The Library as a meeting place

Where do we sit?

This is a phrase we often hear from students who comes into the Library. We have lots of seats to choose from. More specifically, there are 800 seats at the library.

The first thing you see when you come into the library is our stylish lounge. Lots of people wonder what one can and cannot do in the lounge. There is really no written rules for the lounge. The idea is to be able to sit on comfy couches and read the magazines that are there, or just sit and talk or just sit on the couch and take a break from the everyday life.

The question is what are your needs?

If you want to work by yourself and would like it to be quiet around you, then you should go to the quiet study room which is located on the 2nd floor (main floor). It is allowed to have your laptop with you in there, but please turn off the key sound. In addition to the 30 seats there are 2 comfortable armchairs in the quiet study room.

if there is a group project at issue, we have 31 Group study rooms to choose from. All our group study rooms are bookable. Some group study rooms has computers and some not. When you book a group study room there is information about the room under Room No. It’s fairly small text but it is there.

On the 4th floor we have a room called the Studio.  This room is a resource room with customized computers for students with a disability or illiteracyTo be able to book the Studio, you have to either contact the Coordinator for students with disabilities or the dyslexia educator, since you need a tag with special access. 

There are plenty of computers at the library. It rarely happens that all our computers are taken. We have several computers on the 2nd floor and then there is also a computer room on the 3rd floor with a the printer near at hand.

The positive aspect of our library is that you actually get to bring coffee (with lid) in the library. You may also eat fruit and candy inside the library, but when it comes to food, we have a lunch lounge just outside the library which we refer to.

Text and picture: Tandis Talay

Hello Kristoffer Karlsson

In a series of portraits we are going to introduce the staff at the Library to all our readers and customers. Who are the people working at the library? And what are they doing there? Read our portraits and get to know your librarians! We asked Kristoffer a few questions.

What are your main duties?
I mainly work with publications in DiVA and support to researchers. In the future, I will work more with research data and help with information retrieval.

 What where you doing before you started working here?
After graduating from The Swedish School of Library and Information Science, I worked at Chalmers University of technology library in about one and a half year.
Do you have any book recommendations you want to share?
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami are among the best books I’ve ever read. Everone should read it. The English translation, not the Swedish.
Another tip is The Expanse by James‘s A Corey. The first book is called Leviathan Wakes. It is now also available as a television series on SyFy. Best science fiction series since Battlestar Galactica and Firefly!
What made you apply to the library at the University of Borås?
I was homesick. I have been active in the University of Borås between 2009 and 2015 as a student and in the Student Union,I enjoyed it a lot. To get a job at the University Library was like coming home again. In addition, the work tasks seemed fun!
What are you most curious about within the Librarian role according to development?
I‘m very curious to see how the Librarian role will evolve now that we have the problem of alternative facts. Source criticism is more important than ever, and that’s something that librarians are professionals at. I want to see librarians taking place in the media and talk about source criticism and the importance of being skeptical.
Text & picture: Tandis Talay

Method books…..again

Most of you will at some point during your education bump into the word METHOD. What is method? why is it so important and why are there so many books on the subject?

There are books on qualitative and quantitative methods, interview methodology, comparative analysis methods, interdisciplinary studies, and much more.

Regardless of what subject you read, there is a relevant method book for your subject. I will not go into the analysis of the word method and its significance, I will instead tell you more about what kind of books we have at the library.

Ett steg till: En metodbok för biblioteksutveckling/ Aleman L.

This book is the result of the project Doublinga- method for library development?It is also a practical guide for libraries that want to work together to achieve business development.

Förhandlingsbart: Metodbok i förhandlingsteknik/ Lempereur A,  Aurélien C & Wetter E.

The book gives you knowledge of the most common pitfalls and dirty tricks in negotiating situations and effective tips to counteract them. you will both learn about Win-Win methods and hard negotiation and how to progressively develop your own personal ability.

Metod & Praktik: Texter om forskning och utvecklingsarbete inom det konstnärliga området/ Lind T.

This book is part of a series of annual publications on the research and development work on the artistic field that is given out by the Swedish Research Council. Last year they released their first book with the title “ArtKnowledgeInsight”. In this book the discussion is about art and science and also problematize or embody questions about artistic research continues. 

Frågor, fält och filer: Kriminologisk metodbok/ Roxel L, Tiby E

In this book, you get to take advantage of both new and established researchers’ experiences, thoughts and methods in CriminologyThe book takes up the question of which or what methods, fits to research question and also the fact that the same research question can give different results when you use different methods.

