Search Tips in Primo: Delimit to books

When you search in Primo you will be able to refine your searches in several ways. You will find the facets in the menu to the left of the interface.

Let’s say you’re looking for a printed book. Once you have entered your search terms in the search box and made the search, you get a result list that can be quite extensive. In the result list you will probably find several different types of publications, such as Journal Articles, Books, Conference Proceedings, Dissertations and more. In order to focus on books, you have several delimitation options available.

Printed books

If you are looking for a printed book, you can select “The Library” under the heading “Library”. Then you will get a result list of titles found in the library’s collection of mainly printed material. If you only want to see the titles that are on shelf in this moment, not yet borrowed, you can click on “Available in the Library” under the heading “Show Only”. Remember, however, you do not see the full collection if you choose “Available in the Library”, so if you’re planning to reserve a book, it’s preferable
to delimit to “The Library”. Then you will see books that are both on the shelf and are borrowed in the result list.

Printed and electronic books

If you are looking for both printed and electronic books, you can select “Books” under the heading “Resource Type”. Then you get both printed and electronic books in the result list. If you are looking for books in a particular subject, this method may be preferable as you get more titles to choose from.

By using the facets in Primo you have the opportunity to refine your searches and specify the result list.

Text and images: Klaz Arvidson

Welcome to our Language & Search Lab!

Did you know that you can get help with your difficult searches, reference questions or help with the difficult academic language? Every Thursday between 12 pm and 15 pm there is a language teacher and one or two librarians who usually work with information search in room J441.

Long time ago we had a language lab and a search lab in the library, but since many questions slip into each other, it felt practical and beneficial to be able to help with both search and reference questions while at the same having a language pedagogical supervision. So in 2016, we merged the language and the search lab and have it once a week. On Mondays and Wednesdays, it’s only the language lab in room J441.

You do not need to book in advance. It is Drop-In. Many students visit Language and search Lab time to time and sometimes we have many students at the same time, witch means that you may have to wait for help. You can log in to a computer in the room and work while you are waiting.

Text: Lena Wadell

Foto:  Dmitry Ratushny,  Unsplash

Buy more prints – here’s how you do it!

We are getting a lot of questions at the Information Point on how to buy more prints. This is a short description on how you do it. If you need to refill your print account there are two ways to do it. You can do it all by yourself online, or you can buy a voucher. Both ways require that you log in to the system PaperCut at some stage.

Buy online

To buy mer prints online is really easy, and you pay with your bank card or a PayPalaccount (if you happen to have one). This is how it works:

1. Log in to PaperCut. Note that you need to change language before you log in, it’s not possible to change language once you’ve logged in.

2. When you’re in – select Add Credit (in the left menu).

3. Select how many print credits you want to buy. 1 print credit = 1 SEK, and 1 black and white page costs 0,5 print credits to print. Press the button ADD VALUE.

4. Now the next page is in Swedish (even if you changed language before). In order to get another language – select your home country in the drop-down menu where it for the moment says “Sverige”:

5. Select method for paying – PayPal or bank card.

  • If you select PayPal – log in with your PayPal account and finish your payment.
  • If you select bank card – fill in the information about your card, and also your address and phone number. This information is required in order to complete your payment.

6. Click on the button at the end of the page to pay, the text on the button depends om which language you have chosen.

7. Done! Your new printouts are now available at your account.

Buy a voucher

If you don’t have a PayPal-account, and you can’t (or don’t want to) use your bank card online, it’s possible to buy a voucher instead. You buy the voucher at the Library or at the Student Reception. This is how it works:

1. Buy a voucher. The Library sells vouchers worth 50 SEK or 100 SEK.

2. Log in to PaperCut. Note that you need to change language before you log in, it’s not possible to change language once you’ve logged in.

3. When you’ve logged in – click on Redeem Card (in the left menu).

4. Enter the code on the voucher (all numbers, letters and hyphens). Click the Redeem Card-button.

5. Done! The print credits are now at your account, and you can throw away the voucher, it has now lost it’s value.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Pictures: Klaz Arvidson

Your library account – here’s how it works!

Here’s a review of the features of your library account – how to see which books you borrowed, which ones you have reserved, if you have overdue fines, how you locate your saved searches, etc.

Log in

To log in to your library account, go to the library’s web page and scroll down to Quick Links a bit down the page and click on what is called My library. If you are a student or staff at the university, log in with your usual user account; if you are a patron who is not affiliated with the university, you will use your personal identity number and chosen password to log in.

