Borrowing from the Library

Anyone who has a permanent residence in Sweden and is at least 15 years of age can borrow from the University Library.

Get a library card

There are two cards that can be used for borrowing from the University Library. As a student or staff at University of Gothenburg you can use your GU card. Everyone else need a library card.

About GU card and library card

Find and borrow

Many of the items are placed on shelves that you can access yourself. Search for the item in Supersearch to find out its location and at what library it is available.

To Supersearch

You can also request and reserve material in Supersearch. When your requested item is available for you, you will get a message from the Library. Pick up the item from shelves close to the information desk. In case you have forgotten your library card or GU card, ask for help with borrowing at the information desk. Please bring valid identification.

About borrowing and using e-books

Home loans for distance students

As a distance student at the University of Gothenburg you can have library books sent to you. Please note that this service only applies to you who live outside of the greater Gothenburg region.

Do as follows:

  1. Find the book in Supersearch and check that it is available.
  2. Contact the Library and ask for the book to be sent to you.

If the book is not available, you can reserve it. You will be notified when the book is available for you to pick up. When you are notified, contact the Library with a returning message to get it sent to you instead.

You pay for the return postage yourself, and you are responsible for the books to be returned to the Library on time.

Renew in My loans

Log in to the service My loans to renew and keep track of your loans and contact information. Log in with your GU account or library card. Use My loans to:

  • check when your loans are due for return
  • renew your loans
  • see what books you have reserved, and your place on the waiting list
  • find out whether you have any overdue fines to pay
  • update your contact details.

To My loans

Loan periods

The loan period depends on the kind of material:

  • Textbooks and journals: 14 days
  • Other books: 30 days

The Library will send a notification (e-mail, SMS or letter) when the loan is due for return.

Rules for renewals

The rules for renewing loans differ depending on what kind of library user you are.

Renewing loans for students or members of the general public

As a student or a member of the general public you can renew your loans yourself in My loans, if no one else has placed a reservation. You can renew a loan a maximum of 4 times.

Renewing loans for employees

As an employee at the University of Gothenburg you can renew your textbooks yourself in My loans a maximum of 4 times. Other books and journals are renewed automatically, if no one else has placed a reservation. Books are renewed up to 3 years and journals up to 2 years.

Return loans

You can return what you have borrowed at any of the libraries within Gothenburg University Library, regardless of where you borrowed the material.

When the libraries are closed you can return books in book drops located at Biomedical Library and Humanities Library.

Overdue returns

It is your responsibility as a patron to keep track of when your loans expire. Make sure that we have your correct contact information to get our reminders. You can update your contact information in My loans. If you for some reason have not received any of our reminders, you still have to pay the late fees.

Fines for overdue textbooks

If you return textbooks after the loan expires you will have to pay a fine. This also applies if you renew the loan after it expires. The fine is SEK 10 per day and textbook.

If the total of your fines exceed SEK 70 you will not be allowed to borrow more books or renew existing loans. You pay your fines when you have returned your overdue loans. Then you will be allowed to renew loans and borrow books again.

Administration charge and cost for replacing a book

If you have not returned what you have borrowed 16 days after the loan expires, you are obliged to pay an administration charge of SEK 200. If you have lost the book you must pay the cost of a new book.

You can not borrow more material or renew loans until you have paid the fines. You can pay your fines at one of the libraries or with the invoice you have received from us.

Borrowing rules

The information on this page is an excerpt of the rules that apply when borrowing material from the University Library. The complete regulations are available in our rules for the use of Gothenburg University Library.

Contact us about borrowing

Contact any of our libraries if you need help with your loans.

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