How it works: Books not available in the library

How it works: In a series of blog posts we try to make the library more understandable to our users. What’s happening in the library? What is the purpose of different machines? What rules are there and why? Read and get some explanations and tips regarding the library!

At the library we have a lot of books, but there are of course books that we don’t have as well. However, the fact that we don’t have a particular book shouldn’t prevent you from reading it. If you need a book we don’t have – we will do our best to get hold of that book for you.

There are two different ways in which we obtain books, the first option we have is to buy the book. If we choose to buy a book, we order it from one of our suppliers, and as soon as the book has arrived and is ready to be lent to you, we’ll send you an e-mail. The format of the book (e-book/printed) depends on whats available. If we buy a printed book you will find the book at the shelf for reserved books in the library. When you are done with the book, you return it and the book will be a part of our collections – ready to be user by another student or teacher.

The second option for us to obtain a book is to make an interlibrary loan. This means that we will borrow the book from another library, and then we lend the book to you. So you will borrow another library’s book, but you do it through us. We order the book from another library, they send us the book, and as soon as the book arrives we’ll send you an e-mail notifying you that the book is waiting for you. When you come to the library to get the book, you’ll find it at the Information Point at the entrance. After you are done with the book, you return it to us, and we send the book back to the other library. If someone else would like to borrow the book at another time, we need to borrow it again.

So what is it that determines which of the above options we choose to get the book for you? In fact there are a number of factors that play into the selection, for example: Is the book new? Is the book’s subject relevant to any of the university disciplines? If the answer is YES to one of these questions it increases the likelihood that we buy the book. If we however believe that it is likely that you are the only one interested in this book, or if the book is old and impossible to buy, we choose to make an interlibrary loan.

Our goal is for you to get access to the books you need whether we actually have the book or not. Therefore it is always worth contacting us if you need a book we do not have, we promise to do our best to find the book for you.

Text: Katharina Nordling
Picture: Mostphotos

Distance student?

Right now, many interlibrary loan requests from you distance students come in to the library, but actually many of those requests doesn’t belong among interlibrary loans. So here is a brief explanation of the difference:

distance student is a person registered as a student at one of the University’s distance programs, and another requirement is that you don’t live in Borås (033 Area).

An interlibrary loan is material (eg a book or article) that we ourselves do not have in the library and therefore must borrow from other libraries. (We do not lend the material that we have in the collections but is on loan at the moment)

As a distance student, you can get books and journal articles sent home who are in the library’s physical collections. You fill in a special form when you order home materials as a distance student. Do not use our form for interlibrary loan, then the order takes much longer, because it end up in the wrong department.

From home, you can access most of the databases the library has subscriptions to and our e-book providers, log in with your regular user/password (same as the PINGPONG). So always start by searching in Summon to see if we have the materials your’e looking for in e-format.

The above description about distance students should not be confused with the interlibrary loan from another library when what you want is not among our collections. For an interlibrary loan price can vary between 40 and 80 SEK / article depending on where in the world it can be ordered from.

As a distance student getting books sent home is free but you pay yourself for the shipping back to us. Getting journal articles copied and sent home is priced from 40 SEK / article. We do not copy material from books that are available for loan in our collections.

Learn more about the services to you as a distance student on our website.


Text: Lisa Carlson

Interlibrary loan system

fjarlanWe are going to change the interlibrary loan system from januari 2014. This means that during the transition period, all data will be transfered from our current system to the new system. What we would like you to do is to please look over your interlibrary loans and return the ones you dont need anymore or are done with.

Do not hasitate to contact the library for any questions.

or 033-435 40 50

Text: Lena Holmberg, Tandis Talay
Image: Tandis Talay

Interlibrary Loan

Looking for a book that we do not have at the university library? Then you can always use interlibrary loan.

Interlibrary loan means that we borrow books or articles for you from other libraries around the country.

If you want to interlibrary loan through the library’s website, you should go into loans and purchases. Select if you want to loan a book or an article. Note! you should know that for ordering an article it´s going to cost 40kr/article.

Fill out the form with chippnr and last name. Make sure that your name, address and E-mail are correct. Enter then book title, author and year. Remember that all fields with a red star must be filled. Now you can click on the send-off so that your order sends to the library’s interlibrary loan department.

To order an article, enter the title of the journal, author, volume and number. Enter as much information as possible so that we quickly can order your article. Even here must all fields with a red star be filled.

Text: Tandis Talay