Text & Photo: Tandis Talay

Hi Alejandro (Alex) Crespo

In a series of portraits we are going to introduce the staff at the Library to all our readers and customers. Who are the people working at the library? And what are they doing there? Read our portraits and get to know your librarians! We asked Alex a few questions.

What are your main duties?
At present it is mostly about the implementation of our next library system and our new search engine that will replace the systems we use today. After the launch, I will mostly will be working with system management and usability testing of systems.

What did you do before you started working here?
I worked as Web/IT librarian at University West in Trollhättan.

What do you do when you’re not at work?
I try to go to concerts and try different restaurants.

Do you have any book recommendations you want to share?
If you are interested in use of tests and usability, you should read “Rocket Surgery made easy” and “Do not make me think” by Steve Krug. Anyone who is curious about information architecture should not miss ” How to make sense of any mess” by Abby Covert. It is also available as a website

Last fiction book I read was “Mary” by Aris Fioretos. A book I can recommend.

What made you apply to the library at the University of Borås?
I want to work with something that has a clear link to user benefits. Availability of information is one of the library’s most important services. Systems should not constitute an obstacle for the communication of information and the creation of new knowledge. The ability to make these systems easier to use,  led me to seek the job.

Text and picture: Tandis Talay

Lost Items

Right now we have put all the lost items in the glass cabinet near the entrance floor.

Please look in the glass cabinet and see if there is something that belongs to you.


Maybe you lost your gloves a few weeks ago and wonder where they are?Or are you missing an earring, a sweater, a computer case or anything else that has disappeared that you didn´t even noticed?  Then check out the glass cabinet, you may find what you are looking for.

We will keep lost items out in 1-2 weeks.



Text and picture: Tandis Talay

Heart Books

Tomorrow 14th of February is Valentine’s Day. Originally it was a western Christian Liturgical feast day honoring Saint Valentinus. It was during 14th century that the day first became associated with Love.


As you know, here at the library we like to amuse ourselves with information retrieval and in honor of Valentine´s Day we thought of doing a search for the word Heart. Here are some books related to Heart. The word heart can have different meaning and can be found in all kind of categories.


The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations/ Kotter John P. & Cohen Dan S.

This book is a guide for organization who wants to make a change in their structure and operations and who need to understand that they first have to change people’s behavior.

Heart of Darkness/ Conrad Joseph

This novel is a complex meditation on colonialism, evil, and the thin line between civilization and barbarity. Its also a classic novel which been read and interpreted in literature science for decades.

Casanova Was a Librarian: A Light-Hearted Look at the profession/ Low Kathleen

This book looks at the many facets of the librarian occupation. It covers everything from statistics, enumerates gender divisions, personality types, salaries to requirements of various types of librarians including public, academic, school and special librarians.

Mind & Heart/ Fällman Barbro

This is a teaching material especially for high schools nursing program and children and recreation program students. This book is includes both texts and exercises, and also grammar and recess tasks.


Text and Picture: Tandis Talay

Is it time to think about you final student thesis?

Is it time to think about which topic you want to write about in you final thesis? Then it’s also good to start thinking about how to find information to your thesis, and of course, about your research questions. Keep reading this blog post and you will get information about how you can approach these things.

The point of the research question is to develop meaningful and relevant results. The idea is to formulate questions which will give you meaningful and relevant results and also to describe your work in a consist manner. Research questions can be descriptive (what is happening, what exists), relational (relationship between two or more variables) or causal (whether one or more variables causes one or more outcome variables).

How do you search for information effectively?
You can always start with Summon, which is the library search service. Here you can find anything from books and articles to e-books etc.

You can also search directly in a subject database. Here you can make specific searches that are focused to your particular subject and you also have more detailed search options.

You can access all of the library´s electronic resources from home – just log in with your username and password (the same as you use in PING PONG).

Libris (the Swedish Library catalogue) can be relevant for your search. Maybe other libraries have good books about your topic, in that case you can make an interlibrary loan which means that we will request the book/article for you. Interlibrary loans of books are free of charge but articles costs 40 SEK (80 SEK if we have to order outside Scandinavia).

Do you want to know more about student thesis writing and information seeking?

  • Call the Library at 033-435 40 50
  • E-mail the Library at
  • Come and get help at the information desk
  • Visit the Search Lab in J441 every Thursday at 12:00-15:00 and get help from a librarian.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Colourbox