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Books and e-books

The library has large collections of printed books and e-books, use the library search tool for searching. The collections consist of nonfiction, fiction in several languages and children's books. Find older literature in our special collections, you can also search our digital collections for older books.

Find books in the library search tool

Refine your search by choosing the resource type “Books”. Limit the result to e-books by also choosing “Full text available (online)”.

E-books

Read and download e-books

Access more than 500 000 e-books via the library. In order to read them you may need an app and an Adobe ID.

Access to electronic resources

As a student or an employee you have access to the library's electronic resources no matter where you are.

Text books

The library textbook collection holds mandatory textbooks for programmes and courses at Umeå University. There is at least one copy available for check out and one reference copy for reading in the library. Some textbooks are also available electronically.

Textbooks at the University Library (UB)


The books are alphabetically shelved by author or title and not broken down by subject. You may also check out dictionaries to use at home from the textbook collection. Reference copies are marked with red tape.

Textbooks at the Medical Library (MB)


The Medical Library holds textbooks for students at the Medical faculty. Books that can be borrowed are marked with a green dot on the book spine. Reference copies have red dots.

Textbooks at UB Arts Campus


UB Arts Campus holds textbooks for art, architecture and design. Reference copies are marked with red tape.

New literature

A selection of new books that the library has acquired by purchase or through legal deposits is displayed on our news shelf. 

Materials in the Stacks

Most of the materials in the library stacks you may pick up yourself. There are however materials that need to be ordered.

The special collections are stored in closed stacks and are ordered by a special form.

Items with a call number beginning with Per F are stored in closed stacks. Please contact the staff at the Information Desk if you need to order this material.

Older literature

Special collections

The library's special collections contains early printed books and various other items.

The older alphabetical catalogue

The older alphabetical catalogue is the original card catalogue of the library.