Lending rules and loan periods

Last changed: 13 December 2016 - slu.se

The SLU University Library is open to the public. When applying for a library card you agree to follow our lending rules.

Anyone over 18 is welcome to become a patron at the SLU University Library. Register on our website and bring your ID card or passport to obtain a library card valid at all SLU University Libraries.

When you register you choose a 4 digit pin code that you use to check out books in the self-checkout machine. You use the same pin code to log in to your library account where you can request books, see your current loans and renew them. 

Your responsibilities as a patron

  • When registering, you agree to follow our current lending rules.
  • You are responsible to inform the library of any changes regarding your address, email address, telephone number or affiliation to SLU.
  • Your library card is considered a personal valuable document and should be treated as such. If you lose your library card, please inform the library who will suspend it from further use. You are responsible for all loans made with the card until you report it missing.
  • You are responsible for returning your loans on time, or renew them if possible.
  • It is not permitted to make notes in library books.
  • The library provides access to databases, e-books and e-journals for non-commercial use.  As a user, you have to follow license agreements and current legislation.

Loan periods

The loan period varies depending on the material. Loans may be renewed for several times during one year, if they have not been requested by another patron. After one year the loan must be returned or be presented at the library.

Long term loans, 30-180 days

You are guaranteed to loan the book for 30 days, and you can keep it for up to 180 days if it has not been requested by another patron. If someone else requests the book the loan period is shortened and you will receive a recall notice. If so, make sure to return the book immediately.

Short term loans, 8-30 days

You are guaranteed a loan period of 8 days, and you can keep it for up to 30 days if it has not been requested by another patron. If someone else requests the book the loan period is shortened and you will receive a recall notice. If so, make sure to return the book immediately. For distance students 4 days are added to the loan period to compensate for postal delivery. 

Reference books, 1 day

Should be returned by 10 am the following day or the first next working day. Late returns results in a delay charge of SEK 20 per hour and book. A reference book cannot be renewed or requested, and if you want to borrow it again you have to wait for 24 hours. 

Interlibrary loans

For material borrowed from libraries outside SLU the rules of the lending library applies. The standard loan period for interlibrary loans is 30 days, but it can be shorter depending on the lending library. Contact the SLU University Library if you want to renew an interlibrary loan. 

Delayed returns

You are responsible for returning your loans on time. The library sends recall notices in order to make it easy for you to remember to return your loans.

When you receive a second recall notice you are suspended from further loans. This suspension is removed if you renew or return the book. It is not possible to renew a book if a third and final recall notice has been issued.

If the material is not returned on time, you are obliged to pay any delay charges. As long as you have unpaid delay charges amounting to SEK 100 or more you are suspended from further loans.

Lost or damaged material

If the material is not returned in spite of subsequent reminders, a bill will be issued. The charge covers the replacement cost, and the minimum charge is SEK 300. In addition to this an administrative fee of SEK 500 per item is issued. Unpaid bills are forwarded to debt collecting.

If you damage or lose the material you have borrowed you are liable to pay compensation. The charge covers the price for a new purchase, plus an administrative fee of SEK 500. The value of a book that is not available for purchase is set to SEK 300.

In agreement with the library you can replace the book yourself in order to avoid fees. 

If you lose a part of a multi-volume work and the part cannot be bought separately you are liable to pay for the replacement of the whole work.

If you lose an interlibrary loan the lending library’s rules applies. 

Facts:

Privacy

Information about loans and requests is protected according to the Law of Secrecy, chapter 22 §9 (SFS 1980:100, 1989:713).