Do you have questions about how to find your textbooks?

Are you wondering about textbooks? In this blog post we show you how to find the right textbook on the shelf and give you some useful tip on other ways beside the library to get hold of the popular books.

The Library buys at least two copies of each book. One loan and one course reference book. The later is a reference copy, which can´t leave the library it can only be used in the building. You find all course reference books at the 1st floor at the library and they are sorted in alphabetical order with a yellow sticker on the back. It appears clearly in the library catalog through Summon.

Take the book you want to read in the library or copy a chapter or two, and then put it back on a trolley so the next person can get access to the book. The copy you can borrow is for loan for two weeks and you can renew the book if no one else waits for it, otherwise it must be returned. This because as many people as possible should be able to read them during the course. A textbook can also be found as an e-book and can be read both here at the university and from home, it is your computer login that you use to login with. All textbooks are included in the library catalog and have two placements, it can look like this for example:

The top copy is the course reference book that you find on the 1st floor and the lower is the lending copy that you find placed on the subject out in the library. The course reference book may not always be in place at the 1st floor because someone else might be reading it. Come back later and look for it again

But why can´t we have class sets of everything? Because we do not have the opportunity for a variety of reasons. First, we have no place for it, the library must accommodate a lot of other literature and other things than textbooks. Second, we can not afford it, the library has a media budget to follow each year and it is within its framework we purchase textbooks. We must also ensure that our book collection contains relevant books that can be used in essay writing and other school work.

If you want to buy your textbooks the Student Bookstore at Allégatan is a good choice, they have almost all of the university course books at good prices. Online bookshops as Adlibris and Bokus often have a wide range of literature. you can also often find advertisements for sale of used textbooks on the university notice boards, and on the sites kurslitteratur.se and bokbörsen, you can search for used books. Sometimes the Student Union arranges a book fair or book swap at the university.

Text & picture: Lena Holmberg