Fact databases

The libraries subscribes to several paid services on the Internet. Visitors at the library can use these free of charge. Several of these on-line services can be accessed from the comfort of your home.

You can search these databases from the library’s computers or network. You can also search some of the databases from your home, totally free of charge.

Read daily newspapers and articles in periodicals


Why not take the opportunity to read a newspaper from the United States, Kenya or Georgia? PressReader lets you choose any of 7,000 titles in 60 different languages. The newspapers show their very latest issues, and you can read them directly on your screen. You can also read the newspapers on your mobile phone or tablet.

You can download e-newspapers and e-periodical to your own mobile phone or tablet. Come to the Östersund Library and connect to our wireless network. PressReader’s free app will then let you get the newspapers you want. After this, you can read them wherever you want.

Search using PressReader

Retriever media archive

This database lets you search for articles from Swedish newspapers, and also contains telegrams from Dagens eko and the TT news service. The archive is updated every day. Svenska Dagbladet, Vi Bilägare, VVS Forum and Vår bostad are just a few of the many sources included.

Search using the Retriever media archive

Search for information in reference works

Nationalencyklopedin (NE)

NE is an encyclopaedia where you will find facts on just about anything, whether major or minor. You can look up when Stefan Löfven was born, learn about the Renaissance or read about the runestone on Frösön. For children, there is NE junior with a little simpler language. As a bonus, NE also offers you help in doing crosswords and very enjoyable knowledge games.

Search using NE

Country guide (Landguiden)

Would you like to know how many people actually live in China? Landguiden has information on just about everything relating to the countries of the world. You can look at maps, read about culture in Argentina or the Russian economy, or just make your own charts and tables.

Search using Landguiden

Genealogical research

Arkiv digital

This database lets you check out your family’s history through births, confirmations, deaths and clerical survey records. The database contains 86 million photographs of the old church record books, which you can then read right on the screen. This is a great resource for those what are curious about how their great-great-grandfather lived.

Search using Arkiv digital


There are several different databases that can help you with genealogical research. You can find information from censuses and look at photographs from the military portrait collection. You can also search for farms, old letters and estate inventories.

Search using SVAR

Find grants, scholarships and funds

Global Grant

Sweden, alone, has more than 10,000 funds and foundations that annually wait for someone to whom they can give some money. Global Grant lets you search for both Swedish and international donors and gives you suggestions about how to write a good application or proposal. You can search, for example, for funds that give you financial aid for dental work, or foundations that benefit those engaging in sport. Good luck!

You can search this database for grants, scholarship and funds from any computer with Internet access. Just log in with your library card number.

Search using Global Grant

Search for authors

Alex författarlexikon (dictionary of authors)

The Alex database contains Nobel Prize winners of the past as well as today’s best-selling mystery authors. You’ll find information here about writers of fiction from all over the world. You can search for authors from a given country or a given genre. Or why not find out who won the 1923 Nobel Prize in Literature?

Search using Alex