You can borrow free of charge at all the libraries in the Umeå Region. The libraries give you access to books, e-books, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, databases, encyclopedias, community information etc. Several libraries also provide music, films and video games.
Please ask us! The staff is available to help you in the best possible way. The library gladly receives suggestions for purchases.
In order to borrow items, you need a library card. You can obtain one by presenting a valid photo ID. By signing the library card, you agree to adhere to the library’s terms of borrowing.
Children can also obtain library cards, once they turn 6 years old.
Bring the library card when you visit the library. The library card is valid at all libraries in the Umeå Region.
Information about your current loans and reservations are registered in a joint computer system for the libraries in the Umeå Region. This means that information which falls under the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act is available to the staff of the libraries. The staff is subject to a duty of confidentiality in accordance with Chapter 9, Section 22 of the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act. The library collects information regarding names and addresses from SPAR (the Swedish address registry). The library requires current addresses in order to be able to send out notifications on reservations and reminders of late returns and bills.
If you provide an e-mail address, you can receive notice of when the loan period is about to expire, reminders of late returns and notifications when your reserved books become available.
If you provide a mobile phone number, you can receive notifications via text message.
The library card is a valuable personal document. This means that you are responsible for all items borrowed using the card. Books and other materials that are borrowed shall be returned on time, and in good condition.
Guardians are responsible for items borrowed by their children.
Promptly notify one of the libraries if you lose your library card. If anyone else uses your card to borrow items, you may be held liable for compensation. If you need to suspend your library card, you can call your library, or log in at Minabibliotek.se.
You can obtain a new card subject to a fee.
You choose your own pin code which is connected to the card. You need the code when you borrow using our self-service machines.
You also need the code to create a user account on our website Minabibliotek.se. The user account allows you to check the dates for your loans, make reservations and loan renewals. You can also search the databases and download e-books.
In certain libraries, you need the code in order to book computers and group rooms.
The return date is stated on the loan receipt and when you log in at Minabibliotek.se.
The length of the loan period varies depending on what you borrow. Materials for which there is a great demand have a shorter loan period.
You can renew your loans at Minabibliotek.se, at the library, or by telephone. If you renew a loan after the loan period has expired, you must pay a late fee.
You may renew each loan five times.
You may not renew loans of materials for which there is a queue or which have a short loan period.
You may reserve a book which is on loan, or which is available at another of the region’s libraries. When the book is available at your chosen library you receive a notification.
The library charges a late fee for books and other materials which are returned late.
Once you have turned 18 years old, you are liable for late fees. It is preferable that the fee is paid when you return the late item. If payment is not made, the fee remains on your library card.
If the aggregated fees are more than SEK 50, your library card will be suspended until the fees have been paid. An invoice may then be issued for the fee, in which case, there will be an additional invoicing fee.
If the material is not returned after two reminders, an invoice will be issued and the library card suspended.
Invoices for children and youths under the age of 18 are sent to their guardians.