The Library Resources are not on Holidays!

Christmas and holiday season is approaching and with that also some closed days at the Library. We know that many of you are working hard with your home exams and other assignments during this time

Please keep in mind that you can access most of our resources electronically even if the Library is closed.

Examples of what you can do from home through the library’s website

In order to use all of the library services when you are outside campus, eg at home, it’s important that you always start from the library website, thus you get the “right way in” to all our resources and material. 

To access some resources, such as databases, articles and e-books, you need to log in with your S-number (the same as to Ping Pong) to verify that you are our student and have the right to access the resources. 

If you are using Google Scholar, you can also customize so that you can access the Library full texts that way (go to settings  and choose library links and add Borås University).

You can of course e-mail us even if we are closed –  we will respond to you as soon as we are back. Our opening hours for Christmas and New Year are available on our web.

Take care of yourself and do not forget to rest a little during your Holidays!

Text: Christel Olsson, updated by Klaz Arvidson
Picture: Pixabay

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

Click your way to more information about the book you want to borrow

Are you looking for a book in Primo to find out if it’s available to borrow at the library, then it’s worth clicking a few times past the results list, then you can clearly see if the book is available or not.

Let’s take an example and search for the book Business research methods.

In the result list we get the following information:This means that there are one item of the book available among the course books at floor 1 (the course books you can’t bring outside the library). But it also says that there are items available at other locations. We get more information about these items if we click either the title of the book or the information about location.

Here is again information that the book is available among the course books that are not available for lending (Floor 1 Course Books Reference), but there’s also information that there are two copies of the book at floor 3 in the library. We can also see that none of them are available. But you can click this post as well.

We’ll click the link to the copies located at floor 3 and get information about each copy of the book. One of them are waiting to be picked up since it’s been requested by someone, and the other one is actually overdue – so it should be back any day.

So the more you click – the more information you get.

Text & picture: Katharina Nordling

Searching for articles in Primo – here’s how it works!

To search Primo is very much like searching our previous discovery system Summon, although there are some differences – in this blog post we will give you some guidance on how to use Primo to find articles! Use the search box at the Library start page as usual.

  • To locate a known article, just enter the title of the article and click the search button.
  • To find articles on a specific subject, enter your initial search terms and click the search button.

  • All articles in the results shall be available through the Library’s journal subscriptions. Click the ”Full text available” link to get to the article.

  • If you are looking for research articles you can start by applying the following settings:

  • Use the filters menu on the left side to further narrow down your search. You can easily remove filters one by one by clicking the x or remove all settings with “Reset filters”. You can narrow by language, year of publication, peer reviewed materials and more.

  • A new feature in Primo is the possibility to save your searches for future use. If you are not already logged in, start by clicking “Sign in” and then “Save query” in the menu bar:

  • Click the Pin icon to save interesting articles to a favorites list on your Primo account. Selected articles will be marked with a yellow colour in the results list.

  • Access your saved search queries and saved articles (My Favorites) by clicking the:

  • To get back to your search click the:
  • Click the three dots icon in the results list to access an options menu where you can create citations, links and send the link by e-mail to yourself or to someone else.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how to use Primo!

Text: Sara Hellberg

Reservation for book in Primo – here’s how it works

If you have been searching for a book in Primo and it turns out to be on loan (and you don’t need the book the same day), you might want to make a reservation for the book. Now you can easily make reservations on your own in Primo; here is a brief description of how it works:

1. Search for the book in Primo on the Library web page. When you locate the book in the hit list – click on the book title.

2. Log in to the system with your UB-account.

3. Click the Request link. It will only be available if all copies of the book are on loan. If there are copies available in the Library, the link will not be there (because it is not possible to reserve books when there are copies available for loan).

4. Click the Request button. If you want to, you can change the date for how long the request will be active (an opportunity if you know that if you don’t get the book before a certain date, you don’t need the book at all).

5. Once you’ve clicked Request you will get a notification that the request was activated. If you don’t get this notification – please contact the Information Point.

6. As soon as the book is available for you we place it on the shelf for reserved books. It will be placed alphabetically by your last name.

7. Now you’ll receive an e-mail notifying you that the book is waiting for you at the library. The book will be on the shelf, waiting for you for five days, the last pickup date will be specified in the e-mail we sent you.

8. Once you found the book, you borrow it in the machines next to the entrance as usual.


Notice: You cannot make a request for a book that you’ve already borrowed, or a book that you already have an active request for.

Text & picture: Katharina Nordling

Searching for books in Primo – here’s how it works!

To search in Primo is very much alike searching in our previous discovery system Summon, although there are some differences – in this blog post we will give you some guidance on how to use Primo to find books! Use the search box at the Library start page as usual.

  • Search with quotes to find an exact title “Business research methods” or truncate by changing the ending of a word to * when you want to find all variations of a specific word. For example method* (= method, methods, methodology, methodologys etc.).

  • A search will give you books, articles and other kinds of material, you can limit your results to only books by using the facet Resource Type.

  • Primo groups different editions and versions of the same book, click on the title to see all the editions and chose which one you want.

If there’s only one printed version and one electronic version, they are shown like this:

  • If you click an e-book you will be transferred to a page where you can read and/or download the book.
  • If you click on a printed book you will see how many copies we have of the book, on which shelf you can find it, if it’s available (or on loan). If it’s on loan, you will be able to make a request of the book. (Nota Bene! – at the moment you need to contact biblioteket@hb.se to request books! We are working to solve the issue and make it possible to reserve books in Primo.)

  • If you want Primo to limit your results to printed books in the Library – click The Library.
  • If you want Primo to limit your results to printed books that’s not on loan at the moment – click Available in the Library.

By clicking the pin you can save the book to a favourite list in your account, smart if you want to keep the information about the book for later. Click the large pin icon in the pink upper menu bar to get to your Favourites list and see your saved titles.

In the menu that appears when you click the three dots next to each title in your search result you can create references and more.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how to use Primo!

Text: Sara Hellberg