Borrow and order from the library

Information on how to borrow and order materials (books, articles and other items) from the NTNU University Library.

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See also: Library services for students | Library services for employees

The NTNU University Library is a public library consisting of 15 campus libraries and a virtual help desk available to all users.

Library Borrowing Policy

How to register

You need a library card to borrow material. The library card is personal and cannot be used by someone else. Loss of card or a change in your association with NTNU must be reported to the library immediately.


  • As a student you will be automatically registered as a borrower. You select your primary campus library when registering, and this is where material you order will be sent. You can still use and borrow from all our campus libraries.
  • Your student card is your library card. You will find your borrower number on the back of the card. Example: NTNU123456, M 0123456789
  • Remember to update changes in address or other personal details in Studentweb.

NTNU employees

  • As an employee, you will be automatically registered as a borrower at your campus library.
  • Your NTNU-employee card is your library card. You will find your borrower number on the backside of the card. Example: NTNU123456, M 0123456789


  • If you are not associated with NTNU: please fill out this form or visit one of the campus libraries.
  • Please bring valid ID to collect your library card at the library
  • The borrower is responsible for keeping their contact information (including address) up to date.

What can you borrow?

Most of what you find in our collections can be borrowed free of charge. In addition to our physical collections, we offer a broad range of digital journals and books.

Access to material

Digital journals and books are available via NTNU’s network, either directly from campus or through guest computers in the library. Staff and students have access to material off campus via VPN.

Request articles

If a full-text article is available for NTNU users, this will be indicated by a NTNU-button/link (this applies to the majority of academic databases and Google Scholar). If NTNU does not provide full-text access, employees and students can request a copy to be ordered by the library.

Order material

If the material you want is unavailable at the NTNU University Library, we can order it for you from another library. This applies to students and employees. If you are not associated with NTNU, you must order through a public library. Except to this rule is businesses and institutions who borrow from us on a professional basis. This is a service that requires payment, and rules might apply for commercial businesses.

How to borrow

To borrow from our collections, you must be registered as a borrower.

You can find our print- and digital collections in Oria. There, you may also search in over a hundred other subject- and research libraries in Norway. You do not have to be logged in to Oria to perform a search, but you must be to order materials. Click on [Sign in] in the right-hand corner of the page. When you are logged in, select [Request] to place an order.

To search in the NTNU University Library’s collections, select the tab [NTNU University Library]. You must be logged on to NTNU’s network or VPN to gain access to full-text versions of digital articles and books.

  1. Search for the material in Oria.
  2. Select the item you want to borrow in the list of search results to see where/if it is available.
  3. If the material is available, Oria will give you the book’s call number and shelf location. You can then visit the library and find the material. If available for your item, you can select the [locate] button in Oria to get its specific location on the shelf.
  4. To borrow material, check it out at the self-service station or ask our staff for help.
  5. If the material is currently on loan or unavailable, log in to Oria and order/reserve. It’s not possible to make a reservation for one specific date.
  6. Material that the NTNU University Library does not have available, can be ordered from other libraries. To search and order from other collections, select the tab [Norwegian Academic Libraries] in Oria.
  7. You will be notified by text message or email when the material is available on the Library’s pickup shelf.

If you are a remote student, material can be sent to your home address. You are responsible for returning the material yourself. Where copyright agreements allow it, we will send digital material as an attachment in emails.

Loan periods

Regular loan: 4 weeks

Short-term loan: 14 days

One day loan: The material cannot be taken home and must be returned the same day

The date on your receipt includes the return date. You can also find this information in your Oria account.

Extending a loan

For most material, the loan period can be extended if it’s not reserved by another borrower. However, restrictions may apply to certain items.

Loans cannot be extended more than 180 days for students and 365 days for empolyees. For other borrowers, the limit is 90 days.

Returning material

You can return borrowed material at all campus libraries. Use the self-service station where available or place the material in one of our return boxes, located close to the library.

The borrower’s responsibilities

  • All material taken out of the library must be registered as a loan, and the borrower is personally responsible for everything that is registered to their library card.
  • Material that is damaged or lost must be reimbursed according to rules and rates decided by the NTNU University Library. Loans are to be returned before the lending time has expired.
  • Borrowed material must not be passed on to others.


When borrowed material is overdue, you will get a reminder. If the material is not returned, borrowers will be charged a fine of minimum 1000 NOK per item. Your account will be suspended until the fine has been paid. Extra charges might be added if the fee goes to collection.

  • The library retains ownership to material that has not been returned.
  • Breaking the library’s borrowing policy can result in a loss of your right to borrow, or a restriction on number of simultaneous loans.
  • The NTNU University Library can under special circumstances give dispensation from some of the rules.


Is there any material you cannot find in our collections but think the Library should have? Send us a suggestion.


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