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Search, find and borrow

Library loans at Lund University

In the library catalogue LUBcat you see if where a book is located and if it is available or for library use only. Reference books can be checked out but must be returned the same day. In LUBcat you can also renew your loans and request both unavailable and available books from other libraries at Lund University, with the exception of available textbooks. All the libraries at Lund University have the same lending conditions and library card.

Search the library catalogue LUBcat at

Pick Up and Return Books at any LU Library

Book-drop boxes are placed outside our libraries at CRC and HSC. You can choose any LU library as your preferred pickup location for requested books and returns. Book transports take 1–3 workdays. When your book is available for pickup you will receive an automatic e-mail. Reserved books are on hold for 7 days.

Loan periods, late returns and fines

The loan period for course literature is 14 days, with automatic renewal up to 5 times as long as the book is not requested by another patron. For other books in our collections the loan period is 28 days with automatic renewal if the book is not requested by another patron. You are personally responsible for your loans and keeping track of lending periods.

Fines for delayed books are 10 SEK per book and day. Fines are paid to at the Medical faculty Library Lund or Malmö, we accept only card payments by Visa, MasterCard, or Maestro. After two reminder e-mails we will send an invoice for the purchase price and a handling fee of SEK 300. If you return the book after an invoice is sent you only pay the overdue fine. If a book is ruined you will be charged for a replacement copy.

Your LU Card is your Library Card

Students and staff at Lund University use their LU card as their library card. You can also borrow with an ID card or a RSID card at the library service points. Use your LU card pin code at the self-service machines. Forgot the PIN code for your LU card? Log in with your student account at ”My Page” in the LU card portal at

Create a Library Account and get your Library Card (LU Card)

  1. You can get your LU card at any card office in Lund, or at CRC in Malmö. Remember to bring a valid photo ID.
  2. Go to the library catalogue to create a library account.
  3. Choose home library, where your requested books will be sent, and user category.

List of card offices on Lund University webbsite
LUBcat on Lund University Libraries website

Encyclopedias, dictionaries & medical handbooks as e-books

E-books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries & medical handbooks can be found in the search service LUBsearch or in the library catalogue LUBcat. To access, redan, or download e-books off-campus, log in with your student account.

LUBsearch on Lund University Libraries website

Read your textbook as an e-book: anatomy, medicine & biomedicine

On the platform ClinicalKey Student, you find many textbooks in medicine and biomedicine available as e-books. You can read and download titles like Abbas: Basic Immunology, Sobotta Atlas of Anatomy, Kumar: Robbins basic pathology and many more.

Create an account for ClinicalKey Student

List of e-books in medicine and biomedicine

Scientific Journals and databases

LUBsearch is the Lund University portal for accessing the library collection of e-journals, e-books and databases. LUBsearch is freely searchable, but the electronic journals, articles or e-books can only be read and downloaded on the university network. Off-campus access is only available for students and employees at Lund University with student id or Lucat.

Off-Campus Access to Articles and E-books

For off-campus access to articles and e-books you need to log in to LUBsearch with your student account.

Useful search tips and guidance in literature search and evaluation

Your subject librarian gives lectures and seminars in literature search. You can also get useful advice for search terms and search strategies in the library student guide:
Search, Evaluate, Write & Cite: Search at 

Writing a Literature Review?

The library student guide gives an introduction to reading and evaluating research articles.

Search, evaluate, write and cite: Evaluate at 

Can't find the materials you need at Lund University?

If you can't find what you're looking for at our libraries or any other Lund University library, we can help you. You can submit an Interlibrary Loan request for article copies or books, log in with your student account. You collect and pay requested articles at the library information desks.

International interlibrary loan temporarily cancelled due to Covid-19


  • Books from libraries in the Nordic countries: no fee
  • Books from libraries outside the Nordic countries: 150 SEK
  • Articles: 80 SEK

Submit an interlibrary loan request at

Book a librarian

If you need help with:

  • Search strategies
  • Evaluation of search results
  • Evaluation of scientific literature
  • Citing & EndNote

Book a librarian at