About the Dawit Isaak Library

Your freedom of expression library at Malmö City Archives.

At the Dawit Isaak Library you can find, read and borrow books that you would not be able to read, if someone else had decided. The library is open to the public and located at Malmö City Archives.

On our shelves there are banned books, books that have been burned or censored, all written by people who have been silenced, threatened, imprisoned or forced into exile because of their words. Previous orientations to the City Archives library remain, such as history, genealogy, children's books and much more.

If you want to know what books you can find at the Dawit Isaak-library you find it in the library catalogue.

Would you like to tell us about books or authors that should be represented at the Dawit Isaak Library? Please let us know at: dawitisaakbiblioteket@malmo.se.

Through the Dawit Isaak Library, we want to offer an opportunity for the general public and researchers to find and read literature that is otherwise difficult to access or disseminate. Here you can also find professional literature that deals with issues such as freedom of speech, censorship, artistic freedom, democracy and more.

For us, it is important that Malmö is a city where free speech and artistic expression can take place. A democratic society works better if we can access the widest possible diversity of different ideas and perspectives.

The Dawit Isaak Library is a collaboration between Malmö City Archives, the Malmö City Library, Swedish PEN and ICORN.

About Dawit Isaak

Dawit Isaak is a Swedish-Eritrean journalist and author who has been incarcerated in Eritrea since 2001 without trial for publishing criticism of the Eritrea regime.