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Find out how to order, borrow, and return books and other items. You can see the items you have borrowed in the library catalogue LUBcat.

A librarian and a student looking at a computer screen. Photo: Johan Bävman.

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Library cards and borrowing rights

If you are a student at Lund University or a member of staff you use your LU Card as your library card. You must create an account before you can borrow or order books. If you are a student or a member of staff, you create an account in the library catalogue LUBcat. If you are neither a student at Lund University nor a member of staff, you apply for a library card at any of the Lunds University Libraries (you will need to show photo ID).

Borrowing and returning books

You can borrow books from the Circulation Desk when staffed. You can also borrow books using the self-service terminals near the information desk. To borrow books you will need your LU Card or library card and your PIN code. Instructions for use are available on the terminals.

You can return books at the Circulation Desk when staffed, or in the return boxes outside any branch of the Library of Science. You can also return books to any of the Lund University Libraries.

Log into your LU Card profile to see your library PIN code –

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Non-borrowable material

Certain items such as journals and reference works must be read onsite. Non-borrowable items are collected and returned at the Circulation Desk, where items are held when you are not using them.

Ordering books

Use the library catalogue LUBcat to order books or to request the return of books out on loan, except for borrowable course textbooks (which must be borrowed onsite from the branch of the Library of Science in question).

When you order a book, you can choose which Lund University library to collect it from. Fetching times are 1–3 days. When your book is ready to collect you will receive an automatic email notification. Once fetched, the book will be held for seven days. You can nominate someone to collect items for you if you cannot come to the library yourself. The person you have nominated must show your LU Card or library card, your photo ID, and their photo ID at the Circulation Desk.

Loan periods and renewals

Books on required reading lists may be borrowed for up to 14 days. All other books may be borrowed for up to 28 days. You will be notified by email when a book is due for return.

Books will automatically renew after their loan period unless they have been requested for return. The number of automatic renewals depends on the book and the reader category.

The Biology Library’s field guides (shelf class ‘GU’) may be borrowed for up to 14 days, but will not be automatically renewed.

Overdue books and fines

Overdue books

Library reminders are sent via email, but it is your responsibility to manage your library borrowing and return or renew your items on time. You can see when to return your books by logging into LUBcat.


Lund University libraries will resume charging late fees for overdue textbooks as of 15 September 2021. Late fees were suspended on 19 March 2020 as a Covid-19 measure. The fine is SEK 10 per book and day.

If you have outstanding fines of SEK 100 or more, you won’t be able to borrow or order further items until your fine has been paid. The debt arises at the library to which the book belongs, but you can pay the debt at any of the libraries within the Library of Science. You can pay by Swish. At the Geolibrary, you can also pay by bank card.

If you do not return a book or if you lose a book, we will bill you to cover the cost of replacing it, plus an administration fee of SEK 300.

Distance students

Distance students at Lund University have the same access as onsite students to library services and resources. You have access to ebooks, ejournals, and databases. You are welcome to contact us if you need help with reference management or finding literature for written assignments, for example.