Interlibrary loans from other libraries

Materials that the Library does not have can be obtained as an interlibrary loan from another library in Sweden or abroad. Read more about interlibrary loans and who can request them below.

Who can use the interlibrary service?

If you are a student here at the University of Gävle or at another higher education institution, or a researcher or member of staff at the University, as well as a registered library user, you can order interlibrary loans. If you do not belong to any of these listed groups, you need to turn to your local public library.

What material can I request?

Material that you need for your studies or research and which isn't available in print or electronic form in our Library, can be requested as interlibrary loans. Books that are checked out from our Library or that can be found in Gävle Stadsbiblioteks HelGe-katalog External link. cannot be requested as interlibrary loans.

Please note that some materials cannot be requested as interlibrary loans. Among them are entire e-books, reference material, course books, journals and, in many cases, essays and degree projects. Fiction can only be requested for research purposes.

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How do I request a book?

If you are a registered user at the Library, we recommend that you create an interlibrary loan account at the national catalogue Libris and place your book request yourself.

You may also send your request with the complete book reference via email to

Please note that you must collect your books at the library. If you are a distance student and want to borrow via an interlibrary loan but cannot collect books from here, you need to request books via a library you can visit instead.

How do I request an article?

When you would like to make a request for an article, you first need to make sure that it is not available in neither print nor electronic form at our Library by checking our Journal list. Next, you send your request directly via the link "Submit an interlibrary loan request to the library" or send the full reference for the article via email to

How much does it cost?

Interlibrary loans of printed books from libraries within the Nordic countries are free of charge. Before requesting an interlibrary loan from outside the Nordic countries, we will notify you of the costs. The fee for photocopies of articles or smaller parts of e-books varies depending on where the article is obtained from. We assume that you are informed of the costs involved, see the price list. We will contact you prior to placing a request outside of the Nordic countries.

Orders for article copies, parts of e-books, copies of non-loan materials

Employees University of Gävle: free of charge.

Students: 40 kr from libraries in the Nordic countries, 80 kr from libraries outside the Nordic region.

Printed books borrowed from libraries in the Nordic countries

Free of charge.

Printed books borrowed from libraries outside of the Nordic countries

Employees University of Gävle: free of charge.

Students: 150 kr per loan.

Damaged, lost or non-returned material borrowed from another library is invoiced according to the lending library rules. Out-of -stock items are decided from case to case.

Last revised 2023-04-19

How long will it take?

Expect the supply time to be around seven to ten days, but it may vary some, so make sure to submit your requests well in advance.

How do I check out requested materials?

You receive notification of incoming loans via SMS or e-mail. Requested books are collected and returned at the information desk, during the time it is staffed. Photocopies of articles will be sent to your adress together with information on the postal giro account for payment. For University staff, the articles are delivered to your room by internal mail.

How long can I keep the books?

The loan period is determined by the lending library. Usually, the guaranteed loan period is short, but you may keep the book for a longer period if no one else requests it. If you receive an e-mail with a recall demand, you must return the book immediately.

If you would like to renew the loan period, contact us at

Lending to other libraries

Publicly funded libraries in the Nordic region can order loans and article copies from our collections via Libris interlibrary loan. Book loans are free, article copies cost SEK 80.

Publicly funded libraries outside the Nordic countries can order book loans and, in some cases if journal licenses allow, article copies from our collections. Orders can be placed in Libris interlibrary loan or sent via e-mail to The price for book loan is 3 IFLA vouchers, for article copy 1,5 IFLA vouchers.

Replacement fee for a damaged or lost book consists of the price of the book + 100 kr, alternatively the book can be acquired and sent to the library.


Are you a researcher or a teacher at the University of Gävle?

Material that you need for your research and which is not available in printed or electronic form in our Library can be requested as interlibrary loans from other libraries in and outside of Sweden.

You will find more information about interlibrary service on our intranet External link.

This page was last updated 2024-04-21