The Nobel Library, or The Swedish Academy Nobel Library which is the official title, opened November 16:th 1901 with the task to provide the Swedish Academy with the necessary literature to enable them to select a Nobel Price laureate for litterature. The Museum has been in the present facilities since 1921 anbd it is open to the public, specially for those who seeks quality litterature.
In 2008 the Library had in its possesion 230.000 literary works and it increase with approx. 2.000 per year. Most of them is available to for the public to borrow home or to study at the Library. The Palmsted room in the basement is a perfect place to study one of the books in the collections. If you are interested in new published books a visit to the Reading room is to recommend since every thursday,in the afternoon, all new books for the week are displayed there. Within its field of speciality this is the largest library in Scandinavia
Entrance to the Nobel Library:
GSP(WGS84): Lat N 59° 19′ 31″ Lon E 18° 4′ 16″
The Nobel Prize in literature is presented by a foundation created by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1896. In the will Alfred Nobel gives the Swedish Academy the opportunity to select the laurate in literature, the first time was in 1901 and the laureate was Sully Prudhomme from France.
It is the Nobel Commity within the Swedish Academy who makes the decision to whom the Nobel Prize in litterature should be presented, the nomination can however be made by::
- The members of the Swedish Academy
- Memebers of similary academies in other countries
- Professorsin litterture or languages at the Universities
- Previous Nobel Prize litterature laureates
- The Chairman of the author organization the represent a country
The nominations has to be submitted by latest January 31:st to the Nobel Commity. An averge year there are approx. 350 nominations.
In april the Nobel Commity has reduced the nominations to 15-20 and during the summer it is further reduced to only 5. In october the final candidate is selected and for this person to get the Nobel Prize a majority of the members of the Swedish Academy has agree.
The Main Hall at the Nobel Library
The Nobel Library - Palmstedt Room
The Nobel Library - The Reading Room