An article in Hällekis Kuriren outlines some of the provisions of the new Library Act which comes into force on 1 January, 2014. The provisions of interest to us are that libraries will continue to lend e-books and that those loans must be free of charge to readers.
Also of interest is the identification of certain groups in society as deserving priority service: those suffering from any handicap, those whose mother tongue is not Swedish, and Swedish minority groups – essentially, I imagine, the Sami. This requirement in the Act will clearly lead to a demand for e-books in a wide range of languages.
In this article, no mention is made of any inclusion of e-books within the Swedish equivalent of the Public Lending Right, but examination of the Act itself may reveal further information.