You borrow books via our self-service machines with the PIN that you choose when you apply for a UmU card or library card.

Library card - Students & employees at Umeå University

The UmU card is used as library card for students and employees. Apply for the UmU card

Library Card - General public

The library's resources are also open for you who are not a student or an employee at Umeå University. To get a library card you have to be 18 years or older. After you have filled out the application form you may pick up your library card at the information desk on producing your photo ID.

We have changed the Library Management System which means that you, who are not a student or UmU employee, need to create a password to log in to your pages. Please come to the Library and bring your photo ID, and we will assist you. Your previous PIN for borrowing still applies.

Apply for a library card

Loan Period

Loan period for textbooks (Textbook Collection): 14 days
Loan period for regular books: 30 days

The loan period for interlibrary loans is generally one year but can be cut short if the lending library needs the book back for any reason. About interlibrary loans

Renew your loans

Books with no hold requests will automatically be renewed 2 days before the due date. If a book needs returning, an e-mail will be sent, but you are still always responsible for returning books on time. You may also renew your loans yourself in the Library Search Tool:Sign in to the Library Search Tool

Interlibrary loans can not be renewed in the Library Search Tool. Contact if you have questions about extending the loan. 

Reserve a book that is out on loan

If the book you want is checked out you may make a reservation in the Library search tool. When a copy of the book has arrived for you, a text message and an e-mail will be sent to you. Please pick up within three days!


To get a receipt for your returns, please return your loans in our return units in the University Library (UB), in the return shelf at the Medical Library (MB) or UB Arts Campus. During off hours you may return your books in one of the book drops outside the libraries. Please note, no receipt will be issued in that case.

Return books by mail

Books can be returned by mail to University Library, Medical Library and UB Arts Campus. You are responsible for the loan until the book has arrived to the Library and the loan is registered as returned.

Addresses to the libraries