Lunds University

The Oresund lending agreement

14 universities and university colleges in Skåne and Sjælland work together in an organisation called Øresundsuniversitetet, with the aim to support cooperation between these institutions. The Øresund lending agreement has been set up in order to give researchers and students access to the libraries of these educational institutions.

The libraries at Lund University

The Lund University Libraries (LUB) is a network of some thirty libraries having a common library catalogue (Lovisa), the same lending conditions, library cards, e-resources and so on. Information on opening hours and addresses can be found at the LUB homepage

Library rules

The LUB libraries all have the same lending rules. When you take out a library card, you also agree to follow the rules.

If you break the rules …

If you break the libraries’ rules, LUB has the right to refer to the library of your own university to get help to retrieve the material you have borrowed. If you break the rules of the LUB libraries, your borrowing privileges could be affected both at LUB and at your home library.

Databases and electronic journals

You may access databases, e-books and e-journals through the libraries’ computers. Only the students and staff of Lund University have access to the e-resources from their home computers via a personal user ID.

Obtaining a library card

A library card can be obtained from one of the LUB libraries during regular opening hours. Students and researchers from the University of Copenhagen will be asked to present a valid university identity card with photo.

Loan periods

Loan periods may differ between the libraries and also depend on material type. You will find information on loan periods and on other regulations listed on the libraries’ homepages. Typically the loan period for student text books is two weeks and four weeks for other books.

Renew your loans

You can renew loans through the library catalogue Lovisa. You will need the number of your library card (14 digits) and your personal identity number (if you are not a Swedish citizen, you need only 6 digits: year, month and date of birth).

You cannot renew items which you have on loan if:
  • the item has been reserved by another reader
  • the item is overdue
  • you have outstanding fines of more than SEK 100
  • the item belongs to a category that cannot be renewed (typically a book with long loan period)
Return your books

Books and other items should be returned to the library where you borrowed them, within the loan period. If you return your books by mail, you should take care that the books reach the library before the loan period has expired. A notice about overdue will be sent out if you do not return the items on time. The first notice will be sent out on the first day after the loan period has expired and a second one on the seventh day. You are responsible for providing the library with a correct address. If you change your address, you can give the library your new address through Lovisa.


If you do not return the items which you have on loan within the stipulated loan period, you will be required to pay a fine. The fine is to be paid to the library that owns the book.

Lost library card

If you lose your library card, you are required to notify the library of your loss as soon as possible. The library will then block the card. The charge for replacement of a lost card is SEK 25.

The library catalogue Lovisa

The library catalogue Lovisa is common to the LUB libraries. Through Lovisa you can search for books and journals and see if the items are available, request books from storage, reserve books and check and renew loans.

Request books from storage

The University Library (UB Magasin), the Library of Social and Behavioural Sciences (SOB Magasin) and the School of Economics and Management Library all have books in stacks that you may request through Lovisa. Requested material should be collected within a week.

Time of delivery from storage:
  • UB Magasin: available the next day, 12 PM at the latest
  • SOB Magasin: available the next day, 12 PM at the latest
  • School of Economics and Management Library: 1 hour

Through Lovisa you can reserve items that somebody else has on loan. You will be notified by email when the item is available. You may also register or change your email address through Lovisa. Reserved items should be collected within a week.

Last updated: December 17, 2009
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Lund University Libraries, P.O.Box 3, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden. Telephone: +46 46 222 00 00