New student – welcome to the Library this spring

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During the present Corona pandemic, many things are out of the ordinary. But even if you can´t study on campus in the way that you are used to, you can still use Linköping University Library online. We are also open for quick errands, so it is possible to pick up books on hold, return library items etc. We are continuously working to offer as many of our services as possible digitally.

Borrowing books and making reservations

Your student LiU card functions as a library card. At the self-service borrowing machines, you can use your LiU card to borrow books and renew your loans. The loan period for books is normally three weeks, but if there is a reservation on the book when you borrow it, the loan period is reduced to one week. The maximum limit of library books that you can have on your account is 50.

When making reservations on books online, log in with your LiU-ID (xxxxx-123). Borrowing books and making reservations are free of charge.

Textbook reference copies

The library has copies of the books on your required reading list, both as home loan copies and as reference copies. If possible, we also acquire course literature as e-books. A textbook reference copy for short-term loan, is marked with a red label that says “REFKURS”.

The Library online

In the library search service UniSearch, you can search for books, scholarly articles, and many other types of publications. You can place reservations on books and access our collections of e-journals, e-books and databases.

You can learn more about library services, library news and events on our blog and in social media.

To access library e-resources, you just need your student LiU-ID. Read more about LiU-ID and LiU-card.

Library website

More about the Library online

Library blog

The Library on Instagram

The Library on Twitter

Contact us

There are many ways to contact us: via email, phone, online chat and virtual enquiry desk in Zoom.


Phone numbers

Campus Norrköping Library: 011-36 30 60 (phone hours: Mondays–Fridays 8 am–4 pm)

Medical Library: 013-28 19 91 (phone hours: Mondays–Fridays 8 am–4 pm)

Valla Library: 013-28 19 10 (phone hours: Mondays–Fridays 8 am–6 pm)

Online chat and virtual enquiry desk

Chat with us online Mondays–Fridays 10 am–4 pm or talk to us via our virtual enquiry desk in Zoom Mondays–Fridays 10 pm-noon. These channels can be accessed via the Library Web.

The Library and Covid-19

As a consequence of the national and local restrictions that are in force to prevent the spread of infection, Linköping University and the Library have introduced several measures. As the Covid-19 situation might change, new measures might med introduced. Keep yourself up to date:

Stricter restrictions in force at LiU until 28 March

Measures taken at Linköping University Library

Christmas and New Year opening hours

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The opening hours for Linköping University Library during Christmas and New Year 2020/2021 are the following:

Campus Norrköping Library

21–23 December: 9.00–13.00
24–27 December: Closed
28–30 December: 9.00–13.00
31 December–3 January: Closed
4–5 January: 9.00–13.00
6 January: Closed

Medical Library

21–23 December: 9.00–13.00
24–27 December: Closed
28–30 December: 9.00–13.00
31 December–1 January: Closed
2–3 January: 11.00–15.00
4–5 January: 9.00–13.00
6 January: 11.00–15.00

Valla Library

Enquiry desk floor 3 and library stacks floor 1

21–22 December: 12.00–16.00
23 December: 9.00–13.00
24–27 December: Closed
28–30 December: 12.00–16.00
31 December–3 January: Closed
4 January: 12.00–16.00
5 January: 9.00–13.00
6 January: Closed

Enquiry desk in Zoom

19 December–10 January: Closed

Library online chat

19 December–10 January: Closed

Email to

The Library’s email service is closed the following days during Christmas and New Year:

24–27 December: Closed
31 December–3 January: Closed
6 January: Closed

New measures taken at LiUB – reduced opening hours and 3-day loan period of course reference copies

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The corona pandemic is still here and we have to continuously adapt our operations depending on the present situation with Covid-19. Please note that it is only permitted to be physically present on university premises (including libraries) if this is necessary.

From 21 December, there are stricter measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Read more: LiU tightens Corona restrictions

Linköping University Library is only available for borrowing and returning books, printing and copying. The library is not a study place right now. If you need help from the library please use our virtual services such as  the Library’s virtual enquiry desk (open Monday – Friday 10-12 am), chat or e-mail.

