GU card and library card
To borrow books and other materials that can be borrowed at the university library, you need a GU card or a library card.
GU card for students and employees
Students and employees at the University of Gothenburg use their GU card to borrow books and other materials from the library. As a student, you can use the GU card as a library card as soon as you pick it up at one of the university's service centers.
By using the GU card you accept the Library's borrowing rules.
For employees that have a GU card
When you have picked up a new GU card, you need to contact the library to enable the library function on the card. When you contact us, please tell us your address and the number of the GU card and we will activate the card for you.
The library function on your GU card has another expiration date than the physical card. Log into My loans to see the expiration date for the library function. Contact the library when you want to renew the library function on your GU card.
Library card for everyone
To be able to borrow and request books and other materials that can be borrowed at the university library, you need a library card. With a library card, you can also log in to the library's computers and access our e-resources while at the library.
Anyone who has a permanent residence in Sweden and is above 15 years of age can get a library card at the University Library by filling out an application.
Pick up the card by visiting one of our libraries in person. Please bring valid identification.
Library card for international Library visitors
If you don't have a Swedish personal identity number, you must submit a certificate to get a library card.
The certificate is called a personal guarantee, and should be completed by you and by a guarantor. The guarantor must be a resident in Sweden and have a Swedish personal identity number.
You get your library card when you visit the Library along with the guarantor. You should both bring identification along with the completed guarantee.
Processing of personal data
When you receive a library card or GU-card, your personal information is registered in the library's patron register. The personal data consists of your name, personal identity number and address. If you have a protected identity, you can enter a different address than your address from the population register.
The University Library processes your personal data according to the General Data Protection Regulation.
For a detailed compilation of how to use your library card, please see our rules for the use of Gothenburg University Library.
Contact us about GU card and library card
Contact a library if you need help with your GU card or library card.