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We can assist you with borrowing books and related issues. You can do a lot yourself, including borrowing and returning books in the self-service machine and reserving and checking your loans and orders in the LUBcat library catalogue. Do not hesitate to ask at the information desk or via the online chat if you need help.

How to get a library account

If you are a student or staff at Lund University, use your LU card as a library card.

  1. If you are student or staff you first need to get a LU-card, if you do not already have one.
    LU-card
  2. Activate your LU card as a ibrary card by clicking the link "Register new account" in the right side menu in LUBcat.
    LUBcat
  3. Visit us at the information desk and we will help you with the final steps.

Others not affiliated with Lund University will get another type of library card. To get the card please visit any of the libraries at Lund University. Please note that you must be 18 years or older.

Libraries at Lund university

How to order and borrow material

In the LUBcat library catalogue, you can see which items are available at the University Library and where to find them. You can retrieve items form ÖS (Open collection) yourself, whereas some must be ordered in advance.

LUBcat library catalogue

Open collection (shelf ÖS in the library catalogue): this is on floor 3. Here you can help yourself to the books you want.

Storage (location UB Magasin in the library catalogue): you order these items via LUBcat and collect them the next day after 1 pm (Mon-Fri). You will receive an email confirming that the item has been retrieved from storage for you. The item is available for collection for one week.

External storage (location UB Depå in the library catalogue): you order the item via LUBcat and collect it the next day after 3 pm (Mon-Fri), in exceptional cases two working days later. You will receive an email confirming that the item has been retrieved from storage for you. The item is available for collection for one week.

In house use only : material that is only available for consultation within the library. Read more under "Materials for in house use" in the left hand menu.
Materials for in house use

Older literature: ordered through the Catalogue -1957 or by using a printed form available from the information desk.

Manuscripts and special collections: ordered either by sending a request to handskrift [at] ub [dot] lu [dot] se or by a printed form available from the information desk and in the Special Collections Reading Room. The material will be available the next day after 1 pm (Mon-Fri).

How to pick up your orders

Storage and external storage books are available at the reserved shelves located in the central part of the entrance floor. You register the loan by using the self-service machine right next to the reserved shelves or at the information desk.
Material for in house use only are picked up and registered at the information desk; they are also kept there when you are not using it.

How to join a waiting list

If the book you are looking for is out on loan, you can join a waiting list by  the button "Queue for all items"  in LUBcat. This will reveal how many people are on the waiting list for the book. When the book is returned to the library, you will be notified via email.

How to check your loans

You can check your loans and requests by loggin in to LUBcat . You cannot renew loans from the University library yourself in LUBcat, but you can do so by bringing your books in to the library.

Loan periods and returns

Items from the Open Collection and on-site storage can be borrowed for at least 28 days, but you can continue to have the book for up to six months if no one is waiting to borrow it. The maximum loan period for researchers is 12 months.

When the University Library is closed, you can return books via the book drop box on the west side of the building. You can also return University Library books to other libraries within Lund University.

Late returns

If you forget to return your borrowed books on time, we will send you a reminder via email. If you still do not return the book we send an invoice for the item’s purchase price and a handling fee of SEK 300. Read more about lending conditions and late returns in the right hand column.

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