The Nordic Africa Institute


How to start borrowing and how to manage your loans, and what the library card means in terms of access.

Apply for a library card

You need to be 16 years or older.

  1. Read through our loan rules and then move on to fill out the application formexternal link, opens in new window.
  2. Bring your identification document (ID card, driver's licence, passport etc.) and collect your card at the library. You will be required to sign your application form.

The library card

Why you need a card

You need to register with us (= have a library card) in order to:

  • Borrow books and other materials (physical items) from us.
  • Reserve materials currently checked out.
  • Renew loans.

You don't need a card to:

  • Use our search tool AfricaLit Plusexternal link, opens in new window (although you receive more results when logged in).
  • Make use of our free resources available through our web pages.
  • Apply and get remote access to some of our subscribed databases.

The card does not provide access from outside of NAI premises to:

If you already have an Uppsala University Library card

The NAI library has its own library card, but for Uppsala University Library users we offer the possibility instead to register with their card. You however still need to fill out the application form (link above).

Interlibrary loans

Those living outside Uppsala can borrow materials from us through interlibrary loans – via their local library.


Returning your loans

We have a book drop where you can safely return books, even outside of our opening hours. It's found on the wall towards the parking lot, just around the corner on your right when standing in front of our main entrance.

Since we reside within the Uppsala Botanical garden, you also need to observe the garden opening hours. Its gates are open daily:

  • May-September: 7:00-21:00
  • October-April: 7:00-19:00
Red circle showing placement of the library's bookdrop around the corner from the main entrance.

Red circle showing placement of the library's bookdrop around the corner from the main entrance.