Borrowing rules in English

You can borrow books, films, video games, magazines and much more from the public libraries and the mobile library in Malmö.
Borrowing is free, but there are some rules you must follow.
Here is what you need to know about our borrowing rules. 

The library card is a personal document. You are responsible for all loans registered against the card. As a parent or guardian you are responsible for loans taken out by your children. If you lose your library card you must report this immediately to the library at all hours, phone: 040-660 8500.

Your details will not be updated automatically so notify the library of any changes i.e. address and e-mail. Your details can also be changed here. Click "Login".

Library cards for children under the age of 18 must be signed by the parent or legal guardian who also is responsible for all items borrowed by the child.

An adult card should be applied for when turning 18. A patron who loses or damages his/her library card is liable to pay for its replacement (adults SEK25 – children SEK10).

There is no charge for borrowing books or other types of media.

Lending periods, requests and renewals

  • Your loans are automatically renewed two days before the return date, in the cases where this is possible (read more below).
  • Four week loans can be renewed three times.
  • Non-fiction films, music CD and CD-ROMs (two week loans) can be renewed one time.
  • New books with two week loaning periods can not be renewed.
  • Magazines with two week loaning periods can not be renewed.
  • Films, video games and children's DVDs can not be renewed.

The lending period is normally four weeks. If you need the media for a longer period you can renew the loan providing nobody else has reserved the media. You can also borrow or renew loans by phone or over the Internet.

You can also reserve items currently on loan. If you wish to renew/request items this can be done here. Click Login".

Note: You are also responsible for returning borrowed items by using the automated book-drops. Please keep your receipt as this verifies the return of items.

Interlibrary Loans

Loans within the Nordic countries are free of charge for you. For loans from countries other than the Nordic countries you will be charged SEK 250. For copies of articles (from both libraries in Sweden and foreign countries) you will be charged SEK 100 per article.

You can renew interlibrary loans by filling in this form or by

Suspension of Privileges

If you do not comply with our rules, your privileges may be suspended.


Overdue fines

If an item registered on an adult card is not returned by due date, the loan is subject to late charges.

Books and music CDs: SEK2/item and day. The fine is limited at SEK40/volume. There are no fines for overdue returns for children’s books and music CDs for children.

Children’s DVDs, Blu-rays and video games: SEK5/item and day. The fine is limited at SEK300/item.

Feature films: SEK5/item and day. The fine is limited at SEK300/item

Charges for lost or damaged media

You will be sent a reminder if an item is overdue. If not returned despite of the reminder, your lending rights will be withdrawn and you will be sent an invoice. Unpaid invoices are passed on to a debt collection agency. Replacements: you must replace books and other items that are lost or have been damaged during the loan period. If the value of the lost material exceeds standard rates, the library will charge the higher value.

  • Books: min. charge SEK400
  • Books (children): min. charge SEK150
  • Paperbacks: min. charge SEK150
  • Music CDs: min. charge SEK250
  • Music CDs (children): min. charge SEK150
  • DVDs and Blu-rays: min. charge SEK550
  • Video games: min. charge SEK900
  • Magazines: min. charge SEK100
  • Magazines (children): min. charge SEK75
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