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Marine Research Institute. Fisheries Library


Skulagata 4,
P.O. Box 1390,
121 Reykjavik,

Telephone: +354-5520240
Fax: +354-5623790

The library reflects the subject interests of the Institute (marine sciences) and its area of concern (Icelandic seas). There is no separate northern collection.

DESCRIPTION OF POLAR COLLECTION: Fisheries biology, chemical and physical oceanography, marine geology. Geographic areas are the waters around Iceland. Languages are mainly English, German and Scandinavian languages including Icelandic.

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National and University Library of Iceland [Landsbokasafn Islands]

[Landsbokasafn Islands]

Arngrìmsgata 3,
IS-107 Reykjavìk

Telephone: (354) 525 5600
Fax: (354) 525 5615
Year of foundation: 1818

COLLECTIONS: Amalgamated in 1994 with the Library of the University of Iceland. Compiles the national bibliography of Iceland.

ON-LINE CATALOGUES: Gegnir is a library system that hosts a union catalogue of about 120 Icelandic libraries on the Internet. It gives information about books, serials, Icelandic journal articles and other holdings of these libraries. is a digital library where the material comprises the printed heritage that is preserved in the newspapers and periodicals of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland. The Icelandic part covers newspapers and periodicals printed mostly before 1920. Antique maps of Iceland (older than 1900) are a special collection of the National and University Library of Iceland. The maps have been converted to a digital format and are accessible here. A short historical description in Icelandic and English is available for every map. Sagnanet, the Icelandic medieval literature, consists of the entire range of Icelandic family sagas. It will also include a very large portion of Germanic/Nordic mythology (the Eddas), the history of Norwegian kings, contemporary sagas and tales from the European age of chivalry. A great number of manuscripts contain Icelandic ballads, poetry or epigrams.

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National Archives of Iceland [Thjodskjalasafn Islands]

[Thjodskjalasafn Islands]

Laugavegur 162,

Telephone: +354-562-3393
Fax: +354-552-5720
Year of foundation: 1882

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