Using the library as a distance student

Distance students at the University of Gothenburg can access digital course literature from home and have physical textbooks sent home. If you need help with information retrieval or something else, you are welcome to contact our information desks in Zoom or ask us in our chat.

Find and access digital course literature

The library will give you access to e-books, articles in e-journals and other digital course literature that is not available online for free. Follow these steps to access your course literature:

  1. Find the title you need in Supersearch.
  2. Click on the link ”Full text available” by the title you are interested in.
  3. Log in with your GU account, gus-id, when the login page for Gothenburg University is shown.

More about accessing e-resources off-campus

Borrow and order physical books

As a student, you automatically have a library account and can search and order in Supersearch through your regular login with gus-id.

Distance students can have books sent home

If you are a distance student at the University of Gothenburg and live outside the Gothenburg region, your books can be sent home. To order books you must contact us.

To order a textbook, follow these steps:

  1. Use Supersearch to make sure that the book you need is available.
  2. Fill out the order form below and ask for the book to be sent to you. Enter the title, your home address and the distance course at which you are registered.
  3. Send the information to the library that has an available copy of the book, and it will be delivered faster.
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If the book is not available, you can place a hold directly in Supersearch. When the book has arrived you will receive a message that the book is available for pick up at one of the libraries. Contact that library to have the book sent home by mail instead.

Return books

You are responsible for returning the books to the library on time, whether you send them by mail or return them by other means. You pay the return postage yourself.

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

About borrowing from the library

Renew in My Loans

Use the My Loans service to renew your loans and update your contact information. You log in with your gus-id.

To My Loans

Contact us via chat or Zoom

Do you need help? Ask your question in our chat! A chat-icon is visible at the edge of your screen when a librarian is available.

You are also welcome to visit the library’s information desks via Zoom, for example to get help with information searching and reference management. You do not need to make an appointment, just drop in with your question.

Visit our information desks in Zoom

Service if you have a reading impairment

The University Library provides extended support to those with a reading impairment. You can get help with customized course literature, longer loan periods on textbooks and access to support software.

About the library’s service for students with reading impairments

Tutorial: To search, read and write

When you are writing an essay or doing a study assignment, you need to know how to search, read and evaluate scientific texts. You also need to learn how to avoid plagiarism by referencing properly. The guide answers many of the questions and concerns that arise in students' encounters with science.

To search, read and write

Contact us

Contact the library if you have questions about our resources and services for distance students.

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