Services

The Library offers a variety of services for the different groups of users, both in the library building (Þjóðarbókhlaða) and through the web.

Select a service or choose a category:

  • All
  • Libraries
  • Faculty at UI
  • Students at UI
  • Publishers

A practical refresher course linked to final project

The course covers several practical points in information searching, handing of thesis into Skemman, etc., depending on the wishes of the instructor. Send a request for introduction


Acquisitions, book orders

The Library is in charge of the acquisitions of works from the Acquisition Fund of the University of Iceland. Students, scholars and other users of the Library can also make suggestions.


Article services

The staff of the interlibrary loan department will photocopy or scan articles and book-chapters from the library collection. A library card is not needed to use this service. Article services are fee based, see Fees.


Book a room at the National and University Library of Iceland

Group study rooms are on 3rd and 4th floor. The rooms are for groups of 3-10 people.


Cataloguing in Gegnir

Staff members of libraries can send in a question to gegnir (hja) landsbokasafn.is on different things related to cataloguing in Gegnir in general. The Gegnir-mail is not only for staff of the libraries, since everybody, whether in Iceland or abroad can send in a question or a suggestion for improvements.


Cataloguing services

The Library specialists catalogues library material for smaller libraries where acquisition is limited. This includes classification, cataloguing and linking into Gegnir. Library material can also have spine labels attached if requested. Further information and questions contact rosast (hja) landsbokasafn.is  or by telephone 525 5723.


Circulation and return

Books and other materials are circulated from the service desks on the 2nd and 4th floors. On second floor there is also a self-service machine. The circulation period is 30 days in general. Some material is circulated for a shorter period, e.g. material from the study books collection on the 4th floor. Teachers at the University of Iceland can request to have material in the study books collection is only for use in the Library or circulated for 1-7 days. Movies are rented for 3 days. If material is not available in the Library, it is possible to order it on interlibrary loan from another library for fee. Students and staff of the University receive a 50% discount of this service. All material in circulation shall be returned to the service desk on the 2nd floor.


Computers

On 1st floor in the Reading Room of the Icelandic National Collection.
On 2nd floor opposite the service desk: Access to the Internet. Passwords given at the service desk.
On the 3rd floor: For students and staff of the University of Iceland. 
On the 4th floor: For students and staff of the University of Iceland.
On the 4th floor next to the Audio-visual Collection: For general users (no access to the Internet).
Computers for searching leitir.is are on all floors.


Course reserves

Teachers at the University of Iceland can reserve material from the library collection, borrow material from other libraries and/or have material from private collections made available in the Course reserves for teaching of special courses. Material in the Course reserves is either available for use in the Library or circulated for one to seven days. The Course reserves is located on the 4th floor of the Library (Þjóðarbókhlaða). For further information contact  namsbokasafn (hja) landsbokasafn.is or by telephone 525 5770


Course reserves for students of the University of Iceland

The Course reserves is located on the 4th floor of the Library (Þjóðarbókhlaða). Book and other material in the Course reserves can be used either in the Library or borrowed for one to seven days. Students are encouraged to find out whether teachers of a particular course use the Course reserves to facilitate access to textbooks, supplementary material and articles on the reading list. For further information contact  namsbokasafn (hja) landsbokasafn.is or by telephone 525 5770 


Dewey-decimal classification system – WebDewey

The Library supervises a national partnership subscription to WebDewey.


Digital declaration on the use of final thesis – form

In addition to a copy of the final thesis, the student shall submit to Skemman  an digital declaration on how the access to the thesis should be handled. Print out the form, fill it out, sign it and return it in a PDF-form to Skemman as a separate document along with the thesis in step 2 .  Many files can be uploaded but only one at a time.


Distance learning students

Those that are registered as distance learning students at the University of Iceland hold the same rights as other students of the University and an effort is made to provide them with comparable services. Distance learning students outside the capital region can have books sent to them by mail and the Library pays for postage one way. Requests for books can be sent to utlan (hja) landsbokasafn.is or requested by telephone 525 5681. Recordings of library instructions for students of the University are available in Guides in English for particular subjects and is to be found on the Library‘s Web.


Doctoral dissertations, deposits into Opin vísindi Repository

Doctoral students can hand in an electronic copy  of their doctoral dissertation into the repository Opin vísindi repository, see guidelines. Doctoral dissertations must have an ISBN number. An application for the ISBN number at the Library is obtained by sending an email to hkg (hja) landsbokasafn.is, including the name of the author, Id-number, title of the doctoral dissertation, the subject field and department.


Donations

The Library accepts donations which support the library collection and are in line with the Library‘s acquisition policy, for further information contact gjafir (hja) landsbokasafn.is or by telephone 525 5717.


EndNote software for managing bibliographic citations

The University of Iceland holds an EndNote licence for students and staff. EndNote is a programme that assists in managing bibliographic citations, creating citations to texts and create bibliographies according to a specific standard.

The programme can be linked to Word and input citations and sources automatically into texts. EndNote saves much time and facilitates bibliographic works considerably. The programme works on both Windows and Mac operating systems. Instructions on installing.


