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University Library lending regulations

Everything you need to know about loans.

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Who can borrow?

Stavanger University Library is an academic library. Borrowing privileges are granted to any person over the age of 16.


A valid ID must be shown in order to get a library card. The card is personal and can’t be used by others. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the university library regulations before using the library card.

If you are a student at UiS, your student card will serve as your library card. The same goes for your Digital Student ID. Students can change their address in Studentweb, other patrons must contact the library.

Loan period

The loan period for books, theses, films, journals, etc is three weeks. The loan period for sheet music is six weeks. The loan period for calculators and chargers for phones and tablets is one day.

All loans from the university library are automatically renewed, unless they are requested by other patrons or the maximum hold time of 4 months has been reached. 

Interlibrary loans are not automatically renewed. These may be renewed from Oria

Overdue loans which can't be renewed must be returned as soon as possible. Overdue loans may cause overdue fines and compensation claims.

Ordering loans and copies

If the book is available on our shelves you have to collect it yourself. Books on loan can be requested. Books and articles not available at our own library can be requested from other libraries. This service is provided free of charge to students and staff at UiS. Students from other universities may request interlibrary loan of books. Articles must be requested from your own learning institution. 

Borrowers responsibility

You are personally responsible for all materials borrowed. Sublending is not allowed.

You are responsible to read e-mails from the library.

Loss of borrowing rights

Borrowing rights may be lost if you fail to uphold the library regulations.

Searching the library’s database

Start your search in the library’s database Oria. You can search for books, journals and articles. You can also search for one or more subjects.

If you can’t find what you are looking for in the library’s collection, you can search “All libraries”. Oria contains the collections of all university libraries in Norway, as well as many other academic libraries.

Renew loans

You renew your loans in Oria:

  • Click on "Sign in" in the upper right corner on the screen
  • Go to My Account
  • Log in using your Feide-ID
  • Renew all your loans, or select the ones you would like to renew

If you are not a student or staff at UiS you have to select Bibsys as affiliation. Your user name is [borrower-ID] You will receive a password via e-mail when you are registered as a user in the library.

Materials you cannot renew yourself:
  • Materials requested by another patron
  • Books which you have already had for 4 months (one year for staff). These may be renewed by bringing them to the library
  • If you have received a compensation claim for one or several documents, you will not be able to renew any loans
  • If you have more than 100 kr in overdue fines, you will not be able to renew any loans

Request materials

You can request items that are on loan or requested by another patron. This is how to do it:

  • Search for the book in Oria
  • Select "Does not exist at Universitetsbiblioteket i Stavanger". This message means that the book is currently unavailable
  • Sign in to reserve the book
  • Select "Request" under "Get it"
  • Write a comment if necessary and click "Request"

The item is requested for you and you will receive a message by SMS and/or e-mail when it can be collected at the library. You have four days to collect the item after receiving the notice.

It is not possible to request items available on the shelves.

Interlibrary loans

In order to request an interlibrary loan, search in “All libraries” and proceed the same way as when you reserve material. Click "Resource sharing request" under "Get it" to request an interlibrary loan. Students from other universities must contact the library for interlibrary loans. 

Books and articles not available at our own library can be requested from other libraries. This service is free of charge for students and staff at UiS. Students from other universities may request interlibrary loans of books. Articles must be requested from their own learning institution. 

If you are not able to find your required documents via Oria, you may send a request to Please remember to add all the information required for us to locate the document. For articles, information about journal name, author, title, year, volume, issue and pages is required.

We will order the material for you. Available documents usually arrive within one week.

Article copies usually arrive after one or two days. Due to copyright restrictions we can only provide printed copies of articles, not digital copies.

A message is sent to you by SMS or e-mail when the requested material arrives.

You can return books in the library during our opening hours. Use the return-box by the entrance of KE-house to return books when the library is closed.

At Bjergsted library the return-box is by the entrance to the library.

Overdue fines

You will get a notification three days before your loans are due. The following rates will apply if you do not return your items on time:

First overdue notification: Free

Second overdue notification: 25 NOK per item

Third overdue notification: 25 NOK per item

Paying overdue fines

If you have received overdue fines, you may pay using Vipps. You can download the app in App Store and Google Play.

Type in our number in Vipps, 116258, and choose "Pay overdue fines". Enter your due amount and pay. If you are paying for someone else you need to type their name in the comment section. Your overdue fine will be deleted within the next working day. Please contact us if you are unable to pay using Vipps.

Compensation claims

If you have lost or damaged an item, you have to replace it. We will send you a compensation claim after the third overdue notification.

The following rates will apply for lost or damaged items:
  • Books: 700 NOK. You can also replace the book by buying a new copy. The replacement copy must be the newest edition.
  • Journals, theses, DVDs and CDs and chargers: 350 NOK.
  • Calculators: 700 NOK.
  • Hublet Samsung tablet: 4000 NOK. This price is defined by the original cost of the tablet. 

Compensation claims are sent by invoice. If you return the item after you have received an invoice, we will credit the claim. If you still have overdue fines, you have to pay these.

You will not get a refund if you find the book after you have replaced it or paid compensation. Exceptions may be made if the book is rare or of local historic value.

If you have 100 NOK or more in overdue fines or compensation claims, you lose your borrowing rights until you have settled your account.

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