Interlibrary Loans

Many libraries around the world are currently closed in order to prevent virus spreading. This means that, at this time, we are not able to get hold of everything ordered. It might take longer than normal for the orders to arrive as well.

Interlibrary loan service for the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology

Active students and staff at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology can request interlibrary loans of material not found at any of the libraries at Lund University. Students and staff at other faculties are requested to turn to their own faculty/departmental library: All Faculty / Department Libraries
  • If you are requesting a book that cannot be found at any of the libraries at Lund University, printed och digitally, you can make an interlibrary loan. Due to publishers rights we can unfortunately not make interlibrary loans of e-books, but we always try to find a print version.
  • Only interlibrary loans of material that is intended for study or research purposes can be made through the Libraries of the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology. This means that if you are a student the loan has to be connected with the course you are currently registered on at the HT Faculties. If you want to request interlibrary loans of material for other purposes we advise you to contact your closest public library.
  • Journals can not be borrowed, but article copies can be ordered at a charge.
  • Book loans from within the Nordic countries - free of charge
  • Book loans from outside the Nordic countries - 150 SEK/book
  • Photocopies of articles - 80 SEK/copy regardless of the source
  • Photocopies of more extensive works such as theses are usually more expensive. In such cases, ask for details of fees. Payment is made at the information desk.
  • Costs for interlibrary loans made by HT researchers and teachers are paid by the HT faculties.

N.B.: Costs may be added if applied by the lending library.

Start with searching in our local systems before you make an interlibrary loan

If the book or article you are looking for is located at any of the libraries at Lund University, it cannot be requested as an interlibrary loan – even if the book is currently checked out or if it is for reference use only. Start with searching in the library catalogue LUBcat, or if you are looking for an article, LUBsearch. Books printed before 1957, are sometimes not listed in LUBcat, or LIBRIS, but can be found in the University Library's digitized card catalogue Katalog -1957. If the book or the journal is not listed in LUBcat, LUBsearch, or Katalog -1957, you can request it as an interlibrary loan in one of the two ways described below.

Interlibrary loans can be ordered in two ways:

A book, found in LIBRIS, may be requested directly from the catalogue record. Before you make your first request, you must create an account in LIBRIS (when asked to fill in your Library card number, type the last 10 digits of you LU card number):

Create an account - Asia Library
Create an account - LUX Library
Create an account - SOL Library

After having created an account: Log in. Go on to LIBRIS' search page by choosing Start or Extended search. When you have found a book in LIBRIS that you want to borrow, make a request:

  • Click on the blue text Interlibrary loan/request
  • Send the request
  • A confirmation message will be sent to the e-mail address registered
  • Log out in top right corner

NOTE! Journal articles should be requested with the Order forms for interlibrary loans to the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology.

Renew interlibrary loans

Do you need to renew your interlibrary loans? Fill in this form.

Loan of audiovisual media

The Swedish Media Database, SMDB, is a search service for the audiovisual collections at the National Library of Sweden (KB). The database contains information about programmes that have aired on TV or radio, about videos, movies presented in theaters, CDs, and multimedia. The SMDB covers most Swedish broadcasts and publications since 1979, but contains older material as well.

Audiovisual recordings needed for research projects, may be requested directly from the SMDB. The research project must first be approved by the National Library of Sweden.

Remote Access at the Royal Library

Due to the Corona pandemic the Royal library in Stockholm (KB) has launched a service, that makes it possible to get access to some types of the material in their collections via streaming. The service is available for researchers and PhD students. In order to make the streaming service possible KB has signed deals with the copyright organisations ALIS (Administration av Litterära rättigheter i Sverige), Bonus Copyright Access and Bildupphovsrätt i Sverige. The agreements are valid 30th of August for photos and audiovisual material.

The service is free of charge, but KB demands that every person who orders is authorized. The authorization is done by the interlibrary loans librarians at the library users' subject library at their own university. The agreements cover the following types of material:

  1. Material from the manuscript collection will be made accessible for PhD students and researchers at Swedish universities. This means that those users will be able to get access to copyright protected manuscripts via streaming without having to sign agreements themselves and without paying for it.
  2. Pictures from the manucsript- and picture collections will be made accessible for PhD students and researchers at Swedish universities. This means that those users will be able to get access to copyright protected manuscripts via streaming without having to sign agreements themselves and without paying for it.


If are a researcher or a PhD student, and you want to order any book, picture or manuscript according to what is described above, send an e-mail to your subject library's interlibrary loans service:

Give a clear reference to the book/picture/manuscript you want to order, find it in LIBRIS or Arken and add the link to your e-mail. It is important that you only order what's included in the description above.

All questions concerning the process of ordering and getting access to what you order (except sending the mail to our interlibrary loans services) should be directed to the Royal Library.

Information at the Royal Library's website (in Swedish)


For interlibrary loans to SOL Library

For interlibrary loans to LUX Library

For interlibrary loans to Asia Library

Lund University Libraries

About interlibrary loans at Lund University


Find books and request interlibrary loans in LIBRIS.

Order form

for books not found in LIBRIS and for article copies.

Renew Interlibrary Loan

If you wish to renew your interlibrary loans, please use our form!

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