The Library of the University Centre of the Westfjords


The University Centre has a small library with a collection of books and other media.  The largest part of our resources are acquired for the master study programmes Coastal and Marine Management, and Coastal Communities and Regional Development. It is therefore a highly specialized library, but also balanced, in accordance with the diverse topics taught on the programmes.

Furthermore, through the Icelandic Consortium for electronic subscriptions, we have access to a wide range of international peer-reviewed e-journals, e-books collections, databases, citation databases and encyclopedias.

Our master programmes being offered in collaboration with the University of Akureyri (UNAK), students also have access to additional subscriptions offered by the UNAK.  The University of Akureyri Library and Information Services (UAL) subscribes to various databases in the main subject fields taught at the university, such as fisheries sciences, law and psychology.

University Centre holdings are catalogued in the Icelandic Union Catalogue and may be retrieved via the interface. Instructions on how to limit searches to University Centre holdings can be found here

For more information and assistance please contact Sigþrúður Margrét Gunnsteinsdóttir.

Study facilities

The facilities of University Centre of the Westfjords are available to all university-level students who are studying or carrying out research in the Westfjords.  Study facilities are in closed reading rooms. More information is provided here.

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

Onsite master students are entitled to order material via interlibrary loan. For each ordered item there is a service fee of 750 ISK. Note that this applies for orders from Icelandic libriaries. For assistance and orders please talk to librarian Pernilla Rein


Ísafjörður Public Library

The public library in town is located in the Culture House at Eyrartún, also known as 'The Old Hospital', a 10 minute walk from the University Centre. The public library is open Monday-Friday 12-18, Saturdays 13-16 and offers study facilities in a silent reading/study room and wireless Internet. There is a collection of books in English and other languages as well. Loans require a library card. For more information, please visit the Ísafjörður Public Library website