Using the library as a new student

Welcome as a new student! Here are some things that are good to know when you start using the University Library's services.

Welcome to the Gothenburg University Library

Our libraries

At the University of Gothenburg there are eight 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.

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.

About borrowing at the library

Renew loans in My loans

Log in to the My loans service 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
  • pay overdue fines and replacement fees
  • update your contact details.

To My loans

Return loans

We will contact you when it’s time to return your loans. When the libraries are closed you can return books in book drops located at the Biomedical Library and the Humanities Library.

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

Open lunch lectures about study techniques

Every semester we give short lunch lectures where we offer tips on information searching, academic writing and other things you may benefit from in your studies. A few of them are in English.

Short talks for students - open lunch lectures

If you have a reading impairment

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

Our service for students with reading impairments

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.

Open lectures

Contact us

Information desk in Zoom
You are welcome to ask questions in our information desk in Zoom.

Chat with a librarian
You can also contact us via our chat. An icon is visible at the edge of your screen when the chat is available.

You can also use the contact form if you have questions.

  • Describe your question