60
Dallas, TX153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Important to know: The Exhibition closes at 4pm (at least in October), while the Library closes at 6pm...Our mistake. We arrived at 3:55pm and RAN through the exhibit. (Many thanks to the guys working there for letting us in! We tried to be very respectful of their time.)

Both the Silver Bible and the Carta Marina were very interesting--I took photos and read the information later.

Happy to report the renovation which showed up in other reviews appears to be complete. Only wish I had another hour to spend there.
Written October 17, 2022
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karinmax
Uppsala, Sweden357 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Solo
This university library is a living library, with lots of students during the generous opening hours. But it also host a small museum with the famous Silver bible, it holds some old maps and other old books and - best of all in my opinion - they have plenty of reading rooms. Some quiet ones, which is excellent when you need to focus. And a secret - take the elevator to the top, and at the window there you have an excellent view of Uppsala!
Written September 18, 2014
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Swedishcosmopolitan
Uppsala, Sweden33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I strongly recommend a visit at Carolina for all visitors in my home town. In my opinion this is one of Sweden's most beautiful buildings. If you take the lift up to the 4'th stock (I believe it is no 4, it is part of the library that is open to public visitors) you have one of the best views of Uppsala. Also make sure to devote time for the exhibition of antique books and maps, which also includes some war treasures. If you bring children make sure to have an extra hour for playing in the fantastic play area in the park behind the library.
Written July 1, 2014
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mram101
Madrid, Spain60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
It's has several ancient books and some old comic books. There's some interesting things like and old carta marina but the main thing to see is the silver bible which is fantastic. I'd recommend walking a bit through the library too because the architecture is nice enough. It also has public free bathrooms which are uncommon in Sweden.
Written December 7, 2016
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Dee54321
Brisbane, Australia41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
Most of the building is just a relatively modern university library in an XIX century building - nothing architecturally astounding to sing home about.

BUT to the right of the entrance is a three-room museum (free admission during Uni term) with an astounding collection of ~50 books (seriously - each of them should be on display in an individual cabinet), including the silver bible (VI century), Mozart's hand-written draft of the Magic Flute, and the exercise book of Gustav III - these are the ones I've seen mentioned in other reviews - and what they are not telling you is that there are also

- several medieval books of hours
- a handmade book by Linnaeus that he gave to his professor about sexuality in plants
- a book on astronomy - with notes by Copernicus
- a map of Mexico City - from the age of exploration
- a book on Japanese printmaking - from the XVII century
- a Burmese text written on Banana leaves
- several bibles in Old Ethiopian
- a page from the Gutenberg bible
- several persian texts > 400 years old (beautifully illustrated)
- First edition of Newton's Principles
- XVI century medical textbook
and many, many other treasures.

All of the books are numbered, and there is a guidebook (in English) which provides the information about them - you can pick up a laminated copy to use for free on the table to the right of the entrance to the exhibition.

Overall - an amazing collection of books on display (although it would be nicer if they were each in an individual cabinet so you could pour over them more (as opposed to 0.5 meters away behind a glass panel). Must see if you love books.
Written November 9, 2014
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Ava Marie S
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
Went to see the Silver Bible only to discover they are renovating the reading room which the copy is on display. Disappointing but did get to see a copy of it right at the entrance. Look for it in 2019.
Written September 6, 2018
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Jay P
Pottstown, PA234 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Sorry folks, but with the renovation, the Codex Argenteus (sliver bible), the map Carta marina (the first map of the Nordic countries to give details and place names), a first edition copy of Isaac Newtons Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, the Copernicana (part of the library of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus), and other important items are not on display. Until the restoration is completed, there is no reason to visit. We delayed our departure so that we could tour and were disappointed.
Written July 29, 2018
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Cristina I
Doncaster, UK27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017
I visited before the much needed renovation. The place is huge and very Swedish. Definitely worth a visit. Has a Nice little cafe open to both students and visitors, but limited opening times.
Written November 12, 2017
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Carolina R
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Family
Never seen such a beautiful place to study or just to stay reading your book. So many different places to stay. Full of light. Huge building near the center of the city that deserves to be visited.
Written February 9, 2017
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