CAN Library

About CAN Library

CAN Library is a special library for literature on alcohol and other drugs. The comprehensive collection focus primarily on alcohol and narcotics but also include literature on tobacco, doping and gambling. The collection is mainly in Swedish but a quite substantial part is in other Nordic languages and English. The library is open daily to the public and you are welcome to visit us when in Stockholm. Use our reading and study seats and access to wireless network. If you are located elsewhere in Sweden your local library can help you request material from CAN’s library.

For information on opening hours go to Öppettider.  

Search the library catalogue Alcona for books, reports, dissertations etc, published from around 1980.

The library’s older material is only searchable in the card catalogue on site at the library.

Journals, including Open Access titles, and some other e-resources can be found in the Journal’s list.

Borrow, renew and return

Borrow
Everyone is welcome to use the library. To open a library account, you will need to show valid identification (eg identity card or passport). We don’t issue any Library cards. By signing up as a borrower you agree to abide by the lending policy; all loans must be registered, loan period is 28 days, journals, reference books or older items are not available for loan, fees are charged for damaged, lost and /or unreturned materials. Currently the complete lending policy is available in Swedish only but the staff will help with more information as needed.  

If you are located elsewhere in Sweden your local library can help you request material from CAN’s library, inter-library loan.

Renew
You can renew your loans up to three times as long as they have not been requested by other library users.

Return
Please note you can only return borrowed material during the library’s opening hours or by post to CAN:s bibliotek, Box 70412, 107 25 Stockholm.

Copying
Cost is 2 kr/page. When copying please make sure you comply with Swedish copyright law. If you order an article, document delivery, the cost is 100 kr/article.

Databases and other resources
An annotated (in Swedish) list of useful databases, statistics and some legal resources in the ATOD field and other relevant areas. A few of the resources are licensed, marked Endast tillgänglig i CAN:s lokaler, which means you have to visit CAN to use them. Most of the resources however can be accessed and searched from your own desktop.

History and collections
CAN’s library was founded in 1906. It started as an exhibition of temperance educational literature but already in 1909 a committee within CFN (now CAN) suggested the exhibition to be expanded and become a central library on temperance. The library collection grew through purchase and large donations from temperance organizations and private donors. Since 1977 the library is a public research library for literature on alcohol and narcotics/drugs. The library collections are registered in the national library catalogue Libris since 1980. During the 1980’s the library started to perform online database searches and changed from the card catalogue to a computerized library catalogue. In the 1980s and 1990s the library also published selected bibliographies; Drug abuse : current research on alcohol and drug dependence, Alcohol, drugs and traffic safety  : current research literature, Nyförvärvad litteratur (New literature) and Alkohol och narkotika : svensk litteratur – en årsbibliografi (Alcohol and narcotics : Swedish literature)

The collection is mainly in Swedish with a selection of literature in the Nordic languages and English. The library holds special collections covering Nordic temperance movement, posters and press clippings from Swedish newspapers from the last turn of the century until 2004.

We subscribe to a number of journals and also have a collection of older temperance journals.

CAN Library is part of the Swedish library community and network and a member of the international organization SALIS - Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists.  

Accessibility
The library is located on the third floor. Elevator is available in the building. For car parking consult Stockholm Parkering. Accessible toilet facilities are available. Please contact the library before your visit for advice on best options.   

Contact information
Email biblioteket@can.se
Telephone/SMS/Text 072-371 43 15