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 (xxxxx123). 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).

When a book you have requested is available for pick-up, you will be notified via your student email. There is a dedicted shelf for reserved books close to the library enquiry desk.

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 is a day-loan item and 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. Use the list of databases to find databases by subject.

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 web

UniSearch, Databases

More about the Library online

Social media channels

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

Library blog

The Library on Instagram

The Library on Facebook

The Library on Twitter

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 Monday–Friday (during semester) 10 am–4 pm.

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.

Re:Publish your book – LiU E-Press e-publish out-of-print books by LiU authors

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

Did you know that LiU E-Press can republish your book if it´s out of print?

If you are an author/co-author to a book or editor/co-editor to an anthology which is not published by the original publisher anymore, you can make the book available at LiU E-Press. If the book is only available in print format we will help you scan the book.


Re:publish your book

  • You are or were employeed/affiliated at LiU at the time when the book was written
  • The publisher restored the copyright to you or gave you the rights to publish the book open access at LiU E-Press
  • You give us the book in the following format:
    • PDF or DOCX
    • A printed copy that we can scan (the spine of the book will be cut in the process)
  • You (and co-authors etc) sign a publishing agreement with us and attach the confirmation from the publisher.

Please contact us:

Written by:  Edvin Erdtman, scientific editor, LiU E-Press

Urkund becomes Ouriginal

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During 2020, the merger of Urkund and PlagScan resulted in Ourginal, a plagiarism detection software that is now replacing Urkund.

The launch of Ouriginal on 1 March 2021 does not entail any major changes. As previously with Urkund, teachers at LiU can access Ourignal via Lisam, LiU:s learning platform. If you are teaching at LiU and are not using Lisam, you can have an account at Ouriginal, which can be provided by the Library. If you want an account, just email us at

Please note that if you already have an Urkund account, it is still valid for accessing Ourignal.

Further information

Ouriginal’s website

Guides & tutorials

Tools against plagiarism (Linköping University Library)

FAQ & Support

Frequently Asked Questions


Phone: +46 8 738 52 10

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