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User Account/Library Card

You automatically agree to abide by the library's borrowing rules when you borrow books from us. Failure to observe these rules may result in suspension of borrower privileges.

Students and Staff

In order to borrow books you are required to use your keycard. With your user account you are able to access the library's electronic resources, even from outside the university network. You can, for example, renew loans, reserve books, borrow e-books and search among articles and journals in our databases. All messages regarding your loans are sent to your university email address.

Other Library Users

If you are not a student or staff member at Dalarna University, you can still obtain a library card as long as you are aged 16 or over. In order to receive a library card, you are required to bring valid identification such as a Swedish identity document, passport or LMA card (Swedish Migration Agency identification) with you to the library. In order to borrow books you are required to bring your library card. You can renew loans and reserve books from home using you library card and pin code.

While you are in the library you can use our 'search' computers to gain access to our electronic resources. If you prefer to use your own computer you can obtain a guest account in order to log in.

Loan Period

  • The loan period for books is 21 days
  • The loan period for DVDs is 4 days (students and staff only)
  • Course literature, reference books and journals may only be used in the library

It is your responsibility to adhere to the loan period, even when you are sick or travelling. You will receive an email reminder 3 days before the due date. You can check your loans and renew them at My loans.

Course Literature

The library holds at least one copy for borrowing and one reference copy of all course literature. The reference copy can only be used in the library. Certain course literature is also available in e-book format.

Renewals

You can renew items yourself by logging in to My loans or by using one of the library's self-service machines. You can renew an item as long as nobody else has reserved it. DVDs can be renewed one time only.

Reservations

You can reserve books from Summon or the library catalogue and choose whether to collect them from the library in Falun or Borlänge. You will receive email notification once your book arrives. You have 3 days in which to collect your book from the reservations shelf.

If you are a student at Dalarna University and live in Sweden but not in either Falun or Borlänge municipalities, you can request for books to be sent to your home address. You are required to pay the cost of return postage. If you live in Dalarna, you can return books to your local library free of charge. Only once the books reach the university library are the loans removed from your account.

Our rule is that a borrower who comes to the library and takes a book from the shelf has first rights to borrow that book, even if it has been reserved by another patron. This means that even when you reserve a book that has the status "tillgänglig" (available) in the library catalogue, there is a risk that some else may have borrowed it in the meantime.

Late Returns

When the loan period for your item has expired you will receive a demand notice via email and late fees will start to accrue. If you have not renewed or returned the item after 3 demand notices, you become liable to replace the book and an invoice will be sent to your home address. You will not be able to borrow or renew any items until the invoice is paid or the books are returned.

Fees for Overdue Items

Overdue fines are payable by debit or credit card in the library. Overdue fines for books and other materials are 5 sek per item/day. Once fines reach 200 sek, you will no longer be able to renew or borrow items until the amount outstanding is paid. The invoice cost for the replacement of an item is 500 sek. If you return the items, you are still required to pay a 100 sek late fee per item.

Lost and Damaged Books

Contact the library at bibinfo@du.se if you have lost or damaged a book. You will be required to replace the book with a new copy.t 

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