Welcome all our new students!

The Fall semester started yesterday and for many of you it was a familiar place to return to, but for some, The University of Borås is a totally new place. We want to welcome you all, both new and old students, to the University Library. Come to our lounge to relax, flip through the magazines, and visit with your friends. Don’t hesitate to ask when you have questions, we will try our best to make you feel comfortable at our library.

A couple of tips:

  • On the first floor there is a reference copy of all compulsory course literature. You cannot borrow these books; they are for use inside the library only.
  • There is a loan-copy of all course books. They can be found at the appropriate subject headings on the shelves. A lot of the course books may also be found as e-books.
  • The copying machines are on floor 1 and floor 3.
  • Printers can be found on floors 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • There is a quiet study room (no computers allowed) on floor 2.
  • Group room booking can be done on the library’s web page
  • All books are in numerical order, starting with 000 on floor 2,5 and is concluded with 999 on floor 4.
  • Adjust your speaking volume – talk by all means – but in normal or lower voice. The library is a working environment for both the students and librarians. Switch your mobile to silent mode etc.
  • You are not permitted to eat at the library. You may have drinks with lids, fruits and candy but if you want to eat something else the café is right outside of the library.
  • When you need help with information seeking contact a librarian at the information point on floor 2.
  • When you have questions or problems with you user account, Word or other computer programs contact our Computer support on floor 2. They are open 11-13 and 15-17 Monday through Thursday and 12-16 on Fridays.
  • You can find math support on floor 1 Monday through Friday from 15 onwards. Students from the School of Engineering will be there to help you with math problems.

So, when you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Ps – we can see that many of you has already stopped by:-) Great!

Standing in line at the borrowing machine

3 practical things to think about when working in the library

Many many students visit the Library premises every day to find information, work on essays and study together with classmates. We are very happy that so many find the Library useful and we welcome all students!

Although we would like these things to happen naturally, we are urged to remind our students of a few things from time to time.

If everyone respects each other and the following – the Library will be an even more creative and welcoming place. We hope that you will enjoy many hours of creativity and inspiration here with us!

1. Noise levels

To keep the noise levels down we ask you to please: 

  • Pay respect to your fellow students, try to keep your voice down
  • For group studies – if possible, book a study room
  • Keep your cell phone signal off and try to avoid talking in the phone in the Library (this includes Skype:ing)
  • Take breaks, go out for a cup of coffee once in a while to regain focus

Studies show that the sound of other people’s voices around you is one of the most disturbing noises when you need to focus.

There is a silent reading room on the entrance floor if you want peace and quiet. You can also borrow headphones and get earplugs at the Library information desk to shut out unwanted noise around you.

Check the map of the library premises to see where computer halls, group study rooms etcetera is located.

2. No food

This is a place for work and studies and therefore you are not allowed to bring any food into the library. If you feel the need to eat while studying in the library you are allowed to bring the following as a snack:
– Coffee and other drinks if you have a lid on the cup
– Fruit

Cooked meals, sandwiches, cupcakes and everything else that smells, crumbles or leaves our tables sticky and our carpets stained is not allowed!

We refer all eating to the cafeterias and tables in the corridors, or to the areas where students can heat up their own packed lunchboxes. Thank you for respecting this.

3. Don’t make a mess

Tidy up after yourself, throw your waste in the bin and make sure you don’t leave anything behind on the tables. We are also very grateful if you do not move around our furniture.

In short – leave everything in the same state as you would like to find it! 🙂