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Loans and requests

The university libraries in Lund are public and open to everyone. Even if you are neither a student nor staff you are welcome to use the libraries and borrow books. You need to be at least 18 years old and be resident in Sweden. Welcome to our libraries in Lund or Malmö to apply for a library card!

Please register for a library account before you visit us and pick up your library card, and do not forget to bring valid photo ID. At the library information desk you also get a PIN code to use at the self-service machines.

You can use the library catalogue LUBcat to search for literature and see where it is located. If the book is already out on loan you can request it. You can also check your loans and in some cases extend them. All the libraries within Lund University have the same lending conditions and library card.

LU card as library card for students and employees

Students and staff at Lund University use their LU card as their library card. At the service points you can also borrow with a ID card, including RSID card.

Use PIN code at the self-service machines. Forgot the PIN code for your LU card? Log into the LU card portal with your student ID or Lucat. If you don´t have a LU card, please contact the library staff at the library information desks.

Loan periods

The loan period for course literature is two weeks.

For other books in our collections the loan period is 28 days with automatic renewal as long as the book is not requested by another patron. You are personally responsible for your loans and keeping track of lending periods.

Reference books can be checked out but must be returned the same day. They need to be checked out at our service points.

Request a Book and Renew your Loans 

You can check your loans and make a request in to the library catalogue. Log in with your Swedish personal number or equivalent (12 digits), and type your own password. If you have an LU card it's normally the number under your name, just add 19 before.

If there are no requests for the books you have borrowed, you can renew ten times. You can also renew your loans at the library information desks.

Pick up location for books requests
You can request books from other libraries at Lund University, and choose your preferred pickup location for most of the books.


Books are returned in the self-service machine at our libraries in Lund and Malmö. Book return boxes are also located outside the libraries at HSC in Lund and CRC in Malmö. At BMC, a return box is placed outside the book room. You can return books at any of the libraries within Lund University.

Late Returns and Fines

When applying for a library account, new patrons commit to the regulations of Lund University Libraries. If you forget to return your borrowed books on time, we will send you a reminder via e-mail.

Fines for delayed books are 10 SEK per book and day. Fines are paid at the library information desks in our libraries at BMC, CRC or HSC. We accept only card payments: Visa, MasterCard or Maestro. If you still do not return the book we will send an invoice for the item’s purchase price and a handling fee of SEK 300.

Order Articles and Interlibrary Loan Service

Employees and students at the Faculty of Medicine in Lund and Malmö can order articles and books that are not available at Lund University libraries through the Library and ICT unit. Requested articles are usually delivered to employees via e-mail. Some articles are delivered printed via internal mail. Students collect and pay requested articles at the library information desks.

Ordered articles cost 80 SEK per article. Interlibrary loans from libraries in the Nordic countries are free. Interlibrary loans from libraries outside the Nordic countries cost 150 SEK per book.

Article Book Order Form

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Summer Loans and Opening Hours

Kallbadhuset i Malmö

Course books borrowed May 22 or later will have due date September 4.

Summer Opening Hours

June 10 - June 14: Open 10am to 1pm
15 June -– 18 August: Closed
August 19 - August 30: Open 10am to1pm

When our libraries are closed, reurn your loans at the University Library in Lund.

Order articles & books

27 June 27 – 18 August: Closed