Interlibrary loans - borrowing material from other libraries
Material or copies of material not available from the library may be obtained via other libraries. We cannot guarantee that all material will be sent, as all libraries have different regulations regarding interlibrary loans.
Who can order interlibrary loans?
The interlibrary loan service is aimed at those who study, research or work at Karlstad University. Students and employees at The Ingesund School of Music should order through the Ingesund library.
If you are a student at another university but a local borrower with us you can also order an interlibrary loan, if the university library where you study can't help you.
The general public is referred to the nearest municipal library.
How do I order material?
Currently only e-mail orders are supported.
- Order an article - email@example.com
Enter the name of the author, the title, the name of the journal, as well as the volume, number, and pages. Try to include the journal’s ISSN.
Articles are sent to students home addresses. For staff they are sent by internal mail.
- Order a book - firstname.lastname@example.org
Enter the title, author, year of publication and if possible the ISBN.
Books are collected from the issue desk
Remember that the more detailed information you provide, the quicker we can order your material. All book orders of recent literature are also considered as a purchase suggestion depending on price and availability. If the book is purchased, it will instead be reserved for the patron.
Ordered interlibrary loans can be viewed by logging in at “My loans”.
What does it cost?
Copies of articles usually cost SEK 50 per article. No fee is charged for ordering books from Nordic libraries.
- See the price list for other types of orders
- Staff – indicate your department, subject and the name of the faculty administrator on all interlibrary loans in order for fees to be charged correctly
- Students – the fee is charged on your library card and is paid at the information desk on floor 2
Borrowing periods and renewals
The lending library always determines the borrowing period of an interlibrary loan. Usually the borrowing period is 14-90 days and it is usually possible to renew an interlibrary loan. Recall notices are issued by lending libraries. Should you receive one you have to either return the material or ask us to renew the loan. Sometimes material obtained through interlibrary loans may not be taken home and has to be read at the library, at the lending library’s discretion.
Contact the information desk or the interlibrary loans section to renew loans.
What cannot be ordered?
- Material in Karlstad University Library’s collection that has been borrowed by another user
- Material in Karlstad University Library’s collection available in electronic format
- Free electronic material available online
- Reference works