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Engineering: Books

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Application for a library card (only for exchange students) - library catalogue

To search for books and other e-resources available at RU you need to use Leitir is the online library catalogue of all books available in Icelandic libraries and electronic journal articles in the national consortia. At first, you just search what is available at RU, and after that, you can expand the search to see what is available at other libraries. 

Use Sign in with your electric ID to renew loans and reserve books. Only books that are already on loan can be reserved, and you will receive an email to your RU account when you can pick up the book, but the book is reserved for 3 days. Unclaimed reservations will be lent the next in line. If you don't have an Icelandic electric ID, you can contact your library at and get a username and password to sign in. 

The Coursebook Library

The Coursebook library is a collection at the library, and books marked as belonging to it in the library system are located at the reception desk. The Coursebook library contains a copy of all textbooks used in undergraduate programmes during the current semester and selected books used in graduate programmes. 

The books are only loaned for use on campus and should not be taken home. Generally, coursebooks are only lent out for that one day, except on Fridays; students can borrow coursebooks over the weekend but need to be returned before 9 am on Monday. Books can always be returned earlier over the weekend in the return box outside the library.

The Coursebook library also contains some valuable books to the library but have not been reserved for use in individual courses. For information about which of these works can be borrowed, turn to the reception desk employee.

ProQuest Ebook Central

A new academic ebooks library is now available at Reykjavík University with access to almost 200.000 titles:

ProQuest Ebook Central

To activate your access to Ebook Central for the first time you need to:

  1. Be in the university building
  2. Click on "Forgot username or password"
  3. Put in your RU email address and select "Reset password"
  4. Finish the setup from your email account

Locating books on the shelves

The library uses the Dewey decimal system to organize the books on shelves. 


Main numbers for books related to Engineering: 

620 Engineering
621 Mechanical Engineering
621.3 Electronic Engineering
621.382 Telecommunication Engineering
621.39 Computer Engineering
624 Civil Engineering
660 Chemical Engineering


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