Uppsala University Library and RFID

On September 25th the library staff starts to label books with RFID-tags. This means that the staff will be working in the open collections. We apologise for any inconvenience.


The library system for book security against theft will be greatly improved with a new RFID based security system. The new technology along with the new self-service stations will also speed up book check-in/check-out.

  • All units within the University Library will be equipped with patron self-service stations as well as security gates.
  • The campus cards will work as library cards for all students, researchers and employees at Uppsala University.

On 15 January 2018 the new RFID system will be taken into use. 

What is RFID?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology that uses radio waves to identify an object, such as a book or a library card. The RFID chip contains data and an antenna that is a radio transmitter / receiver. RFID is used in library theft detection systems but also for identifying items in databases such as our library system.