Asplund’s masterpiece: Stockholm City Library

The park adjacent to the library, also designed by Asplund. Photo: Lennart af Petersens, year 1940–1949.
Sculptural door handles by Swedish artist Nils Sjögren. Photo: Herbert Lindgren, 1960.
Photo: Ingrid Johansson, 2003.
The lending hall. Photo: Ingrid Johansson, 2003.
Photo: Ingrid Johansson, 2003.
Information desk. Photo: Ingrid Johansson, 2003.
Entrance towards west. Photo: Ingrid Johansson, 2003.
Entrance towards west. Photo: Ingrid Johansson, 2003.
Entrance towards west. Photo: Ingrid Johansson, 2003.
  • Öppettid

    Every Friday at 2—3.30pm,

    July 5—September 13

  • Pris

    SEK 120

  • Plats

    Sveavägen, central Stockholm

    Meeting place is printed on ticket.

Discover one of Stockholm’s architectural gems from the 1920s.

The City Library at Sveavägen in central Stockholm opened in 1928 and quickly became an architectural icon.

Asplund was in the midst of planning the building just as a new architectural style, the Modernism was rising; here we can see traces in the transition from the earlier styles national Romanticism and Neoclassicism.

Asplund also paid great attention to the interior and designed furniture, lamps and even the reception area. He also worked closely together with several prominent artists to create the atmosphere that still prevails in the building.

During this tour you will discover details in and around the building and get an understanding for how they interact throughout the large scale of the building and the reason it has remained a masterpiece for nearly 100 years.

Tour guides: Eva Larsson, Architectural curator; Petra Adolfsson, Ethnologist/Art historian

Accessibility

This tour is wheelchairs and strollers friendly.

I cooperation with the Stockholm City Library

Don’t miss Asplund’s other Stockholm icon: the Woodland Cemetery

Explore this World Heritage on your own, with a free Audio guide or join a guided tour in English every Sunday, June—September. Experience a World Heritage