If you have searched in Primo, the login option is at the top right corner of the window. Click the link Log in.


Once logged in to the account, you will get to a summary page. Here you can see some of your loans and requests for books, as well as a summary of any overdue fines or fees you might have.

Requested books (reservations and interlibrary loans)

If you click Requests, you will get a list of the books you requested (either by reserving a book that is on loan or ordered as a loan from another library):

Here you can cancel a request, if the book is no longer relevant for you to borrow. If you want to cancel the request, just click Cancel on the current book.


You can also click on Loans to view all your borrowed books, and renew your loans. If there is a button to renew then it’s possible to renew the loan. If the button is missing this means that someone has reserved the book (or that it is an interlibrary loan). But renewing you loans in this way is not necessary because the library has introduced automatic renewals.

Saved searches and search results

When you log in to your library account, you can also find the searches and search results you have saved at aprevious time. To access your searches and saved results, click the pin in the upper right corner of the window. You will then come to what is called My Favorites and you can see the single titles / records you saved earlier, but also the searches you have chosen to save. Learn more about saving searches or saving single titles from your list of results.

Text & pictures: Katharina Nordling

Automatic renewals – here’s how it works!

When you borrow a book at the library, the loan will be automatically renewed if it’s possible – here’s a description of how the procedure works.

An automatic renewal is a renewal that’s made by the system. No one has to do anything, nor you or a librarian. However the system is stopped from doing a renewal of the loan if someone else has made a request for the book, or if the loan period has reached the maximum limit.

It all works like this:

You borrow a book at the Library; the loan period is either 7 or 21 days (depending on if it’s a course book or another book). When it’s two days left of the loan period the systems checks to see if it’s possible to renew the loan, then one of the following scenarios happen:

  1. No one has made a request for the book – the loan is renewed and you get a new loan period for 7 or 21 days (depending on if it’s a course book or another book).
  2. The loan cannot be renewed; you will be notified by e-mail and the original due date remains.

If scenario 1 happens, the same procedure will repeat two days before the new loan period ends.

In practice this means that you can keep the book until you get notified by e-mail that it’s time to return the book. But if you are going to use that practice – you need to check your e-mail address regularly, because in the end it’s you who are responsible of returning your books on time.

Text & Picture: Katharina Nordling

How to find the book in the library

Do you think it’s tricky to find books in the library? We have a great guide on the webthat you can look at, and then you know how you should proceed.

All libraries are structured in a specific way in order to make it possible to find books. To find a book in any library: Always start by searching.

In our library you use Primo at the library’s website to find the exact shelf placement for the book. By searching Primo you will also see directly if the book is at the shelf or not.
Here we see that the book should be found on floor 1 at the course book shelf where all books are not for loan. There are all the books sorted alphabetically.

This book is also for loan and if its avalable, at another shelf on the 4th floor at shelf 808.066 Once you are at the right shelf, the books are arranged in alphabetical order, usually by author but sometimes by the title. Therefore it is important to always search for the book on the web first, before you go up on the shelf. How is the book placed within the shelf? In this case, on the title.

Hopefully you have now found the book and can borrow it!

Text and photo: Lena Holmberg

Rules in the Library

Since the library is a workplace for many students and for us to have a pleasant working environment, we have some rules of conduct that we hope everyone will follow.
When it comes to the sound level and if you get to talk in the library or not, we are not a silent library, which means that it is perfectly OK to sit in the lounge and talk and have discussion in groups, but you should have a low noise level.

If you want to have a little more heated discussions, we have group rooms that you can book and for those who want absolute silence around when they study, we have quiet study room where talking is not allowed.
Although it is all right to talk on your mobile in most places around the library, it is mobile free zone in the area around the information point. Think about the sound level even when you talk on the phone, because it is easy to talk loudly without you know it yourself.

When it comes to food and drink, you get to eat fruit, sweets and some sandwiches in the library. sticky sandwiches like tuna or shrimp sandwiches are not allowed. If you want to eat hot food there is a lunch lounge just outside the library with microwave ovens, 2 refrigerators and a coffee machine. All students have access to the lounge with their tag.

Taking a break from studying and walking away to get something to eat can be a good way to clear your thoughts , regaining focus and get new energy.

You are allowed to have beverage in the Library with a lid on. But remember not to bring soft drinks or energy drinks into the library when it can get really messy if you accidentally pour out a bit.

Text: Tandis Talay
Picture: Unsplash