A valid document for lending purposes is a library card issued by the libraries at Lund University, and this must be shown every time you wish to borrow literature. When you use your library card, you undertake to follow our lending conditions.
Starting August 2016 the LU card is valid as a library card.
A valid identity document can in exceptional cases be used instead of a library card in libraries with suitable card reading equipment.
Use our library catalogue Lovisa to search for literature, both printed and electronic, and see where it is located. If it is kept in the stacks or in external storage, you need to order it. If the item is already out on loan, you can queue for it. Select yourself at which of the University Libraries you want to retrieve it.
In Lovisa you can also check your loans and change your contact information.
Course books - are placed on open shelves in the room past the computers. The borrowing time is two weeks and the overdue fee is 10 SEK per book and day. If there is no queue you can extend the borrowing time.
Course books as reference copies can only be read in the library and are picked up in the circulation desk.
Open Collection (Öppen samling - ÖS) - our open collection consists of popular circulating literature, and is placed on open shelves in front of the circulation desk. You are guaranteed a loan period of 28 days, and thereafter the book can be requested by someone else.
Closed stacks and the Research Policy Institute Library - these books are placed in closed stacks and must be ordered in our library catalogue Lovisa. A notification is sent out via e-mail when the book is available for pick-up. You are guaranteed a loan period of 28 days, and thereafter the book can be requested by someone else.
Journals - our journals are placed in closed stacks and must be ordered in our library catalogue Lovisa. A notification is sent out via e-mail when the journal is available for pick-up. The borrowing time is one week.
The present volume of a selection of our journals are placed on open shelves in our basement. These may not be taken home.
Annual reports - are placed on open shelves in our basement. The borrowing time is two weeks.
E-books - can be found in Lovisa and in LUBsearch. Most e-books can be downloaded and sometimes you can print a selection of pages. If you want to read an e-book outside the campus, you log in with your Student- or Lucat-ID.
We have a transport system between our libraries, which means that you can collect and return books at any library. Books, returned in book drops, are checked in the following working day. Course books that are overdue then will generate an overdue fee (10 SEK per day).
You have an obligation to observe the length of the loan period and to return your borrowed items no later than the due date. We try to assist you in managing your loans and avoiding fines by sending you e-mail reminders and overdue notices. These are sent as a courtesy only, please note that you cannot rely on them. You are, regardless of the circumstances, responsible for all your borrowed materials being returned on time.
What happens if you return the material to late?
Course books that are overdue genereta an overdue fee of 10 SEK per book and day. You pay the overdue fee at the library that owns the book. At the LUSEM library you can only pay by card.
If the item is not returned on time, we will send a reminder through email. After about three weeks you will get an e-mail which tells you that you must return the material within one week, or you will get an invoice for the acquisition cost or for the handling fee. A week later you will get the invoice by regular mail.
As a borrower you are responsible for the borrowed item until it is registered as returned in our library system. If you go away or become ill, please arrange for someone else to return the item for you. It can also be sent by post to us.
If you for some reason cannot return the material, you have to replace it. The easiest way to do this, is to buy a new copy and give it to the library.
You are always welcome to contact us if you are having problems with your loans!
We don't send overdue notices in print
Lund University Libraries do not send print overdue letters. Those who want notice of delayed items have to register an e-mail address in our library catalogue Lovisa. If you don't have a registered e-mail address you have to regularly check your loans in Lovisa.