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Borrow as a Distance student

If you have been admitted to a regular distance learning course at the Faculty of Social Sciences and for various reasons cannot visit us on location, you can still make the most of the library’s services.

Library account

If you do not already have a library card from Lund University's Libraries, go to our library catalogue LUBcat, choose "Register a new account", and log in with your student account.

After this, send a message to distans [at] sambib [dot] lu [dot] se

State your name, personal identity number, address, email address and the course you are studying (state the course code). We will then activate your library account. Permission to borrow material from the libraries at Lund University is subject to our common terms and conditions for loans.


Once your account is activated, you can request literature and have it sent home on condition that it is available for off-site loan. Reference books and journals are examples of material which no one is allowed to remove from the library. You can request both course books and other books from Sambib's collections. The loan period for course books is 14 days plus a few extra days for shipping. Other texts can be borrowed for at least 4 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

Please note that you are responsible for the cost of postage when you return the book. If you return the course book late, you will be charged a late fee of SEK 10/day and book.

Our books can be found in the library catalogue LUBcat. When you have found what you want and established that the material is available, send an email to the above address. State the author and title and whether you want a particular edition. If a book you want is out on loan, you can reserve it. Please email the address above.

If you are able to make your way to one of the Lund University Libraries in Malmö or Helsingborg you don't have to make a distance loan. Instead you may proceed by ordering the book directly in LUBcat to your preferred library. Before visiting the library, please pick up your LU card at a card station.

Renewing a loan

You can extend a loan on course books via LUBcat if no one has reserved the book. Read more about how to proceed on the page about how to renew a loan.

Further information

Lund University’s electronic resources are gathered in the shared access point LUBsearch. It features the electronic journals and databases to which Lund University subscribes. Log in to our services in LUBsearch with your student account. A user name and password are sent to you once you have registered at Lund University. For more tips and guidance, look under the heading Search in the menu above.

We welcome your enquiries!

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