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In order to find a book and where it is located, you need to search in the Library Search system. If you are at the library, you will find computers that can be used to search for everything the library provides access to.

Reserve the book

If you reserve a book it will be placed on the on-hold shelf for you. To do this, search for the book in the library's search service, click on Access options and then click Place a hold. Log in to your library account with your username and password and then click Send to place the hold.

You will receive an email when the book has been collected and placed on the on-hold shelf.

Note! Reservations are picked once a day. If you arrive before this time to pick up the book, it may still be on the shelf. A book that still is on the shelf can be borrowed by another patron.

Where's the book?

The books in the library are arranged by topic, either by number or letter codes, and you must search for a book in the system to find the exact code.

Code example:
808.027 Neville - Find the book shelf with close by numbers, go digit by digit to find the exact digit combination, then look alphabetically for Neville. There are some separators with code numbers which can help you to locate the book easily.

If you have ordered a book, and received a message that the book has arrived, it is located on the waiting shelf. The books are shelved after your last pick-up date.

Time to borrow

Borrowing machines are available at the library entrance or by the library elevator (third floor). Use your West Card or library card and follow the instructions on the screen. You will need your PIN code.

The loan period is 14 days, and you can renew the loan up to 16 times, if no one has made a request for the book.

Renew Loans

Renew your loans in your library account.

  • Log in
  • Check the boxes of the books you would like to renew.
  • Click on "Renew" or choose ”Renew all”
  • Confirm that you would like to renew the book/books, by clicking "Yes"

If no one has made a request for the book/books, the loan period will be renewed for another 14 days from today’s date.


You return books in the machines on the library entrance floor, press "Return" on the screen. If the library is closed, there are two ways to return your books:

  •  return the books in the boxes outside the library entrance; you can use these when the doors of the university is open or if you can come in with your West Card.
  • Return the book in the return box outside the university entrance face the parking lot.

If you are a distance learner or have problems travelling to Trollhättan, it is always possible to return the books to us by sending them us. The cost of the return postage is to be paid by the user.

University West Library
461 86 Trollhättan, Sweden

If you need help, ask us! We can be contacted at the information desk.

Note! Students receive all emails to their personal adress (used when registrating for education at University West). Staff receive their emails to the university staff email (

All users of the library are permitted to use the library's electronic resources for information searches, excepting commercial purposes.

Do you want to borrow a computer but are not a student?

If you are not a student or employee at the university, you will need a guest account to be able to use the library computers.

As a guest, you also have the opportunity charge your guest account with money to be able to make print outs. Log in with the guest account username and password at Read more about our prices and fees.