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

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.


Please contact the library at to make sure staff is available. You can also return borrowed material by post to CAN:s bibliotek, Box 70412, 107 25 Stockholm.

Personal data used by the library
The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will enter into effect throughout the EU from 25 May 2018. The GDPR replaces the Swedish Personal Data Act and strengthens your rights regarding how we obtain and use your personal information. To comply with the law, CAN have updated our personal data policy. This describes how we use your personal information and as well as your rights in this regard. We have also updated our lending rules (Swedish only). More information in CAN's Policy för personuppgiftshantering (Swedish only). 

We need to process your personal data in order for you to be able to borrow books and other material from us. If you do not want us to store your personal information you can ask us to delete it from our register. You do this by visiting us at the library. This means that certain services will no longer be available to you, such as borrowing from us.  However, you will still be able to read books and journals at the library. 

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.  

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