Here you can suggest a purchase or request interlibrary loans and article copies. You can also find more information about how to order, how to get access to the material and costs for interlibrary loans and copies. On the bottom of the page you find information on interlibrary loans for other libraries.
Order: suggestions, interlibrary loans and article copies
Use this order form to leave purchase suggestions or to request interlibrary loans and article copies.
Contact the library
Contact us if you have questions about your purchases, interlibrary loans or article copies.
If you do not find what you search for in the library collections, you can request the material that you need for your studies or research. Make your order in the form Order: suggestions, interlibrary loans and article copies.
Our first priority is to purchase requested literature that is not held by the library. If the requested book is available as e-book, we will buy the book in that format. If we do not purchase the literature, we can order it as an interlibrary loan. An interlibrary loan is material that is on loan from another library.
If you need an article from a journal that we do not have access to it is possible to order it from other libraries that have the journal. We will then send a copy of the article to you.
When we purchase your request as an e-book you will receive an e-mail with a link as soon as the book is available. If you do not have an Umu-id you need to come to the library and use one of our computers to be able to read the e-book.
Printed books and interlibrary loans
When we buy a printed book or make an interlibrary loan, you will be notified by e-mail or text message when the material has arrived to the library.
Delivery time depends on many factors and therefore varies. Crucial factors are the availability of the material and how quickly a supplier or lending library respond to the request.
As a patron you may request interlibrary loans for research and studies.
You can not make an interlibrary loan if the material is checked out from Umeå University Library or if the material is held by any other library in Umeå. Please check if we hold the book at Umeå University Library before you place your order.
The loan period for an interlibrary loan is determined by the lending library. Please note that the loan period can be cut short if the lending library needs the book back for any reason. Contact the library if you have questions about extending the loan period:
The lending library decides if you can borrow the book or if you must read it in the library or in the supervised reading room. The lending library also decides if they send us the material as a loan or if they send copies.
If an interlibrary loan is not returned after being recalled, your borrowing privileges will be suspended until the book is returned. If you lose the book or if it is damaged, you will be required to pay for the item.
Read more about rules for interlibrary loans here:
Most libraries will not lend their periodicals. Instead they will send copies of the article you need or the table of contents.
If you need a single book chapter you can request only that chapter. The lending library decide if they send a copy of the material or the whole book as an interlibrary loan.
We send the copies by internal mail to Umeå University employees and employees at Västerbotten County Council. If you are a student or other patron, the copies are sent to the address that you state in the order form.
The time it takes from placing your order until you receive your material depends on the time it takes for the lending library to process the request and deliver the material to us.
If you live outside Umeå municipality you request the books that you need for your studies via the nearest local library. The local library will then request an interlibrary loan from us. An interlibrary loan means that we send the books to your local library and you borrow and return the books at the local library.
If you want to borrow textbooks by interlibrary loan it is important that your local library writes in the request that you are a distance student at Umeå University. Please note that textbooks have a short loan period.
You can borrow audiovisual material from the National Library of Sweden if you need the material for your research. The material from the Swedish Media Database is only available in Swedish, read more here:
We will notify you when the loan reaches the library. You will receive the loan at the library, and you can only watch or listen to the tapes in the supervised reading room.
Prices apply per 1-40 pages. Each time the number of pages exceeds 40 pages, the price is added again.
Example: A copy of an article of 53 pages that we order from Norway will cost a total of 160 SEK (2 x 80 SEK).
If you are an employee at Umeå University or Västerbotten County Council we will send an invoice to the department/clinic.
If you are a student or patron from the general public we will send your invoice to the address you state in the order form.
Here we have gathered information for other libraries and organisations that request interlibrary loans from us. Make your requests for interlibrary loans in the same order form as our patrons:
Contact us if you have any questions regarding interlibrary loans. In our contact page you find our contact form, phone numbers and addresses.
Find more information on interlibrary loans in our loan rules:
Libraries outside the Nordic countries