Lending rules

Last changed: 03 July 2024

The SLU University Library is open to everyone. By using the library you agree to follow our lending rules.

SLU students and employees automatically have a library account. External users not affiliated with SLU can get a library account by contacting the library.

You have to be 18 or older to get a library account. If you live outside Sweden and wish to borrow from our collections, please contact your local library to use their interlibrary loan service. 

Your responsibilities as a patron

When you choose to use the library you also agree to follow our lending rules, and to observe any changes.

  • When you borrow a book it is your responsibility to observe the due date and return the book when it is due.
  • You are responsible for the books that you have borrowed until they are returned and checked in.
  • It is not allowed to make notes in library books.
  • The library provides access to databases, e-books and e-journals for non-commercial use.  When using the electronic resources you are obliged to follow license agreements and current legislation.

Late returns

  • Loans from the SLU University Library collections, except for reference books, are automatically renewed as long as nobody else has requested the book or the maximum loan period has been reached. If renewal is not possible you will receive an email informing you about this a few days in advance.
  • If the loan has not been returned at the due date the library will send two claims by email requesting you to return the book.
  • After the third claim, sent by regular mail, you will be blocked from further loans. The block remains until you have returned the book or payed a replacement fee. The minimum fee is SEK 300.

Lost or damaged material

  • If you damage or lose the material you have borrowed you are liable to pay compensation. The charge is the price for a new purchase. The charge for a book that is no longer available for purchase is SEK 300.
  • Unpaid invoices are forwarded to debt collecting.
  • In agreement with the library you can provide a replacement copy in order to avoid the fine.
  • If the book is 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 will apply. 



Information about loans and requests is protected according to the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act (2009:400).

Processing of personal data

SLU processes personal data  in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation.