Welcome back!

Welcome back on the new year! The library starts today to publish social media again and we hope for a great spring semester. We hope that you enjoyed the Christmas holiday and had time to be free from your studies at least for a while. Many of you may even have been here at the library during the Christmas and New Years when we had limited opening hours. From today, the library is open as usual and soon the semester will start again. Welcome to the library!

Do you want to learn more about what is happening at the library then check out the web.

Text: Lena Holmberg
Picture: Anna Sigge


Library users get higher grades!

A common thought among students (according to personal experience and some research done among friends) at the start of a new semester or course is: This time I will be diligent and in good time with all my reports and exams! The reason for this promise to yourself might be to get better grades, to learn more from the course or maybe just to be more efficient and be able to use some of your time on more fun things. Sometimes this promise lasts throughout the whole course/semester and sometimes it just falls apart after a day, or a week.

If the purpose of the promise you’ve made is to get better grades, then here’s a tip for you: Use the Library!

During the fall 2014 a research project called Library Impact Data Project (LIDP) was finished at the University of Huddersfield, in which they studied how library use affects the study results. The researchers studied data on student library use (use of e-resources, borrowing statistics and library gate entries) and data on the student attainment. There were a total of eight different universities in the UK that were included in the study. The conclusion was that there is a clear correlation between high library use and level of degree result. However, one can not say for certain that the relationship is causal.

So if you have set you mind to be diligent in order to get better grades, why not use the Library more? Even if the was no certain causal relationship between library use and student attainment, the use of library materials most likely won’t make things worse for you.

Welcome to the Library, and use all of our resources, both physical books and articles, e-material and our staff – the Librarians are more than happy to help you!


Text: Katharina Nordling

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

Welcome to a new semester!

Welcome all of you new and old students and researchers!

It’s time for a new semester and today is the first day, and for many of you this a known environment to come back to – but for some of you the University of Borås is a whole new experience. Maybe new accommodation, new city, new student buddies and new courses. Here on the libraryblog we want to give you a few tips that can help you, new or old student regarding library services:

  • A reference copy of all required textbooks are available on the 1st floor – these books can not be borrow and are only for use in the library.
  • All textbooks for loan stands on each subjectshelf in the library. Many textbooks are also available as e-books.
  • Most of our materials can be found by searching in Summon (our discovery tool). You find the searchbox on our website.
  • Photocopying is available the 1st floor.
  • Printers are available on level 2, 3, 4 and 5, be sure to select the printer on the floor you’re on.
  • Most study rooms are located on floor 5 – You book the room through Kronox.
  • All books are in numerical order – from 000 on level 2.5 to 999 on the 4th floor.
  • Adjust the sound level to a normal conversational tone, this is a place of work for many people. Mind also to put your phone silent.
  • Keep in mind that you’re not allowed to eat in the library. Drinks with lids, fruit and candy are ok but for eating please visit the café outside the library, or the lounge with microwaves on the second floor outside the library. Towards the end of the year, your own lunchlounge will be ready where our previously quiet reading room was located.
  • If you need help with informationseeking just come ask the librarian at the informationpoint, we will gladly help you.
  • If you have questions concerning your account, trouble in Word or other questions we will try to help you the best we can.

Read more on our website where we gathered information for you as a new student, or our quick guide to library resources.

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Yet again – warm welcome to the Library at the University of Borås.
studentliv_1 Text: Lisa Carlson

Future of libraries

Via Peter Alsbjer’s blog (in Swedish).

Some knowledgeable librarians and library consultants are discussing library trends. David Lee King writes a blog about library trends and social media is leading the conversation where among others Marshall Breeding takes part. They are discussing among other things the mobile technology and digital library user experiment men även 3D printing and makerspace and the effect this has on libraries. The film is an hour long.

One other report which might be of interest to read is the Horizon Report 2013 Higher Education Edition. Also in this report 3D-printing, makerspace and maker-movement is discussed.

Maker-movement is about anyone coming in and working on their own or someone else’s project, share experience and knowledge. To co-operate is also an important part in the movement. The idea is to inspire people to become creators instead of just consuming but how does it effect the library? In what way can a library be or become a maker space? The White House and Obama administration have been interested in the movement and are going to arrange a Maker Faire.

Pieta Eklund

Nobel Prize in Physics

During this week before the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockolm and Oslo, December 10, we present the Nobel Prize winners and what they have received the prize for.

The Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs.It was in 1964 when the two of them, independently of each another suggested a theory on how particles acquire mass. In 2012 the theory was confirmed by the discovery of the so called Higgs particle at CERN laboratory in Switzerland.

The importance with the discovery is that the mechanism for how particles acquire mass is a central part in the Standard Model in physics. This model describes how the world is built. According to it all things consists of matter particles which are governed by force particles which make everything work as it should. The Standard Model needs just one more particle, namely the Higgs particle, to be complete. Like all matter particles have their matter field the force particles have their force field and Higgs particle has Higgs field. This field can be described like a sort of vibration which gives the other particles mass, which in turn is important for how atoms and moleules are built and held together. If Higgs field wasn’t there all materia would collapse.

CERN has been working to find the Higgs particle. Last year, July 4th 2012, they announced the discovery of the Higgs partile and Engelrts and Higgs theory was confirmed.

François Englert is born 1932 in Etterbeek, Belgium. Today he is Professor emeritus at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgien

Peter Higgsis born 1929 in Newcastle, Storbritannien. Today he is Professor emeritus at University of Edinburgh, Storbritannien.

CERN accounces the discovery of the Higgs particle.

Reading tips and a longer popular science background to the Higgs particle from Nobelprize.org.

Pieta Eklund

How to find a book in the library

Our guestblogger Elisabeth enables us to find books in the library, but how does one go about to actually find them?

If you want to find a book in the library, the best way to start is to search for the book at our web page. By doing so you will find out at which shelf in the library the book is to be found at, and also if the book is available or not.

When you have done your search for the book, you will get a list of results with all the documents that match your search criterias. Choose the book you want by clicking it. A new window will open, containing more information about the book:

When you arrive to the right floor, search for the right shelf by looking at the signs at the start/end of each shelf.

When you have located the right shelf, find the right section of the shelf. The sections are arranged in numerical order:

Once you found the right section it’s time to look for the actual book. The books are placed alphabetically according to the spine labels:

You should now have the book in your hand, if not and you want some help finding it – please ask a librarian for help. You can always find a librarian willing to help you at the information point by the entrance to the library.

Text & Picture: Katharina Nordling