Borrow & Use

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About loans

  • Who has access to the library’s books? Students and employees at the Stockholm University, and any person over the age of 18 with a valid Swedish photo ID. Also, anyone over the age of 18 enrolled at a Swedish university other than Stockholm University, who can prove this by presenting a valid ID along with proof of enrollment.
  • Library card You will need a University Card or a Library Account in order to use the Library’s services. The University card for enrolled students and employees and the Library account for external users and guest.
  • Loan terms and conditions By borrowing books from the Stockholm University Library you agree to the library loan terms and conditions
  • Borrowing and Returning the Library’s Books You will need a University Card or a PIN-code log in to use the self-service book checkouts. You can return books in a box outside the library when the building is closed.
  • Textbooks The material on Stockholm University’s course literature lists can be borrowed from Frescati Library and several other university’s library branches with subject specialisation.
  • Swedish words in the library catalogue The library catalogue contains a few Swedish words, even if you change the language settings to English. Here is a list of translations.
  • Read and download e-books Many of the Stockholm University library books are e-books. They are available to students and employees of the university, and to visitors in the library.
  • Conditions and Terms of Use for E-resources The Stockholm University Library has agreements with many suppliers of e-books, e-journals and databases.
  • Place a hold for a book You can request a book if all copies of a book are on loan. The book will be reserved for you when it is returned to the library.
  • Material in the Repository We process ordered books Monday through Friday. If you order a book/journal before 7 a.m. it will be made available for you the same day. Orders placed after 7 a.m. will be available the following day.
  • Direct Delivery As an employee of Stockholm University, you may order books from Frescati Library and have them delivered to your university staff mailbox. Use of this service requires an active university card with a correct departmental address. Some material is not available for direct delivery.
  • Digitalisation Scanning materials from the Stockholm University Library collections.
  • Fines for Overdue Materials The library charges fines for books that are returned late. The fine rate is at 10 SEK per book, per day. If you have fines in excess of 100 SEK you will not be able to use your card.
  • Lost or damaged materials If you’ve lost a book or other materials borrowed from Stockholm University Library you have to either buy a new copy of the book, of the same or a later edition, or pay a replacement fee of 600 SEK. The least expensive option is usually to buy a new copy.
  • Talking Books for Reading Impairments Students at Stockholm University who, due to an impairment, find it difficult to read printed text can get access to talking books. Students get a talking books account in Legimus through the library. We show you how to use and order talking books.
  • Order material Students and employees at Stockholm University can order books, articles and other media resources that are not available at the library.
  • Interlibrary loans for other libraries It is possible for other libraries to make interlibrary loans from Stockholm University Library. Book loans are free of charge. Articles are sent by mail for a fee. Order through our form or through Libris.

Opening hours Frescati Library (Main Library)

Monday 8 am - 7 pm

Tuesday - Friday : 8 am - 4 pm.

Saturday - Sunday CLOSED

The information desk is staffed weekdays from 10 am.

Information point online is closed for the summer.

Chat: weekdays 9 am - 4 pm
Phone:  weekdays 10 - 11 am

Summer opening hours

Library adaptions due to Covid-19