Fees

The Fees of the Library.


Forms

Forms for different services of the Library.


General introduction for first year students

General introduction is offered to facilities and services available to students, along with the most common information channels. The introduction covers search techniques, leitir.is, Guides in English, and the web of the National and University Library. The instruction also emphasizes the students’ special study fields in cooperation with the teachers, and the main databases in those fields are introduced. Request for introduction


Guides in English

Guides for finding library materials, practical guides about submitting to Skemman or Opin vísindi, guides for international students, doctoral students and more.


Information services, information searches

The specialists in information services provide assistance in information searches. Please contact  upplys(at)landsbokasafn.is by telephone 525 5685 or stop by the service desk on the 2nd floor (see opening hours).


Instructions customized to particular courses

Instructions is available for all students of the University of Iceland at all times during their study time. This instruction should preferable be linked to project work in a particular course. The instruction can take place in the Library Main building or teachers can request that the presence of an information specialist be present in a classroom.


ISBN - International Standard Books Number

The National and University Library administers and assigns international standard identification numbers in Iceland. The allocation of numbers are free of charge.


ISMN - International Standard Music Number

The National and University Library administers and assigns international standard identification numbers in Iceland. The allocation of numbers are free of charge.


ISSN - International Standard Serial Number

The National and University Library administers and assigns international standard identification numbers in Iceland. The allocation of numbers are free of charge.


Law Library in Lögberg

The Library of the Legal Department is located on 3rd floor of Lögberg, the building of the Legal Department. Further informationplease contact by email gig (hja) landsbokasafn.is or by telephone 525 4372.


Legal deposits

The Staff of the Legal Deposit Department provides information on what material is covered by legal deposit legislation, printed material as well as digital and how deposits shall be delivered. For further information please contact by skylduskil (hja) landsbokasafn.is


Library café

The café is on the 2nd floor of the Library (in Þjóðarbókhlaða) and it seats about one hundred guests. The café offers a variety of food and drink. In front of the café there is a facility where guests can consume food that they bring themselves.


Library card

Library cards are issued at the service desk on 2nd floor upon the presentation of an identification document with a photo and an Id-number. The library card is included in the registration of students at the University of Iceland, the staff of the University of Iceland  receive their library card for free, but others pay an annual fee according to Fees.  Foreign students at the University of Iceland need to fill out a request for the library card.


List of subject headings in Gegnir

The Library keeps a thesaurus of Icelandic subject headings and an authority file of Icelandic personal names for Gegnir. The subject headings are based on a systematic subject heading list, with subsequent changes that have been accepted by the Subject Heading Committee. Suggestions on new subject heading can be sent to efnisordarad (hja) landskerfi.is


Loans to the Reading Room of the Icelandic National Collection

The role of the Icelandic National Collection is to preserve all published Icelandic material. The works in the Icelandic National Collection are accessible to all for using in the Reading Room, and the librarian serving at the desk in the entrance hall finds those requested works.

For further questions and requests please contact by email islandssafn (hja) landsbokasafn.is or by telephone 525 5630.


Locating journals

A complete catalogue of electronic journals in subscription. Furthermore, there is access to a variety of journals available through open access. One can search those by the title of the journal and by individual journal articles.


Manuscripts and private archives

It is possible to view manuscripts and private archives from the Manuscript Department of the National Library at the Reading Room on the 1st floor. Manuscripts are fetched from the security vault twice a day (at 9.30 and 13.30). Manuscripts and private archives are also accepted for preservation. In the Manuscript Department one can also request interlibrary loans from other manuscript-/archive collections, information services, photographs of documents in the Manuscript Department, introduction and instruction about the operations, history and the collection of the Manuscript Department. For further information and questions contact by email handrit (hja) landsbokasafn.is or by telephone 525 5678.


Nationwide access to electronic subscriptions

Nationwide access to electronic subscriptions is one of the legal assignments of the Library. All electronic subscriptions are accessible through the portal hvar.is.
The administrator of the service is Birgir Björnsson. For questions and suggestions please contact by email hvar (hja) landsbokasafn.is or by telephone 525 5711


Opening hours

Annual overview of opening hours


Opin vísindi, digital repository

Opin vísindi is an digital repository for peer-reviewed scientific publications and doctoral dissertations of all universities in Iceland. Instructions on how to deposit material into Open sciences. for further information please contact by email opinvisindi (hja) landsbokasafn.is or by telephone 525 5715.


Other libraries of the University of Iceland

The Library operates a library for the Legal Department of the University of Iceland, located on the 3rd floor in Lögberg. The School of Education operates its own library in Stakkahlíð, and the Health Science Library of the National Hospital and the University of Iceland is located at Rauðarárstíg 10.


Passwords, registration for leitir.is

Users select their own passwords when they receive their library card. The password is used for all self-service machines and to register for „My pages“ in leitir.is. When users have registered they can renew material, look at their circulation history and reserve material. See also: leitir.is.


