Borrow and access

We offer our services to students, teachers, researchers, and staff at the Department of Biology and Centre for Environmental and Climate Research. The Biology Library is also open for service to other borrowers who need information and literature in the biological disciplines. Through the Biology library you get access to printed and electronic books, journals and databases.

Library card

Students and employees at Lund University use their LU card (external website) when borrowing an item at the library. To activate the card for borrowing, you must log in to the library catalogue LUBcat with your student or LUCAT account and select patron category and home library.

Others can apply for a library card in the library information desk. Don't forget to bring a valid photo ID.

Loan period and renewal

The loan period for a book from Biology Library is 28 days. If none have requested the book, the loan will be automatically renewed for another period. The loan period for our student field guides is shorter, 14 days, with no renewals. Journals and reference books can not be borrowed but can be read in the library.

Course literature

There are always two reference copies of the latest edition of your course literature in the Biology library. You can borrow these inside the houses during the day. Sometimes we have older editions that are available for home loan. On the student pages on Lund University’s central website, you can read more about how to obtain course literature.

Interlibrary loan

If a book or article is not available at any of the libraries at Lund University, we can borrow it for you from another library. The Biology Library handles interlibrary loans for students and employees in biology and environmental science.

Interlibrary loans are picked up and returned in the Biology Library. For further information see the lending conditions for borrowing material at Lund University (pdf; 856 kB; new window).

Before you request an interlibrary loan, check in Lund University's library catalogue LUBcat or the national library catalogue Libris that the book or journal is not available at any of the libraries at Lund University. If it is not available, fill in the Biology library's request form for Interlibrary loans (external website).

Usually there is no fee for interlibrary loans, except when we must order the book from countries outside the Nordic countries.

Purchase proposals for new books & journals

Biology Library welcomes your suggestions for new books and journals.

Responsible for periodicals: Johnny Jönsson Johnny [dot] Jonsson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se
Responsible for book purchases:  Frida Rosengren Frida [dot] Rosengren [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Off-campus access

To get access to LU's licensed electronic resources off-campus you can do one of the following things:

  1. Add before the link address to the page you would like to access, for example an article or search tool. You will then come to a login page where you can log in with your LUCAT-ID or student account to access the resource. All links from the Biology Library webpage and LUBsearch include this extra text.
  2. Set up a VPN (Virtual Personal Network) from your laptop or home stationary computer. For instructions, visit the Lund University's support pages for VPN.

Opening hours

Regular opening hours

Monday–Thursday 9.00–17.00
Friday 9.00–16.00