Short history: The AFU Library started in 1974 with a donation of some 225 titles from Lennart Johansson (a Stockholm ufologist). With other donations from AFU founders the first library had about 350 titles. The prime idea was to create a stock of UFO/phenomena-related books (and magazines) available for lending to Swedish citizens. The collection was then kept in Kjell Jonsson‘s one-room flat in Södertälje for six years until moved, in 1980, to a basement facility in Norrköping.
At that time Sven Olov Svensson took over as the lending librarian after Kjell Jonsson. Since 1980 the library has moved about a dozen times between different facilities or with more effective arrangements of the shelves, while continously expanding. In March 2017 the AFU library has more than 29.400 catalogued unique titles/editions. Our goal is to save up to two copies of each book/edition. 200 book cases are distributed over some 160 square meters, divided between three different facilities.
Here’s an Excel file for download of our complete library: AFU Book List 2017 Alfa
Each book is classified according to PhenCode, a mnemo-technical classification scheme devised by AFU since 1983, first thirty years under the name UfoCode, but now renamed due to the broadened scope of the library and the AFU foundation. PhenCode helps the guest researcher to immediately find relevant literature in any of more than 700 subject areas.
A list of all PhenCodes (including an alpha list for all covered subjects) will be published in 2013-2014 when all on-going revisions have been completed.
The ‘Main’ book library holds books and media on ufology & ufo contacts (PhenCodes U = ufology by country/themes, G = very general books on ufology, and C = ufo contacts), but also ancient cultures (A), fortean subjects (F), natural sciences (N) science fiction (S) and various (V).
The Hilary Evans library holds our collections of literature in the areas of mythology and folklore (M), parapsychology, theosophy & the occult (P) and religion, cults & religious phenomena (R). The facility is dedicated to British author Hilary Evans (1929-2011) who donated his world-renowned collection of ‘phenomena literature’ (more than 10.000 volumes) to us.
The third library holds all books related to behavioural sciences (B), including psychology, sociology, conspiracies and psychiatry.
|Number of titles/editions by PhenCode main group|
|A – Ancient cultures, historical revisionism & “astro-archeology”||1900|
|B – Behavioural sciences (psychology, sociology, psychiatry)||2600|
|C – Contactees in ufology (physical, psychic, abductions)||1900|
|D – Design & new energies, defence matters||400|
|F – Fortean phenomena (including cryptozoology)||2200|
|G – General UFO literature (including themes & sighting categories)||1200|
|M – Mythology & folklore||2100|
|N – Natural sciences & natural explanations for phenomena||2200|
|P – Paranormal phenomena, parapsychology, occult, theosophy, spiritualism||6700|
|R – Religion & religious phenomena||2800|
|S – Science fiction & fantasy||1800|
|U – UFO research by countries & by themes||3350|
|V – Various||250|
Several hundred prominent book donors are listed on our Donors page roughly by order of the number of donated ‘first copies’ of a particular title or edition . Since AFU saves two copies of each title/edition/translation the number of donated book copies for each donor is much larger.