We temporarily extend the loan period for the course reference copies to 3 days.

From December 21st  to March 28th 2021, the library will not charge fines or send new invoices. You are thus not forced to come to the library if your only errand is returning a library book. Existing fine charges are still valid. Special rules apply to interlibrary loans. It goes without saying that we expect you to return books if you are able.

These measures are in force until March 28 but can be prolonged. Please check this blog for updates.


Please check the web for our current opening hours.


You can reach us via e-mail at or make a phone call:

Campus Norrköping Library

011-36 30 60 (phone hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm)

Medical Library

013-28 19 91 (phone hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm)

Valla Library

013-28 19 10 (phone hours: Monday-Friday 8 am-6 pm)

Online chat and virtual enquiry desk

Chat with us online Monday-Friday 10 am-4 pm or talk to us via our virtual enquiry desk in Zoom Monday-Friday 10 pm-noon. These channels can be access via the Library Web.

We´re also on social media!

Twitter: @LiU_Bibliotek

Instagram: linkoping_univbibliotek

Please continue to keep distance, wash your hands and stay at home as much as possible!

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Print on demand – order print copies of publications in DiVA

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In collaboration with the University printing office LiU-Tryck, LiU E-Press hosts a print on demand service, where you can order print copies of e-books, dissertations and some working papers available in the online repository DiVA.

To order a print copy online, this is what you do:

  1. Search in DiVA for the book you want to order
  2. Click “Order online” Order online form symbolized by a shopping basket
  3. Log in with your LiU-Tryck account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one in a few easy steps.
  4. When you have signed in with your account, all information about the publication you want to order is transfered automatically to the order form. You only need to specify how many copies you want to order, the payment option of your choice and your address.
  5. You can pay with credit card or by invoice (if you choose invoice, you need to communicate with LiU-Tryck).

When ordering a publication with Print on demand, you only pay a cost price for the publication, i.e. cost for printing and shipping. The price is based on the number of pages in the publication. For example, the price for a book with 100 pages is approximately 200 SEK, plus the shipping cost.

The print on demand service was launched in 2019. A total of 12 orders have been delivered so far. With 5 orders, the bestseller is Klassrum med himlen som tak: en kunskapsöversikt om vad utomhusundervisning betyder för lärande i grundskolan, a review of research in outdoor teaching. An English version of the publication is available at:

Teaching with the Sky as a Ceiling: A review of research about the significance of outdoor teaching for children’s learning in compulsory school

Search publications in DiVA

If you have any questions about the print on demand service, or can’t find an “Order online” link in a DiVA publication you want to order, please email us at

What about interlibrary loans?

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For us at Linköping University Library, it is always our aim to offer all books, journals and other publications that are needed by students and researchers at LiU. Sadly, it is impossible to have absolutely everything in our collections. But if we don’t have a print or electronic publication, we can usually provide it as an interlibrary loan, i. e. acquire it from another library.

You can apply for an interlibrary loan of books or order print copies of articles using the forms on this page:

When they have arrived, books on interlibrary loan are collected at the library enquiry desk. Just ask us, and we will borrow you the book. Articles are either copied or printed. LiU researchers will get their print copy delivered to their office post box on campus. Students collect their article copies at the library enquiry desk.

Interlibrary loans are free of charge for both LiU employees and LiU students. An interlibrary book loan may be associated with a fee for students if the book must be ordered from a library outside of Sweden or the Nordic countries.

And what do we do if we get a request for a very rare item, say an Italian article about butterflies published in 1872?

Sometimes, you can find it simply using Google. An insane amount of publications are in fact freely available online! Some cases might be a bit trickier. We use an array of providers and library catalogues to locate and order material from all parts of the globe. Usually, we order through Libris – the Swedish national library catalogue. We also get many deliveries from German article databases. Sometimes we need to dig deeper, and perhaps order that rare 1872 article about butterflies from a library in Italy that is the only library that can provide us with a copy.

You are welcome to use our interlibrary service to obtain books or articles needed for you research or studies. We are here for you!

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by Ellinor Krutholm

translated by Peter Igelström