Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 31 March 2020)

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Umu card
Umu card

For access to the premises, copying and for borrowing at the University Library.

Library card for the general public
Library card for the general public

To obtain a library card you must have turned 18 years.

Loan rules
Loan rules

Loan rules, visiting rules and fees.

Information due to the coronavirus

The library's services are affected and adapted due to COVID-19, regarding opening hours and reservations among other things. Read more:

Information about the library during COVID-19

University recommendations regarding COVID-19

Frequently asked questions about loans

How do I borrow a book?

Books are borrowed via our self-service machines. Use your Umu card/library card, Umu ID or social security number. The four-digit PIN number you have chosen must always be entered. 

How long is the loan period?

  • Loan period for textbooks (Textbook Collection): 14 days
  • Loan period for regular books: 30 days

The loan period for interlibrary loans is generally one year but can be cut short if the lending library needs the book back for any reason. 

More information about interlibrary loans

How do I renew my loans?

Books with no hold requests will automatically be renewed 2 days before the due date. If a book needs returning, an e-mail will be sent, but you are still always responsible for returning books on time. You may also renew your loans yourself in the Library Search Tool:

My account in the Library Search Tool

Interlibrary loans can not be renewed in the Library Search Tool. Contact the library if you have questions about extending the loan.

How do I reserve a book that is out on loan?

If the book you want is checked out you may make a reservation in the Library search tool. When a copy of the book has arrived for you, a text message and an e-mail will be sent to you. Please pick up within three days!

Where can I return books?

Return your loans in our return units in the University Library (UB), in the return shelf at the Medical Library (MB) or via the self-service machine at UB Arts Campus. A receipt is issued on return.

When the Library is closed you may return your books in book drops located at:

  • the Social Sciences Building entrance facing the Humanities Building;
  • the Medical Library entrance or by the Betula Lecture Hall;
  • the UB Arts Campus entrance.

Can I return books by mail?

Books can be returned by mail to University Library, Medical Library and UB Arts Campus. You are responsible for the loan until the book has arrived to the library and the loan is registered as returned.