Alumni - Graduates have the option of purchasing a library card. The cards cost 2,500 ISK and are valid for one year. Alumni cards can only be bought on weekdays.
APA - See: Citation styles
Articles - LIRU subscribes to several databases in RU's fields of study. The databases contain for example numerous journal articles, many of which have been published in academic and peer reviewed journals. Often, the full text of articles is available. You can also enter the name of a journal in our list of subscribed journals to find out if the full text of an article is available. If not, we can order it for you from other library. See: Interlibrary loans
Book a Librarian - Book a librarian to assist with information retrieval for assignments. More on this service
Citation styles - RU requires high quality of scholarly work and projects and thus requires citing sources according to accredited citation styles. Citation styles used are: APA - used within the School of Business, Psychology, Sport Science, Preliminary Studies and partly within the School of Science and Engineering. IEEE - used within the School of Science and Engineering and School of Computer Science. OSCOLA - used within the School of Law.
Classification system - LIRU classifies all printed material and arranges it in shelves according to the Dewey system (Dewey Decimal Classification system [DDC]). In leitir.is view locations & requests to find the classification number (Call number or Shelf mark). The main classes in RU are:
|004 Computer science
500 Natural ciences
|690 Constr. of buildings
Collections - The collections of LIRU mainly consist of books and journals, and the largest part of its collections is in electronic form. The library purchases access to databases and journals, as well as books. The library also provides the Parliamentary Gazette (Alþingistíðindi), Government Gazette (Stjórnartíðindi), law reports, textbooks used during the current semester, theses, as well as a small collection of DVD discs which support language teaching at RU. Collections are primarily in English and Icelandic.
Copyright - See general discussion on: About copyright
Coursebook library - The Coursebook library is located at the reception desk in the library. It contains a copy of all textbooks used in undergraduate programs during the current semester, in addition to selected books used in graduate programs. The books are only for use within the library.
EU information - The EUi office at Reykjavik University is a part of the European Commission information strategy EU in the World. It is a part of a network of EU information offices in countries outside the Union. It is the only one of its kind in Iceland and is operated by contract between RU and the Commission. More on EUi.
Facilities - The library provides students with various facilities for both individuals and groups. Printing and copying facilities are in a printing room located outside the entrance to the library. There you can print and photocopy in color and black/white, as well as scan materials. The printing room is open 24 hours a day. Printing quota is sold at the reception desk in Sólin.
Food and beverages - Eating is NOT allowed in the library. Visit Sólin or Málið if you wish to have a bite to eat. Light snacks and beverages are allowed on the condition that they are kept in a closed container. Remember to throw empty containers in the trash.
Google Scholar settings - Putting certain settings into Google Scholar, the search engine will include RU bought subscriptions in their results, both on the campus net and through remote access. See instructions for the settings.
Group study rooms - There are four group study rooms in the library, Ú106, Ú107, Ú108 and Ú109. Students book the rooms themselves on booking forms that are located next to the rooms. Each group can book maximum 4 hours per day. Reservation will expire 20 minutes after the start of reservation time if the group arrive to late. The same rules apply in the rooms as in the library; eating is NOT allowed, but beverages are allowed on the condition that they are kept in a closed container. The rooms are booked one day at a time and new booking forms are hung up each morning.
Held items - Registered users in leitir.is can place books on hold. The library provides password. A notification is sent via e-mail when a book on hold is returned to the library. Held items are kept in the LIRU reception for one week after the borrower is notified of their availability.
History - The Library and Information Services at RU (LIRU) were formally opened in January of 1999 by then Minister of Education, Björn Bjarnason. From the beginning, the library directors have placed great emphasis on electronic resources and excellent services. In 2003 a European Documentation Centre (EDC) opened in the library. The Centre was based on an agreement between the Executive Board of the European Union and the European Law Institute at RU. From 2005, when RU and the Technical University of Iceland merged, LIRU operated libraries in two locations. First, in Höfðabakki and Ofanleiti, but in spring 2010, in Ofanleiti and Nauthólsvík. LIRU is currently located in Uranus on the 1st floor in RU's building in Nauthólsvík. The first director of the library was Sólveig Þorsteinsdóttir who served as such from 1998 - July 2001. The second director was Guðrún Tryggvadóttir from 2001 - 2016. Sara Stef. Hildardottir is the current director of LIRU.
IEEE - See: Citation styles
Information literacy - Information specialists at LIRU provide training in information literacy, both in the library and in individual courses. Training can be of a general introductory nature or specialised in RU´s various fields of study.
Information services - Information specialists have fixed office hours Mondays - Thursdays from 14:00 - 16:00. Appointments can also be booked throughout the day. The service covers everything to do with literature searching, as well as citing sources and using reference management programs. For further information contact one of the information specialists
Interlibrary loans - LIRU provides books and articles from journals which are not available in the library. This service is free of charge to instructors and staff. More about Interlibrary loans
Journals - LIRU subscribes to more than 20.000 electronic journals in RU's fields of study but hardly any in print. Print journals are mostly Icelandic journals. The print journals are arranged alphabetically in shelves at the front of the library. Printed journals can NOT be borrowed.
Leitir.is - Leitir.is is a search portal which provides information on holdings in most of the Icelandic libraries. Sign into your account to see your loans and renew them. The library provides password.
