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.

Library card?

No matter if you are a new or old student at the University of Borås you might have some questions about library cards. To be able to borrow books from the Library you need a library card, but how do you get it? And is anyone allowed to borrow books from the Library? How does it really work?

chipAs a student at the university you don’t have a specific library card, it’s the black chip that you received at the introduction that you use when borrowing books. When you’re about to borrow a book you need the chip and the PIN (four digits) that you chose when you got the chip. If you have forgotten the PIN, no need to worry, bring your ID card/passport and visit the Information Point in the Library or the Student Center and you can set a new PIN. The same goes if you have not yet received a chip, bring your ID card/passport and visit the Information Point in the Library or the Student Center.

If you are registered as a distance student and need your library card before your first meet up in Borås, fill in this form and we will send you a chip.

Are you not a student at the University of Borås, but you still want to use the Library and borrow books? That’s perfectly fine! Bring your ID card to the Information Point in the Library and we’ll make sure that you can borrow books. You won’t get a physical library card (or chip), instead you will use your Personal identity number and a PIN when you are borrowing books.

Text & Picture: Katharina Nordling

Getting a librarycard?

A few of you who start their studies this fall finds your way into the library, wanting to get a library card and start looking for literature. In our library, we no longer use library cards. However, you can use your chip, which also is used for accessing the universitys premises, to borrow books with, along with the pin code that you chose. If you need to change your pin code, contact the Studentoffice or the library information desk and we will help you change it.

chipIf you’re a brand new student and not yet received any chip but still want to borrow books, you get this when you visit us for the first time. Don’t forget that a lot of literature is available in digital format and require your personal login that the university provides you with. Students with reading and writing difficulties are able to borrow course literature in alternative formats from MTM (Swedish Agency for Accessible Media), see our website for further information.

If you’re not a student at the university you use your swedish personal number along with a pin code that you choose when visiting us for the first time for borrowing books. This way of borrowing can also be used by students, staff or faculty.


Text and picture: Lisa Carlson