Self-service opening hours at the library

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The library now offers self-service opening hours, Meröppet in Swedish, to LiU students and faculty/staff. This means the libraries at Campus Norrköping and Campus US will be open to LiU students and faculty/staff outside of ordinary openings hours even when the library is un-staffed. Special arrangements for access apply on the Medical library, see under rules below.

To enter the library, visitors must swipe their LiU card and use their pin code at the reader just outside the library entrance. This service applies only to members of the LiU community, the entry is individual, no unauthorized persons should be let in. Campus security guards will do regular rounds and check ID:s. Special arrangements for access apply on the Medical library, see under rules below.

Campus Norrköpings library Medical library
All days during term time: Fridays:
7.00 am – 10.00 pm 4.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays:

8.00 am – 11.00 am

3.00 pm – 8.00 pm


Rules during self-service hours

Of course, all regular library rules apply during self-service hours, with some additions:

  • Visitors use their own LiU-card to enter.
  • You may not let anyone else in.
  • Use the machines to check out and return books.
  • The zoning for noise levels must be observed, as well as the general library rules, which are displayed by the check-out machine.
  • Printing, scanning, and copying service is available.
  • Digimaker and the terrace cannot not be used.
  • Group study rooms are free to use but cannot be booked.
  • To  get entry to the Medical Library during self-service hours you must be a student at Medical Faculty, Campus US or registered for a course given there. As employee you must have your work place at Campus US.

What if there is a problem?

When the check-out machine is out of order or loan is denied, books must not be taken out of the library. Leave the book in the library and contact the staff during regular opening hours.

When the book return machine is out of order, books shall be returned in the book drop outside the library. 

Security and safety

Campus security guards can be reached on tel: 013 –  28 58 88

In an emergency like fire, accident or threat contact 112


Written by  Britt Omstedt, Librarian, Campus Norrköping library

Are you writing an essay?

**This blog post is also available in Swedish**

Are you writing an essay/student thesis or are about to? Here are some tips on library resources that will help you in your writing.  

We have books on academic writing, research methods and how to conduct qualitative interviews. We can also offer support regarding citing, referencing and how to avoid plagiarism.

Books about research methods and academic writing

Use the library search service UniSearch to find books and articles. Here are some examples of library books on topics related to academic writing and research methods:

Research interview

Research methods

student campus norrköping

Campus Norrköping Library. Photo: Thor Balkhed

Qualitative research

Quantititative research

Statistical methods

Academic writing


Quoting, referencing and plagiarism

It is very important to cite and refer properly when writing an essay or a student thesis. To know how you are allowed to use someone else’s images in your own work is necessesary to avoid violating copyright.

When writing your essay, use a reference management program, such as Zotero or EndNote, to help you organize your references and create bibliographies.



Citation technique and styles

Plagiarism and Copyright

Book an appointment

Are you still having problems finding relevant sources for your thesis? Or, do you need help to get started with Zotero or EndNote? In that case, you are welcome to book an appointment with a librarian:

Book an appointment

Publish your thesis

When you have finished your thesis you probably want to publish it online. Learn more:

Publish your essay at LiU E-Press


Good luck with your writing and please contact us if you have any questions!

By: Peter Igelström, librarian, Valla Library

How to create correct links for students´ reading lists

**This blog post is also available in Swedish**

If you are a teacher and use electronic resources as required reading for your students, you might have come across that students have problems accessing articles and e-books even if you gave them a link. Here are some good things to know if you want to provide links in your reading lists.

If you want to provide your students with proper links to material such as e-books, articles etc (accessible for students and employees via LiU-ID) you need to add some information (a proxy link) to the regular link. When trying to access the material, students come to a page where they can log in with their LiU-ID to confirm that they have access to the material.

Nota bene! Students that are on campus and use the Eduroam network won´t have to log in to e-resources to access them.

How to create a proper link to an article, e-book or a database

Add the proxy link ( before the regular link. See the following examples:





Elastic conducting polymer composites in thermoelectric modules:



What We Think about When We Try Not to Think about Global Warming:

Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action:


Open access articles? Please note that you should not use the proxy link if the article is open access.

Don´t forget to try the link to see that it works!

Advise your students to always search for articles and e-books in the library search service UniSearch, since it will provide with the correct link.

If you have questions please contact us at or chat with us!

Read more about off-campus access to e-resources at the webpage Library online.



Written by Maria Svenningsson, librarian, Valla library

Picture: Pixabay

New student – welcome to the Library

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As a new student at LiU, you are welcome to the Library. Here are some basic facts about the Library and its services.

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). Do not use your complete email address when logging in to library services, only the first part with the first three letters in your first name, the two first letters in your last name and the three digit number (i. e. your LiU-ID).

Borrowing books and making reservations are free of charge.

Update your address info

An up-to-date address in Sweden is required to be able to borrow library books. If you are an international student, don’t forget to update your address info in the Student portal as soon as you have a place of residence in Sweden.

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. Please note that you have to register for your course before your LiU-ID can be used to access library e-recources. Read more: Checklist for starting a course at LiU

Library website

More about the Library online

Library blog

The Library on Instagram

The Library on Facebook

The Library on Twitter

Welcome to the Library

Contact us

There are many ways to contact us: via email, phone and online chat.


Phone numbers

Campus Norrköping Library: 011-36 30 60

Medical Library: 013-28 19 91

Valla Library: 013-28 19 10

Online chat

Chat with us online via the Library Web Mondays–Fridays 10 am–4 pm.

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 be introduced. Keep yourself up to date:

Coronavirus – measures taken by Linköping University

Printed and digital resources are equally important! – interview with Assistant Professor Ahmet Börütecene

Photo: Nevin Dogan

Ahmet Börütecene is interaction designer and assistant professor at MDB (Media design and image reproduction) ITN at Campus Norrköping. We had a talk with him about library services and what the library can do to make life easier for students, PhD students and researchers.

Could you tell us a little about your background and your research topics and how you chose this path?

– My background is in three, seemingly very different fields. I have a bachelor’s in Communication design from Istanbul, a master’s in Cinema and multimedia production from Bologna and my PhD from Istanbul was in Interaction design. They may seem very disparate disciplines, but for me the two first have been important for the third. I am now involved in different research projects working on human – AI interaction, extended reality experiences and  citizen-driven smart cities.

How do you use the library? What services and resources are important to you in your work?

– My home library is of course the Campus Norrköping library, and I would say, before the pandemic for sure, that my use of digital and printed resources is 50/50. I use the databases, e-books, printed books, conference proceedings and journals.

Is there any of the library’s services you appreciate more than others?

– The possibility to make purchase suggestions has been very helpful and surprisingly quick. I have been able to get some important books that way.

What in the library services would you like to see improved? 

– It is very annoying that when using e-books, one’s notes made in the book disappears as you “return” it, but I can see this does not only depend on the library. Maybe you could put some pressure on the providers/publishers for standardization and more reader-friendly platforms.

You teach in the master’s programme in design. What do you think every student should know about the library?

– They should know that they can book a time with a librarian to get advice on suitable resources covering the topic they are working on.

From your own experience, what can the library do to ease the life of PhD students?

– Three things. Seminars on how to approach your literature review, showing examples of how searches through the library can be done. And seminars on knowledge management, it could be simply by using techniques based on pen and paper, about how to organize all your notes. Finally, introducing a reference management system, preferably Zotero as it is open source.

Can you give an example of a smart interactive solution for the library?

– A quick idea would be a sticker with a QR-code on your bookshelf at home and when you direct your phone at it you get  “book of the day tips” or you get shown new books within your chosen discipline.