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Basic information

Founded in 1902, we have since then been located close to Norra Bantorget, where several labour movement organisations have their head offices. As of September 1st 2012, we are though situated in Flemingsberg, part of Huddinge municipality. We are an independent foundation with the Trade Union Confederation, the Social Democratic Party and the Swedish Government as co-trustees. We are a member of the IALHI. See below for our current address and further contact information.

Our mission is to collect, manage and record, and to facilitate the researching and studying public’s access to the material stored at the institution (freely translated from the first article of our constitution). Accordingly, we are open for everyone free of charge.

In addition to this, we also have a mission to promote research on labour history.

Contact us

Questions on collections and services

  • E-mail: forskarexpedition [at] arbark.se
  • Telephone: 0046 (0)8 412 39 29
  • During our hours of service

General questions

  • E-mail: info [at] arbark.se
  • Telephone: 0046 (0)8 412 39 00

Postal Address

  • Labour Movement Archives and Library
    Elektronvägen 2
    141 49 Huddinge

Visit us

  • Visiting address: Elektronvägen 2, 141 49 Huddinge

Instructions for visitors traveling from Stockholm to Flemingsberg

  • Commuter train 36 from Stockholm Central with the final destination Östertälje/Tumba/Södertälje hamn.

Instructions for visitors traveling to Stockholm from Flemingsberg

  • Commuter train 36 from Flemingsberg with the final destination Stockholm Central.

Directions from the commuter train station Flemingsberg

  • Choose the north exit at Flemingsberg’s platform
  • Go through the passageway right of the escalator (do NOT walk up the escalator)
  • Continue down the two stairs
  • Go through the parking lot, follow the walkway
  • Continue straight ahead, on the walkway, alongside the road on your right (Björnkullevägen)
  • Continue ahead, pass the intersection to your right (Björnkullevägen /Regulatorsvägen)
  • Walk alongside a industrial building to your left, for approximately 300 meters
  • Turn first left, onto Elektronvägen

See the direction to our facilities as a printable pdf

Hours of service

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: 10 - 17
  • Wednesday: 10 - 17
  • Thursday: 10 - 17
  • Friday: 10 - 15
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed

    Please note:

  • Closed : 23 of December - 9th of January

Being here doing research

Note: some links below lead to information in Swedish only.

Ground rules

You need to visit us for full access to our collections and search aids. Only a small portion is available online.

Our staff is here to assist you searching and requesting materials. We can however not conduct any advanced or deep investigations for your part.

We are both an archives and a library

…which is a good thing for you, enabling the study of both original and printed material, and even more. We strive to make a simple, uniform research environment for our researchers.

Our two departments do however have their own distinct characters, with slightly different methods, terminologies and completely different catalogues for searching the two main collections. Rules may also vary for requests and loans.

Plan ahead

You should plan your visit and your research carefully since studying original materials often is very time-consuming, and generally allowed only in our reading room. Basically this means: read, study what’s already been written (or not) in the subject, formulate questions to the materials and to us for making it easier to assist you.

Retrieval times are another reason to plan ahead, see below.

Nearly all materials are stored in closed stacks

You can not browse the shelves. Instead you need to search and lookup the materials and make a request: manually for some materials, through the computer for other.

Exceptions are microfilms, new books, the reference library and this years subscribed journals and magazines. They are all directly accessible in the reading room and public areas.

Scattered stacks means varying times for retrieval

Materials are stored in both in-house stacks and outside the city, meaning some materials can be retrieved within an hour while other materials may be accessible after a couple of weeks.

Shelf locations are found in our archival and library catalogues, but sometimes it’s just better to ask our staff for help. A very simple overview:

  • R = Runö. 1 retrievals every other week.
  • G = Grängesberg. 1 retrieval every other week.

You may need permission for access to archival materials

In some cases access to archival materials are restricted, mainly based on decisions made by the office of origin. You may need to apply for access, granted by, for example, the organisation or surviving relatives. As of 2008-09-29 some 193 archives of a total of more than 5000 were comprised by some kind of restriction.

Examples of restrictions and requirements for access:

  • In some cases only a certain series or volume is inaccessible.
  • Your research may be required to qualify as scholarly or at least “serious”.
  • There may be a “20-year rule”, for example, meaning that you only have access to materials older than 20 years.

We’d like to have the results of your research

Did your research result in an article, a book, dissertation, paper or something else? Please consider giving us a copy of your work, and it will make a good contribution to our collections. Your effort may help others as well.

Leave a copy to the staff or send it to us. If it was published digitally you can just send us the URL. Thank you!

Senast uppdaterad: 20 december 2016
Innehållsansvar: Jenny Edlund, e-post enligt: fornamn.efternamn@arbark.se