Suggestions, interlibrary loans and article copies
Here you can suggest a purchase or request interlibrary loans and copies of articles. You can also find further information on how to order, how to gain access to the material, and on the costs of interlibrary loans and copies. At the bottom of the page there is information on interlibrary loans for other libraries.
Contact us if you have questions about your purchases, interlibrary loans or article copies.
Information about purchases and requests
If you are unable to find what you are searching for in the library collections, you may request the material you need for your studies or research. Place your order using 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 an e-book, we will purchase the book in this format. If we do not purchase the publication, 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 we do not have access to it is possible to order it from other libraries that have. We will then send you a copy of the article.
Frequently asked questions about purchases and requests
How will I know when my requested item arrives?
E-books 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 will need to come to the library and use one of our computers to read the e-book.
Printed books and interlibrary loans When we purchase a printed book or make an interlibrary loan, you will be notified by email or text message when the material has arrived at the library.
How long will it take for my requested item to arrive?
Delivery times depend on many factors and may therefore vary. Crucial factors are the availability of the material and how quickly a supplier or lending library responds to the request.
What can be requested as an interlibrary loan?
As a library patron you may request interlibrary loans for research and studies.
You cannot make an interlibrary loan if the material has been checked out from Umeå University Library or if the material is being held by any other library in Umeå. Please check whether we hold the book at Umeå University Library before you place your order.
What terms and conditions apply to interlibrary loans?
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. If you have questions about extending the loan period, contact the library at this link:
The lending library is responsible to decide whether you can borrow the book or you must read it in the library or in the supervised reading room. The lending library will also decide whether they send us the material as a loan or they send copies.
If an interlibrary loan is not returned after being recalled, your borrowing privileges will be suspended until the book has been returned. If you lose the book or if it is damaged, you will be required to pay for it.
Read more about rules for interlibrary loans here:
When can I get copies of articles and book chapters?
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 that particular chapter. The lending library decide whether it sends a copy of the material or the whole book as an interlibrary loan.
How do I receive the copies I have ordered?
We send the copies by internal mail to Umeå University employees and employees of 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 how long it takes the lending library to process the request and deliver the material to us.
I am a distance student. Can I request interlibrary loans?
If you live outside Umeå municipality you may request the books 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 there.
If you want to borrow textbooks by interlibrary loan it is important for your local library to include in the request that you are a distance student at Umeå University. Please note that textbooks have a short loan period.
How do I borrow audiovisual material from the National Library of Sweden?
You can borrow audiovisual material from the National Library of Sweden if you need the material for your research. Material from the Swedish Media Database is only available in Swedish. Read more here:
We will notify you when the loaned material reaches the library. You will receive the loaned material at the library, and you can only watch or listen to the tapes in the supervised reading room.
Information about prices for employees, students and the general public
Prices for purchases and interlibrary loans of books and microfilm
Free, if we purchase the materials for the library collections
Free, if we acquire the materials through interlibrary loan from libraries in Sweden and the Nordic countries
SEK 250 per volume if we acquire the materials through interlibrary loan from libraries outside the Nordic countries. (If this is the case, we will notify you and ask whether you still wish to place the order)
Prices for copies of articles or book chapters
Prices apply per 1–40 pages. Each subsequent batch of 40 pages costs the same.
SEK 100 for copies of our own materials or from libraries in Sweden or the Nordic countries
SEK 150 for copies from libraries outside the Nordic countries
Example: A copy of a 53 pages article that we order from Norway will cost a total of SEK 200 (2 x SEK 100).
Invoices for copies and interlibrary loans
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 a patron from the general public we will send your invoice to the address you stated on the order form.
Interlibrary loans (ILL) to libraries and organisations
This link provides 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: