Information due to the coronavirus
The library's services are affected and adapted due to COVID-19, regarding opening hours and requests among other things. Read more:
Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 4 June 2020)
For students and employees, the Umu-card functions as a library card. The general public are also welcome to acquire a library card, as long as the applicant has reached 18 years of age.
Books are borrowed via our self-service machines. Use your Umu card/library card, Umu id or social security number. The four-digit PIN must always be entered.
Borrowing is free of charge and there are no limits regarding the amount of books that can be borrowed at the same time.
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.
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 the borrower is still always responsible for returning books on time. The loans can also be renewed the library search tool:
Interlibrary loans can not be renewed in the library search tool. Contact the library for questions regarding extension of a loan.
If a book is checked out it is possible to make a request in the library search tool. When a copy of the book is available, a text message and an e-mail will be sent. Please pick up the book within three days!
If a book needs returning, an e-mail will be sent, but the borrower is still always responsible for returning books on time.
Return books at our libraries
Books can be returned 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 books can be returned in book drops located at
Return books by mail
Books can be returned by mail to the University Library, Medical Library and UB Arts Campus. The borrower is responsible for the loan until the book has arrived to the library and the loan is registered as returned.
Students who live outside Umeå municipality do not need an Umu-card to borrow books. The books needed for studies can be ordered through the nearest local library, this is called an interlibrary loan. An interlibrary loan is borrowed and returned at the local library.
To be able to borrow text books by intralibrary loan it is important to make it clear in contact with the local library that the loan is needed for distance studies at Umeå University. Loan period for text books is 14 days.
Interlibrary loans can't be issued for students living in Umeå municipality.
A borrower who doesn't return a book on the due date will be blocked from loan until the book has been returned. For text books the block will remain for six weeks from the date that the book was returned. Loans for other books that are already borrowed can still be prolonged.
If the borrower receive an invoice before the return of the delayed book there will be an administrative charge for each delayed book.
Lost or damaged books
The borrower is obliged to compensate for lost or damaged books. If it is possible to mend the book the borrower will have to pay the cost for the repair. Never try to repair a damaged book with tape or glue! The library bindery will perform all repairs.
Underlinings and notes count as damages.