Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city with 600 000 inhabitants. It is situated at the west coast of Sweden and has a reputation for being clean, safe and green, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. In 2010 Gothenburg was host to the 2010 World Library and Information Congress.
Libraries of Gothenburg
The library network of Gothenburg consists of the centrally located Gothenburg City Library and 24 branch libraries for the different city districts, as well as two mobile libraries.
The Gothenburg University Library (Swedish: Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek) consists of ten separate libraries, including Learning Resource Centres. The Gothenburg University Library is one of the most frequented research libraries in Sweden, with 1.6 million visits per year.
Chalmers Library is a university research library specializing in science and technology.
Medical and hospital libraries
The Sahlgrenska University Hospital have medical libraries at Mölndal hospital, Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Östra hospital. The libraries provide service to the hospital staff. There is also BUS, a children’s library at Queen Silvias Hospital (part of Östra hospital).
The international airport Landvetter (GOT) is located 20 kilometres south-east of the city centre and you can travel from various destinations in Europa and the world. Please note that the smaller Göteborg City Airport (GSE) is no longer in use for commercial flights and will be phased out as from the winter 2015. Buses operate from Landvetter Airport to the Central Station, (Nils Ericson Terminal), in Gothenburg four times per hour. If you plan to take a taxi, make sure you get a authentic taxi Göteborg (look for the logo – a man with a cap – on the door) in order not to get ripped off. The fixed price is around 415 SEK to get from Landvetter into the city centre.
By bus and train
The bus station, Nils Ericson Terminalen, is next to the train station. Swebus Express operates frequent buses to most major towns and cities as well as Oslo (NO). For 100 SEK you bring your bike on board. There is also Nettbus (for Oslo and Copenhagen) but they don’t allow bikes on board. The journey time is around 3,5 hours from Oslo, 6,5 hours from Stockholm, 3,5 hours from Malmö and 5 hours from Copenhagen.
SJ, Västtrafik, Öresundståge, Tågab, NSB and Blå tåget are running frequent services to and from the central station in Gothenburg, connecting the city with the Scandinavian capitals Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. No bikes (except folding bikes) allowed on SJ. Bikes are allowed (buy an additional childrens ticket) on Öresundståget that connects to Copenhagen (DK) as well as Karlshamn (ferries to Klaipeida).
Stena Lines ferries run to/from Kiel (DE) and Fredrikshavn (DK).
STF Vandrarhem Stigbergsliden – close to the ferry
STF Göteborg City Vandrarhem – brand new and in the city centre, close to the train station
Masthuggsterrassens Vandrarhem – close to the ferry
Spar hotel Majorna