How to find the book in the library

Do you think it’s tricky to find books in the library? We have a great guide on the webthat you can look at, and then you know how you should proceed.

All libraries are structured in a specific way in order to make it possible to find books. To find a book in any library: Always start by searching.

In our library you use Primo at the library’s website to find the exact shelf placement for the book. By searching Primo you will also see directly if the book is at the shelf or not.
Here we see that the book should be found on floor 1 at the course book shelf where all books are not for loan. There are all the books sorted alphabetically.

This book is also for loan and if its avalable, at another shelf on the 4th floor at shelf 808.066 Once you are at the right shelf, the books are arranged in alphabetical order, usually by author but sometimes by the title. Therefore it is important to always search for the book on the web first, before you go up on the shelf. How is the book placed within the shelf? In this case, on the title.

Hopefully you have now found the book and can borrow it!

Text and photo: Lena Holmberg

Automatic renewals – here’s how it works!

When you borrow a book at the library, the loan will be automatically renewed if it’s possible – here’s a description of how the procedure works.

An automatic renewal is a renewal that’s made by the system. No one has to do anything, nor you or a librarian. However the system is stopped from doing a renewal of the loan if someone else has made a request for the book, or if the loan period has reached the maximum limit.

It all works like this:

You borrow a book at the Library; the loan period is either 7 or 21 days (depending on if it’s a course book or another book). When it’s two days left of the loan period the systems checks to see if it’s possible to renew the loan, then one of the following scenarios happen:

  1. No one has made a request for the book – the loan is renewed and you get a new loan period for 7 or 21 days (depending on if it’s a course book or another book).
  2. The loan cannot be renewed; you will be notified by e-mail and the original due date remains.

If scenario 1 happens, the same procedure will repeat two days before the new loan period ends.

In practice this means that you can keep the book until you get notified by e-mail that it’s time to return the book. But if you are going to use that practice – you need to check your e-mail address regularly, because in the end it’s you who are responsible of returning your books on time.

Text & Picture: Katharina Nordling

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

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

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

You borrow more!

That’s the news when our media department presented statistics of last year’s (2012) lending.

The physical loans decreases, you have borrowed 11% less physical books, but this is offset by the fact that e-book loans are increasing. They have risen by 21% since 2011. Since our purchases increasingly consists of e-materials, and not printed material, that is of course very gratifying. The most borrowed e-book was 2012:


You also download an increasing number of articles, in fact 22% more in 2012 than in 2011. 275213 to be precise. This is a trend that libraries who acquired discovery systems as our Summon often can testify to. This type of system makes articles and e-books available in a whole new way for your users.

Which magazines are you reading the most then? We have a number of magazines to read in the library which is used extensively in our lounge. Of the 10 most read online nine is of scientific journal-type where Bioresource Technology peaks, followed by a mixture of various healthcare journals as the Journal of Advanced Nursing, as well as a few management / business journals such as Industrial Marketing Management and Journal of Business Research. The magazine that holds the seventh place is a bit different in character, we find the fashion magazine Vogue here. Which you can read through the library’s electronic subscription via Summon.


Text: Lisa Carlson