Your chip – here’s how it works!

The black chip that you you received when you started at the University, it’s used to a lot of different things, but do you know everything you use your chip for? Here’s a quick review for you.

Library card

You use the chip to borrow books in the library. Together with the four-digit PIN you chose, sign in to our lending devices at the entrance and borrow the books you want. If you want to keep track of what you borrowed, log in to Your library at the webpage. You do not need to use the chip when you return the books you borrowed.

Print / Copy

You print and copy using your chip. Keep the chip over the specified field on the copier / printer and the login will be very smooth. If you have forgotten your chip, you can log in to the copier / printer with your S-number and password.

Access card

The chip is used as an access card to the university’s premises. Your chip is programmed and will open the doors you are entitled to open. During certain times of the day, you will need to enter your four-digit PIN when using your access card.

If you should lose your chip, is it important that you block it as soon as you can – send an e-mail to the Library and to Campus Service. The fee for a new chip is 100 SEK, and you get your new chip either at the Library or at the Student Center.

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 PayPal account (if you happen to have one). This is how it works:

1. Log in to PaperCut. Note that you papercut_loginneed 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”:

fyll_utskrifter5. 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 buttom 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 papercut_loginneed 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 & pictures: Katharina Nordling

Printing – here’s how you do it!

Do you need to print a document, but you’re not sure how to do it? Then this is what you need to read! This instruction explains how you print from the computers at the university. If you want to print a document from your laptop – please contact the Information Point at the entrance to the Library.

At the computer

The most important part when you’re about to print, is to select the right printer. And that’s not very hard – you should ALWAYS select the printer called Print-and-Collect.

How the printing dialog (the frame where you manage your prints) looks depends on which program you are printing from. Here are two examples, the print dialog in Microsoft Word and in Adobe Acrobat (program for pdf-files):

utskrift utskrift2Click on the pictures if you want to see them better!


Make sure that the right printer is selected, that’s Print-and-Collect (it is usually right, so you probably do not need to change) – then you click at the button Print (in Swedish Skriv ut). Done!

At the printer

Okay, so far so good. The document has been printed. Now what? Where do you go to get it? The thing is that you can now go to any printer – at the whole university – at the printer you get your printed document. At the Library, we have printers on each floor (except floor 2.5). The printers are quite big, and looks like copying machines (in fact, they are coping machines as well as printers and scanners). When you found a printer, here’s what you do:

  1. Log in to the printer, using your black chip or your S-number and password.
  2. Select Release by pressing this “button” on the touch screen.
  3. Select the document you want to print by pointing at it at the touch screen. The document will be marked with a yellow line when you’ve selected it.
  4. Press the blue button (it’s a real button – not on the touch screen).
  5. Voila! You document is printed!

If your document won’t print, it might depend on that you don’t have enough printing credentials left on your printing account. Contact the Information Point for directions on how to refill your printing account. When you have done that, you just return to the printer, and get you document (no need to print from the computer again).

If you have any questions – please contact the Information Point by the entrance to the Library. We can help you to print!

Text & pictures: Katharina Nordling

Journals in textile and fashion

Textile and fashion is a profile area for research at the University of Borås. How does this reflects in the library collections? Well, in quite a few ways we hope. Here in this blog post, we highlight some examples of journals in this subject with fun, interesting and different solutions.

The vast majority of our journals is available online and you can access them through computer, tablet or phone. The journals Hali, Dazed & Confused and Selvedge are provided by Exact Editions and has a pretty cool feature. If you walk around the University premises with a tablet or smartphone and have downloaded the Exact Editions app (only available for iPad and iPhone), you can read these three journals without logging in. The app detects that you are in the university premises, and gives you access to the journals.

Dazed & confusedYou can scroll through different issues, get inspired by the razor-sharp images – all this thourgh the app.

Selvedge framsidaAn interesting database in the design field is Vogue Archive. As a student or staff of HB you can reach complete issue, including advertising, of American Vogue all the way back to 1892. You can of course also search the archive for articles and images based on fashion designer, photographer / illustrator, business / brand, type of garment, textile materials and more. Please try it!

Vogue archiveAlthough the library is investing a lot of money in electronic journals we have not forgotten about the printed journals. All of the print journals that somehow relates to the topics textile, art or design field, is on display on the 1st floor of the library. Here you can find a number of prominent fashion magazines: Collezioni Donna (women’s), Sport & Street Collezioni, Collezioni Uomo (men’s fashion), Maglieria italiana, Vogue (Italian edition), Uomo Vogue, iD magazine, Sportswear International.
bloggen 012A textile journal that we want to push a little extra for the Ecotextile News. The journal, which is well known in the industry, focusing on the environment and sustainability in the global textile and clothing chain. We subscribes to this journal in print and you’ll find the latest issue on the 1st floor and the other numbers in roller shelves  P: 205.

Ecotextile newsText and picture: Hanna Hallnäs