About the GIH Library

The GIH Library is Sweden's only specialist library of sports, physical education and health. The collections consist of about 60 000 books and a number of print and electronic periodicals. You can search the collections in the Library Catalogue and search for journals in the Journals List.

More about the library

The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, was founded in 1813 by Pehr Henrik Ling under the name of the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics, Kungl. Gymnastiska Centralinstitutet (GCI). Already during P. H. Ling’s lifetime, a small library existed at the GCI.

The library has an interesting and unique historical collection of literature from the 16th century onwards, covering topics such as anatomy, physiology, physiotherapy, military gymnastics, Swedish gymnastics, fencing and acrobatics. Read more about the old book collection.

Today the collections contain books in the fields of gymnastics, sports, physiology, biomechanics, physical activity and health etc. The primary task for the library is to provide support for the students, researchers and teaching staff in their work. At the same time, it should be an asset to members of the public who have an interest in sport. The library is open to the public.

In the library