Photocopy and scan

On the 1st floor in the Icelandic National Collection: Staff makes photocopies of the library material for users and each page is paid for. See Fees

On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors there are photocopying machines as well as scanners. The users must have a copying card in order to use these machines. Those are sold at the service desk on 2nd floor. See Fees


Photography

It is possible to have a photocopy or a photograph from works in the Icelandic National Collection or the Manuscript Department. Requests are handled by the Library‘s photographer and a special attention is made on the preservation of the item. Each photograph costs 6.200 IKR. See Fees. For further information please contact by email islanssafn (hja) landsbokasafn.is or by telephone 525 5630.


Printers

On the 2nd floor at the service desk: All printing from computers which general users have access to (on 2nd floor and 4th floor. Each page must be paid for, see Fees ).  

On the 3rd floor: for students and staff of the University of Iceland. Black/white printing. Cost for printing is deducted from the printing quota in Ugla.
On the 4th floor: for students and staff of the University of Iceland. It is possible to print in colour. Cost is deducted from the printing quota in Ugla.


Rafhlaðan, digital repository

Rafhlaðan contains and provides access to published digital works by Icelanders
One can submit digital material for preservation in Rafhlaðan through the web-portal of the Library .


Recall of material and fines

A reminder of the due date is usually sent out to the email address of the borrower. It is, however, entirely the responsibility of the borrower that material is returned on time. Users can renew their loans themselves on „My pages“ by registering into leitir.is.

If items are not returned after the due date, a daily fine is collected according to Fees. The National and University Library sends out a recall letter twice after the due date. If the recall is unsuccessful, the items and sent for collection to Motus.


Remote access / VPN connections

The databases subscribed to by the Library and the University of Iceland are only accessible on the University Network. If a computer is not linked to the University Network, access can be denied. Staff and students of the University can access the data outside the University Network through VPN connection.  


Renewal of loans

Loans can be renewed for up to six times if no other borrower is waiting for that material. By signing into leitir.is, the borrowers can renew their loans. See leitir.is.


Renting a classroom

The classroom is on 3rd floor and holds 20 seats.


Renting a locker

The Library holds 144 lockers. Most of the lockers are for guests that use the Library regularly and wish to store their documents from day to day for a longer period of time, up to one semester. The keys are given at the service desk on the 2nd floor against the presentation of a library card and the payment of a security deposit, see Fees . The security deposit is returned when the key is returned. On 2nd floor there are lockers that are rented for a shorter period, 1-2 days. Further information can be found in a brochure which is available in the Library or by email utlan (hja) landsbokasafn.is


Renting the lecture hall

Applications to rent the lecture hall on the 2nd floor in the building (Þjóðarbókhlaða) see Fees. The lecture hall offers equipment and facilities for lectures and gatherings and has seats for 80 people.


Request instruction in information search

Information specialists offer short instruction in information searching. Please contact information services by email upplys (hja) landsbokasafn.is or by telephone 525-5685 or stop by the service desk on 2nd floor and get some good advice on information searching.


Request interlibrary loan

The Library provides the users with books and journal articles from other libraries. Users can order books and articles through leitir.is. The Library is also a national centre for interlibrary loans, provides guidance for interlibrary loans between Icelandic libraries and it is also the library that foreign libraries should turn their requests to for interlibrary loans from Iceland. Further information and questions please contact by email upplys (hja) landsbokasafn.is or by telephone 525 5732.


Reservations

In order to make a reservation of material which another borrower has on loan, the user must be registered in leitir.is with his/her password. See further leitir.is.


Skemman, digital repository

Skemman is a digital repository of final theses of all Icelandic Universities. Doctoral dissertations of students at the University of Iceland are depositied in the Open access repository Opin vísindi. Some departments have set special rules on the access to the final theses and the students are advised to familiarize themselves with the working rules or other guidelines on the final thesis in their department.


According to Article 54, in the regulation for the University of Iceland no 569/2009 a student who plans to graduate from the University of Iceland shall hand in a digital copy of his/her final thesis into Skemman.

Guidelines on depositing thesis to Skemman.

Further information and assistance is available at hi (hja) skemman.is

 


Turnitin

The software Turnitin supports the feedback of teachers to students concerning scholarly writing, references and use of sources. The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture has signed a contract on the use of Turnitin in Icelandic secondary schools and universities until the year 2020, and the Library is in charge of the fulfilment of the contract. Hilma Gunnarsdóttir (hilma(at)landsbokasafn.is) is the project manager for Turnitin and Sigurbjörg Jóhannsdóttir (sibba(at)hi.is) specialist in university teaching at the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Iceland is in charge of the Icelandic access to Turnitin. The Library holds regular information meetings on Turnitin for teachers and students.


Visiting the Library

Introduction to the history of the Library, the role, library materials and organization.


Women's History Archives

The Women's History Archives provides information on Icelandic women's history. It also lends out private archives in its possession. For further information and requests please contact by email kvennasogusafn (hja) landsbokasafn.is or by telephone 525-5779.


 

 

Netspjall