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!
Learn more about academic writing, information seeking, referencing and study skills.
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.
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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.
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.
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.