Course Reference Books

ref.eng1Now that we are in the midterms we have noticed that our reference books are being used diligently on floor 1. The library does not have the opportunity to have class sets of course books, but we try to ensure that a copy of each course book is available for reading in the library.

Don´t forget to put back the course reference book on one of the trolleys in the library when you are done with it so that the next person can find it. That´s why it is important that the books are not placed in any cabinet or hidden somewhere else but are placed on the trolleys or on the right shelf.

ref.engOur student assistants put back all the books in the right shelf every evening.





Text: Lena Holmberg
Picutre: Tandis Talay


The reference copy

The library aims to have a copy of all the books that appear on a literature list to any of the University’s courses. This copy is meant to be used only in the library, and can’t be borrowed home.

How do we know if a book is available as reference copy? We start as usual from Summon which is the library search service. Write the title or author in the search box and you get a list of results that looks something like this:


Here you find all the information you need to know if the book is a reference copy. If you choose to click through from the results list, you get more detailed information of the book:


Then it’s time to visit the 1st floor of the library where there is a shelf with books labeled Course Reference. To find the book you can see the green rings in the pictures above. They indicate where on the shelf the book is. In this case the book under the letter B for Bryman, the book’s author. But the book can also be on the title so be sure to note the information on the location. If the book is not in place, the most common explanation that it is used by someone else and it usually comes in place during the day. If you can’t find the book several days in a row it’s good to contact the information desk on level 2. If you find that one of the books on your course list does not have a reference copy please also contact information desk to inform of the book’s title and to what course it belongs.

Text & pictures: Lisa Carlson