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

Loan periods and renewals

Different types of materials have different loan periods:

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

When the loan period ends, the library automatically renews your loans, provided that no one else has requested the material. This means that you do not need to return the material until you have received a message from the library.

How automatic renewal works

Automatic renewals extend your loan period by one loan period at a time. This means that you do not have to renew your loans yourself. When the loan period expires, the library checks that no one has requested the material and then extends the loan with another loan period: 14 days for textbooks and journals, and 30 days for books.

As long as there are no requests, the automatic renewal is repeated each time the loan expires - up to a certain number of times:

  • Text books are renewed a maximum of 7 times for all patrons.
  • Other books are renewed a maximum of 6 times for students and the general public, and 37 times for employees.
  • Journals are renewed a maximum of 7 times for students and the general public, and 80 times for employees.

No automatic renewal is made if someone else has requested the book. If so, you will receive a message that you must return the book.

Keep track of your loans

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

  • check when your loans are due for return and the number of automatic renewals
  • check if someone has made a request for 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
  • pay any overdue fines and replacement fees
  • update your contact details

To My loans

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. Books left in the book drops before the Library’s closing are registered as returned the same day.

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 overdue fines.

Replacement fees and overdue fines

The replacement fee for lost books/materials is always a fixed amount of SEK 600. The replacement fee is added when your loan is delayed more than 14 days. The overdue fines for the same period is SEK 100. If you return the book, the replacement fee will automatically disappear. You will still have to pay the overdue fines.

If the total of your fines exceed SEK 70, you will not be allowed to borrow more items from the library. You will be allowed to borrow again when the fine is paid.

Overdue fines and replacement fees can be paid both in My Loans or at one of our libraries.

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 overdue fine for textbooks is SEK 10 per day and textbook, a maximum of SEK 140 per book.

If the textbook has not been returned 14 days after the end of the loan period, the fixed replacement fee of SEK 600 will be added. If you return the book, the replacement fee will automatically disappear. You will still have to pay the overdue fine.

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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