Library cards - Exchange students can apply for a library card free of charge. Graduates on the other hand need to purchase a library card if they wish to borrow materials from LIRU's collections. The cost of a library card valid for one year is 2.500 ISK for graduates. Other users do not need library cards. Application for library card
LIRU = Library and Information Services at Reykjavik University - Abbreviation.
Loans - LIRU's patrons are RU staff and students. Information on printed material at RU and at other Icelandic libraries can be found in leitir.is. The general loan period for books is four weeks, except for textbooks. Journals can not be borrowed. At leitir.is you can sign in and extend loans while no one has placed the material on hold. The library provides password. More about LIRU's loan policy. See also: Renewal of loans, Overdue loans and Held items
New material - LIRU compiles a list of new books in the library once per semester.
New patron - Application for library card
OSCOLA - See: Citation styles
Overdue loans - Recall notices are sent via e-mail. Borrowers can get information on loan periods by going to “My account” in leitir.is and there they can renew their loans. The library provides password. Please send a request in time by e-mail if you want to renew Interlibrary loan. If borrowers ignore the loan period of items and do not address recall notices, LIRU has permission to remove them from the list of registered borrowers until the material in question has been returned. The library can also send borrowers a bill for lost library material. The aim is primarly to get the books back to the library for other library users. More about LIRU's loan policy. See: Renewal of loans
Photocopying - See: Printing room
Price list - The price list contains information on the cost of individual library services.
Printing room - Printers and photocopiers are in the printing room located in front of the library. There you can print, scan and copy. The printers names are Library_Black and Library_Color (for color and A3). A print quota is sold at the reception desk in Sólin. Here you can see the balance of your print quota. The printing room is open 24 hours.
Reading facilities - The library provides its students with various work and study spaces that are available on a first-come basis; two reading rooms with total 37 carrels, four group study rooms, study tables for groups and individuals some with computers and soft seating. Employees are allowed to clear tables which have not been used for more than an hour. An emphasis is placed on peace and quiet within the reading facilities, and on students being able to concentrate on their studies without the disturbance of phone calls and chatter. General rules of conduct apply regarding the handling of food and drinks within the reading facilities: No food is allowed, but students are allowed to have beverages on the condition that they are kept in a closed container.
Remote access - Access to most LIRU databases is determined by user location. If you are not connected to the RU net, you can access most databases via our remote access solution. The remote access solution also extends to databases with country-wide access, so users can access them from overseas. You do not need remote access to use databases and journals which are password protected databases and journals
Renewal of loans - You can sign in to leitir.is and renew your loans yourself if the item is not on hold for other user. See instructions. Contact the library for password. Please send us an e-mail request if you want to renew Interlibrary loan because we need a permission from the borrowing library to renew the loan. See also: Overdue loans
Repository - see Skemman
Researches - All RU instructors can send a request to LIRU regarding purchase of material they need for their courses. In addition to copies of textbooks, further reading is kept in the Reserve Library to ensure equal access. Instructors can also request that specific books from the library be kept in the Reserve Library. Instructors can determine the arrangement for loaning out their material. Other material which instructors submit to the Reserve Library is, for example, case studies, critiques, etc. Articles used in teaching can be submitted to the respective course Web site in MySchool. Further information can be found on the library home page: Reserve library
Reserve library - see Coursebook library
Rules - The library has very few but simple rules. Be familiar with the rules
Rules on submission of final theses - Rules on submission of final theses were approved by RU Executive Committee on June 12 2015.
Scanning - See: Printing room
Services - LIRU offers its customers all general library and information services, such as loans, interlibrary loans and information searches, as well as more specialised services. These include assistance in searching for sources and citing sources, using reference management programs, training in information literacy, a reserve library, and more. The services of LIRU are mainly intended for the students, instructors, and staff of RU. More about Service for students - Service for staff
Skemman - As of 2011, electronic copies of RU´s students theses are stored in the online institutional repository of Icelandic university libraries, Skemman. The theses are also searchable in leitir.is. Here you find instructions on how to submit your theses to Skemman.
Textbooks - The reserve library contains a copy of textbooks used in undergraduate studies during the current semester, as well as selected books used in graduate programmes. The books are only for use within the library. Speak with the reception desk employee if you wish to borrow them. See also: Reserve library
Theses - Print copies of final theses are stored at the library except theses of MBA students. Final theses that are only available in print, and are not confidental, can be read in the library. You may need to reserve in advance. Information on theses is searchable in the library system leitir.is.
As of 2011, electronic copies of theses are also stored in the online institutional repository of Icelandic university libraries, Skemman.
From fall semester 2015 it is permitted to submit an electronic copy only of undergraduate thesis to Skemman, if respective schools allow it and it´s stated in the respective schools departmental rules on final theses.
Turnitin - Turnitin is a plagiarism detection software used by educational institutions worldwide. Student papers are uploaded to the system and compared to the Turnitin database, which includes millions of web-pages, journal articles and student papers among other materials. An originality report displays matches between the student paper and material within the database. Introduction to Turnitin
Walk-in-users - Visitors can access our licensed e-resources for personal research use. Please contact the reception desk employee for assistance.