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.

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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 cannot be requested as interlibrary loans.

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

How do I request a book?

If you are a registered user at the Library, you may create an interlibrary loan account at Libris and submit your request for books yourself.

You may also send your request 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 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 depends on whether you are a student or a member of staff and on the location of the library. It is the same for the fee for photocopies. The fee varies depending on whether you are a student or a member of staff and from where the article is obtained.

Orders from students and staff

Books borrowed from libraries in the Nordic countries
Free of charge

Books borrowed from libraries outside of the Nordic countries
Students: 150 SEK per loan
Staff: 200 SEK per loan

Article copies from libraries in the Nordic countries
Students: 40 SEK per article
Staff: 80 SEK per article

Article copies from libraries outside of the Nordic countries
Students: 100 SEK per article
Staff: 150 SEK per article

Copies of the books that cannot be borrowed
Students: according to invoice(e.g. from the Royal Library)
Staff: according to invoice

Damaged, lost or non-returned materials
Replace the item or according to the invoice from the lending library. Out-of -stock items are decided from case to case.

Orders from public libraries, Nordic and foreign countries
  • Book loans to Nordic libraries
    Free of charge
  • Book loans to libraries outside Nordic countries
    3 IFLA vouchers
  • Article copies to Swedish libraries
    80 SEK per article
    Article copies to other Nordic libraries
    100 SEK per article* (not NORFRI)
    Article copies to libraries outside the Nordic countries
    1.5 IFLA vouchers *
  • Damaged, lost or non-returned materials
    Replace the item or item price + 100 SEKOut-of -stock items are decided from case to case
  • * If copyright permits

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?

Requested books are collected and returned at the circulation desk. 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 a recall demand, you must return the book immediately.

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

Published by: Elisabeth Jansson Page responsible: Jenny Ericsson Updated: 2020-10-16
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