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Library services

As a university student you can expect to spend much of your time searching for information as well as reading and writing various academic texts. The library offers different kinds of support in information seeking and academic writing. Welcome to our drop-in sessions, schedule a tutoring appointment or learn more in our tutorials. Please contact us if you have any questions, or visit the library!

Explore the library

The library is a resource for you in your studies. Here you can borrow textbooks, study, book a group study room or gain access to reading and writing support. You can also get tips and advice in areas such as study skills, academic writing and information seeking. Go to the library website for opening hours and further information. 

Using the library from a distance

As a student taking online or distance courses you can make very good use of the library resources.

E-books, databases and scholarly articles

With your Umu-id you can access the library e-resources. Use the library search tool to find high-quality scholarly articles, journals, e-books and databases. Looking at the results from the search you can also see whether the course literature you need is available online in e-format.

Read more about how to gain access to the library e-resources:

Access to electronic resources

Distance tutoring, lectures and support

As a distance student, you have access to support services for scholarly writing, information seeking, reference management and study skills from our librarians and writing teachers. Participate in our online lectures and workshops, visit our Zoom drop-in sessions or book a distance tutoring session.

Academic Resource Centre -  drop-in and lectures

If for some reason you have difficulty reading books in print you have the right to get access to your mandatory textbooks in an adapted format. The library helps you to gain access to both talking books and computer programs that make reading and writing easier.

Support for reading and writing

Interlibrary loans through your local library

If you do not live in Umeå municipality, you can order the books you need for your studies through your local library. In turn, your local library will arrange an interlibrary loan from Umeå University Library. We will send the books to your local library, where you borrow and return the books. You do not need an Umu card to make an interlibrary loan, just use your local library card.

If you want to borrow a textbook, it is important that your local library make a note when ordering that you are a distance student at Umeå University. Please bear in mind that textbooks often have a short loan period. 

Use the Umu card to borrow on-site in Umeå

If your course has on-campus meet-ups, you might want to visit the library while on site. You will need your Umu card if you want to borrow books or if you want to use printers, scanners and copying machines. Please, make sure to apply for the card in good time before your visit, and collect the card at the Infocenter desk before visiting the library.

More information on how to get your Umu card:

Umu card

Visiting the library

Borrowing from the library

Borrow, request and return books. Find practical information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Group study rooms and study spaces

Book a group study room or learn more about the study spaces in the library.

Printing, scanning and computers

You can print, scan and copy material at the library. There are also computers available to use.

Tutoring and support

Academic Resource Centre - drop-in and lectures

Get support in information searching, study techniques, academic writing and reference management.

Support for reading and writing

The library´s support for reading and writing can help you with talking books and assistive technology.

Learn more