Borrow and download
Borrowing at BTH Library
Anyone is welcome to apply for a library card. If you are a BTH-student, you can use your BTH card as your library card.
Go to the information desk in the library to activate your card. Remember to bring some form of identification (e.g. a passport) and your BTH card! Please note that you have to register your temporary Swedish address in the Account portal before you can get a library account.
Distance students can apply for a library card by sending an email to email@example.com. Please note that this service is only available for students registered at a distance course at BTH.
If you are BTH staff, or if you are not a student at BTH, you can for example use your driver’s license or ID-card for library card.
You are responsible for all loans carried out with the card. At loss of card, notify the library immediately. Also notify the library if you change address.
If you are registered to a distance course and live in Sweden, you can get books delivered to your home address. Learn more about this and our service for distance students.
Use our lending stations to issue books.
Reference literature can only be read on location in the library, but please note that you must always borrow the book before you take it – even if you are only going to study in the library. Also note that all books must be borrowed before they are taken upstairs to the upper floor of the library.
The loan period for books is normally 3 weeks. Books that are reserved by other patrons have a loan period of 7 days.
You will receive a reminder from us by e-mail when the end of the loan period is approaching. You can renew your loans if nobody else has reserved the books. There is a link to renewal of loans in the e-mail message you receive.
If the book you are looking for is issued, you can reserve it. This means that when the book is returned to the library, it is set aside for you, and you will receive an e-mail message when you can collect it. A reserved book is kept on a shelf by the lending stations for 3 work days, after that the reservation is deleted.
You can easily renew a book loan yourself via our website, using your library card number and pin code. You may then keep the book for another 3 weeks. If you want to renew interlibrary loans you must contact the library’s information desk.
E-mail address to the library: firstname.lastname@example.org
Renewal of loans will not be accepted if another patron has reserved the book in question, or if for some reason you have been suspended from loans.
Please note that a book loan can only be renewed 3 times this way. If you want to renew the book a fourth time you must come to the information desk.
Books are returned at the lending stations. When the library is closed you can return books in the book-drop outside the library entrance.
You can order books that are not held by the library as interlibrary loans by using the form below. Please note that we can not order books that we already hold. This means that if one of our books is already issued, we will not order another copy of the same title as an interlibrary loan.
The delivery time varies, but it is at least one week in general. The loan period can also vary, but in general it is at least 3 weeks. Interlibrary loans are free of charge.
The form can also be used to suggest purchases for the library.
Books that are held only at one of our two library departments (Gräsvik or Piren) can be ordered and are delivered in 1-2 days.
If you are not BTH student or staff, you should primarily contact your nearest public library when you want to order an interlibrary loan.
You can read the print journals at the library. We do not lend our journals, but if you have a BTH-account you can copy or scan articles.
Copies of articles from journals we do not hold can be ordered from other libraries.
Please note that many journals are available in full text in our electronic journal databases which you have access to through the institute’s network.
Overdue books and reminders
Books or other media borrowed from the BTH Library shall be returned within the specified loan period.
In case of overdue books/media, a recall is sent as a reminder to the patron, one week after the end of the loan period. The recall is sent by e-mail.
Three weeks after the the loan period has expired, an invoice for the issued book/media is sent to the patron. The cost for lost or damaged media depends on the cost for replacing the item.
For overdue/lost/damaged interlibrary loans, the lending library’s regulations apply.
Patrons who have received an invoice for books/media, or a recall for a reserved item, are suspended from loans until the books/media are returned or the invoice is paid.
Your data will be recorded according to Personuppgiftslagen (10 § PuL). This information will not be disclosed to third persons/organisations (OSL Kap40 § 3).