Lending rules

Last changed: 03 April 2023

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 material. A few days in advance you will receive an email with the new due date.
  • If the loan has not been returned at the due date the library will send two claims requesting you to return the book.
  • After the third claim 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.