Check out books and journals

How to search for publications

Most items suitable for borrowing can be found using our online catalogue. There are some exceptions:

  • Some multivolume titles and works catalogued before 1984;
  • Some articles catalogued before 1970;
  • UN and EU materials (if you are interested in the official documents of these organizations, please consult the main desk of the Library);
  • Requesting old prints is restricted (please ask at main desk).

To request publications for use inside the Reading Room

  • Go to our catalogue and select the publication you wish to use. Before you can make a request, you will be asked to enter the number of your library pass and your password.

Request Articles

  • To request an article from a periodical using the traditional method:
    • Find the article in the catalogue, and then click on the title of the article in the shortlist - a screen will appear with the article information.
    • Click on the title of the periodical.
    • Click Go to List of Volumes
    • Mark the checkbox of the required volume(s) and click request/reserve.
      • NB. You can only do so when you are logged in. You can use the login box on the right of your screen.
  • Alternatively, you can use the Plinklet-method:
    • Find the article in the catalogue, click on the title of the article in the shortlist.
    • Click on the ‘Plinklet’ button. A new window will open. If the article is available online, a link will appear on the top of this new window which leads you to the appropriate database.
      • NB. Note that most databases are only accessible when you are inside the Reading Room of the Library.
    • Directly underneath the link to the databases, you will find a link ‘borrow,’ which brings you directly to the request-page for the relevant volume of the periodical.
    • Click Go to List of Volumes and mark the checkbox of the required volume(s) and click request/reserve.

Request Books

  • To request a book:
    • Find the book in the catalogue, click on the title of the book in the shortlist – a screen will appear with the book information.
    • Click on Available for Request. Log in with your name and password.
    • Mark the checkbox and click request/reserve.
  • To request articles from a book, you have to
    • find the article in the catalogue, click on the title of the article in the shortlist – a screen will appear with information about the article.
    • Click on the title of the book, which you will find after ‘In:’. Then follow the procedure for the request of a book.

Collecting the requested publications

  • Approximately 30 to 45 minutes after you have requested your publication, the requested books and journals will be sent from the stacks to the reading room. You can collect the publications at the main desk of the Reading Room. You can also make your requests at home before your visit to the Library. Requested publications are kept on the reading room shelves for 7 days.
  • Each reader can have a maximum of 20 publications on the loan record. You can borrow books for a period of 14 days, and periodicals for a period of 7 days, in order to use them inside the Reading Room.
    • Books published after 1950 can be checked out at the main desk and taken home. The maximum is 20 books for a period of 2 weeks.
    • You cannot take periodicals (journals, yearbooks, etc.) or books published before 1950 outside the reading room. You can only consult them inside the Library.
    • UN documents, reference books, loose-leaf works must also be consulted inside the library.
  • If the requested title has already been borrowed by someone else, you can reserve the publication. You will receive a notice of arrival after it has been returned. It will be kept on reserve for 7 days.