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: Mystik blir vetenskap: Donnerska institutet för religionshistorisk och kulturhistorisk forskning 1956–2021 by Nils G. Holm

65 years ago, on 29 March 1956, Uno and Olly Donner signed the donation letter that led to the foundation of the Donner Institute. To celebrate this, the institute has this spring published its history Mystik blir vetenskap (Mysticism becomes science), compiled and written by Nils G. Holm, emeritus professor in the study of religions at Åbo Akademi University and longstanding member of the board of the institute.

Mystik blir vetenskap offers a thorough description of the origin of the institute and the individuals that have contributed to the activities of the institute. The history also introduces research personalities, librarians, international symposia and cultural seminars, research projects, kilometers of shelfs with research literature, research prices and scholarships.

The history can be read here (in Swedish):