Using the library as a new student

There are some things that are good to know when you start using the University Library's services. If you have questions or need practical help, please ask a librarian on site or contact us.

Our libraries

At the University of Gothenburg there are nine libraries which together constitute the Gothenburg University Library. You will find information about the libraries' opening hours, addresses and contact information on each library page.

Libraries and opening hours

The GU card is your library card

As a student at the university, you can use your GU card as a library card to borrow books, journals and other materials.

About GU card and library card

Find and borrow textbooks

The library often has several copies of the textbooks used in courses at the University of Gothenburg. You will find the University Library's textbooks and other material in Supersearch. Choose the filter Textbooks to limit your search results.

To Supersearch

When you find a book in Supersearch, you can see where it is located and often pick up the book directly from the shelf. The textbooks are arranged in alphabetical order, sorted by book title. You can make a reservation for the textbook if it is out on loan.

About borrowing at the library

Loan periods for textbooks

The loan periods for textbooks is 14 days. You can renew the loan up to four times if no one has made a reservation for the book. If you forget to renew the loan or return the book too late, an overdue fine of SEK 10 per book and day will be added.

Renew loans in My loans

Log in to the My loans service to renew your loans and update your contact information. You log in with your GU account or library card. In My Loans you can:

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

To My loans

Use the library's study places

The libraries have study places in different types of environments. There are open environments for group work, bookable group study rooms and study places with computers. At several of our libraries there are also quiet reading rooms and individual study places.

About group study rooms at the libraries

If you have a reading impairment

Students who have a reading impairment are entitled to adapted course literature and longer loan periods for textbooks.

At each start of the semester, the University Library invites you to drop-ins, where we talk about talking books, apps, software and reading studios that are equipped with useful programs.

Our service for students with reading impairments

Using the library as a distance student

As a distance student at the University of Gothenburg, you have access to library services and resources even if you cannot visit the library yourself.

About using the library as a distance student

Contact us

Contact us if you have questions or need practical help using the library's services, information resources and premises.

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