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Localities – access and regulations

This information will hopefully help you to get around in the Department of Biology. The department includes the Biology building (Sölvegatan 35) and the Ecology building (Sölvegatan 37).

Access to our Buildings

Note that specific opening hours apply during the corona pandemic and holidays/summer

Until March 31 2021, students are only allowed in the premises for compulsory course components (primarily labs), and to access information, references and technical resources needed for examination. Read more at Corona/Covid-19 and the education at the Department of Biology

Biology building

Sölvegatan 35.

The main entrance is A1, reached and visible from Sölvegatan and open until 17:00. Entrances B1 and D1, which are situated in the passage between houses B and C/D, are open during office hours, 7:30 – 16:30. When the entrances are locked you cannot enter with your LU-card. If you stay in the building after the entrances are locked, do not let unknown people in and leave before 19.00. Be sure to leave in time, because at 19.00 the passages between Houses A, B and D will lock and then you cannot access jackets, bags etc left in other parts of the building. No students (without a special permit) are allowed in the Biology building between 19:00 and 07:30, or during weekends. If you or your group needs to continue working after 19:00 you are welcome to move over to the Ecology building (see below).

In the Biology building, you need to activate your LU card daily if you use it as a key for the inner doors. Activation points are situated on the wall next to the lunchroom in house A and next to the entrances B1 and C1. Laboratories, seminar, and lecture halls are accessible according to the schedule. Computer and group rooms can be opened by students with the LU card during opening hours. You are free to use the group rooms (N I-IX) on the ground floor of house B (when these are not booked for other activities), but make sure you leave them nice and tidy!

If you perform a project that requires extended access to the Biology building, talk to your supervisor for more information. He/she also needs to confirm the length of time for which you need extended LU card access.

Map over teaching localities in the Biology building.

Ecology building

Sölvegatan 37.

The entrances are open 7:00 – 17:00. After 17:00 and until 20:00, as well as during weekends until 20:00, you can enter with your LU-card. You are free to use the group rooms (when these are not booked for other activities), but make sure you leave them nice and tidy and exit the building before 22:00. No students (without a special permit) are allowed in the Ecology building between 22:00 and 07:00. You can reach the second and third floor with your LU card between 8:00 and 16:30. Also, use your LU card to enter the computer room.

If you perform a project that requires extended access to the Ecology building, talk to your supervisor. He/she needs to confirm the length of time for which you need extended LU card access, and then this can be arranged by Carl Sjökvist.

Note that no dogs are allowed inside any of our buildings, with the exception of dogs with a special permit (like guide dogs).

Map over teaching localities in the Ecology building.

Security and LU card

The entrances are locked and alarmed outside of office hours. If leaving the building when the doors are locked be sure to first press the “key” button located near the door. Do not hold the doors open as this will set off an alarm and an expensive visit from the security. Never let a stranger in with your card.

You can find information about where to get the LU-card at the LU-card website. If you have problems or question, please contact the study advisors.

General rules

  • Smoking is not allowed indoors or within a distance of 15 meters from the building.
  • Eating and drinking in laboratories and lecture halls is forbidden.
  • Pets are not allowed indoors, in busses/vehicles, or during any scheduled course components, like excursions and field trips.
  • If you have rearranged the furniture in any room, please return it to its original position before leaving.
  • The department is equipped with waste bin stations for separation and recycling of fractions like clear glass, coloured glass, metal, paper, cardboard, other waste and brown bags for organic waste. Read the labels carefully so you sort wastes correctly. If you are careless and put ONE brown bottle in the clear glass waste the clear glass can’t be recycled. For laboratory work, there are special instructions concerning contaminated waste, radioactive waste and such. Read the lab manual carefully concerning this.


Lockers for personal belongings are located in the Biology building:

  • A (first floor)
  • B (ground floor) 
  • D (ground and first floor) 

You must bring your own personal padlock. The lockers are only intended for storage during course periods. Always empty the locker after you have finished your course. In the summer we empty all lockers and remove remaining padlocks and content.

Computers and copying

There is a computer room in the Biology building A. In the Ecology building computers are available in the Study room (Sjön) opposite to the Library. All computers are equipped with MS Office and web browsers. The computers are free to use when the buildings are open for students, except when they are booked for occasional tutorials.

Laptops can be borrowed against a receipt from Jan Johansson in the Ecology building. You have to return them before 16:30 and you are only allowed to use them in the Ecology or Biology buildings.

In the Biology building multi-function machines (print, copy, scan) are located in the A-building computer room and in the A-building cloakroom (with cabinets). Soon a printer will also be placed outside the Bioinformatics Hall in Biology building D.

In the Ecology building, there is a multi-function machine (print, copy, scan) opposite to the Library.

As a biology student, you may print files that are related to your studies at the department. Printing from& printers in computer rooms (directly from the computers) is free of charge for now, all other printers use Papercut (information on the Lund University Printing web pages). To use Papercut, you have to open an account and pay for each printout (read more about paying for your prints at the Lund University Printing web pages). Printers that use Papercut can be found outside the Library in the Ecology building and in the cloakroom (with cabinets) in Biology building A. Soon a printer will also be placed outside the Bioinformatics Hall in Biology building D.

You may never download, print or copy illegally obtained material. See also the Lund University network rules.

Student’s rooms

There are student kitchenettes in the basement of Biology building B, opposite the vestibule of Biology building A and in the Ecology building. These are equipped with microwave ovens, coffee machines, refrigerators, and some china and cutlery. Please, keep the kitchenettes clean and tidy. Vending machines (coffee, snacks, and such.) are located in the students’ kitchenette in Biology building B, in the break room of Biology building D (at the end of the corridor on the first floor) and in the Ecology building kitchenette. There is a cafeteria “Le Mani” in the Ecology building, open between 10:00 and 14:00 during semesters. Here you can buy pasta, sandwiches, snacks and other light meals, plus of course coffee and soft drinks.

Relaxation room

There is a relaxation room in the Ecology building that can be used in case you need to lie down and rest. The key can be borrowed at the library. There is also one in the Biology building. Ask a teacher for access.


The library is situated in the Ecology building, which is open during office hours (9:00-16:00). The study room is accessible with the LU-card. Do not bring food into the library. To borrow books you need a library card. You cannot borrow periodicals but may copy them. There are computers that can be used for literature search. The helpful librarians are available during opening hours – ask them if you need help.

Equipment for excursions and laboratory work

Field equipment can be found in the storage room Ekorren and in the labs in the basement of the Ecology building. Do not bring equipment from the basement to the laboratory Abborren on the ground floor. Binoculars, GPS and similar equipment can be borrowed from the janitor (room next to the computer room on the ground floor). Literature for excursions can be borrowed in the library

Fire alarm

In case of a fire alarm, you must leave the building immediately. Information about evacuation routes can be found on each floor. Read these notices carefully.

Biology building

In case of evacuation due to fire, the site of re-gathering is outside the Entrance to building A.

Ecology building

In case of evacuation due to fire, the site of re-gathering is the open space outside the entrance of the basement at Naturvetarvägen 6A.