The largest special library on religion in the Nordic countries

The Donner Library opened as long ago as 1957 and is today the largest specialist library on religion in the Nordic countries. The library is located in Humanisticum (The Dahlström Palace) at Biskopsgatan 13 in Turku, in the middle of the beautiful Åbo Akademi University campus. The library is open during weekdays between 12.00 and 15.00 (closed in July). Our primary customers are students and researchers of religion, but our library is also open to the general public.

Our collection comprises approximately 90 000 volumes pertaining to research on religion in a broad perspective. The central journals within the field are available in printed form in the library and we can help you to find your way among the e-publications as well.

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Book of the month

Book of the month: Granskogsfolk: Hur naturen blev svenskarnas religion by David Thurfjell

For many Swedes and people from northern Europe more generally, forests and nature have a special meaning. David Thurfjell, professor of the study of religion at Södertörn University, asks whether it might be the case that nature has become the new religion for Swedes and, if this is so, how did this come about. In dialogue with forest wanderers, previous research and through historical overviews a broad understanding of the relationship many Swedes today have with nature is offered. This relationship is in no way simple or unproblematic, but the study as a whole provides important insights into existential reflection in today’s individualized and secularized Nordic societies. Thus, though the focus in Granskogsfolk is on Sweden, the study undoubtably captures occurrences, thoughts and feelings many northern Europeans can recognize. In addition, the book is written in a clear academic language that should be approachable for a wide audience.

Sofia Sjö