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Borrow and request material

The KTH Library is a public library and open to everyone. Some of our services are reserved for students and staff at KTH. This page will tell you more about how our services work, how to get a library account and loan periods.

Library account

To start using our services you need to activate your library account .

What can I borrow/use?

I am I can borrow Inter library loans I can use databases and e-resources Library account and library card
Student Everything

Yes, maximum 5 at a time. Free of charge within Sweden. If the book is in the Stockholm area, you can not request an interlibrary loan, turn directly to the library.
Price list for international loans and articles

Yes, through your KTH account First, activate your library account . You can then immediately request and borrow books with your social security number. Library cards are optional.
Employee (including researchers and doctoral students*) Everything Yes, no limit. No cost. It is also possible to borrow interlibrary loans from Stockholm libraries. Yes, through your KTH account

First, activate your library account . You can then immediately request and borrow books with your social security number. Library cards are optional.

Affiliated researcher with KTH e-mail but no account Everything Yes, no limit. No cost. It is also possible to borrow interlibrary loans from Stockholm libraries. If you have problems with access, contact biblioteket@kth.se

First, activate your library account . You can then immediately request and borrow books with your social security number. Library cards are optional.

Public user Everything (except journal articles from Bålsta which are ordered via your local library. Entire journal volumes can be borrowed on request, contact biblioteket@kth.se ) No. Turn to your local library Only through computers in the library or through wifi in the library

First, activate your library account . then go the information desk for ID check. Library cards are optional

*Please note that some doctoral students are not employees, but are linked to KTH as a student / other affiliate. If you have problems with access, contact biblioteket@kth.se .

Find material

Use our search function Primo to search for material available in the library.

Search material in Primo

Read more on how to search

Books that are in our open collections can be picked up directly on the shelf. It is not possible to request books that are available at the same library you want to pick up the book. Books that are on loan, that are in closed stacks, or are available at another KTH library can, however, be requested.

If we don't have what you are looking for

  • The library can order materials  that are not in our collections for KTH affiliated for studies and research in KTH's subject areas. An order takes 1-2 weeks, provided that the book is available at the lending library. Books that are available at KTH but are on loan will not be borrowed from another library, you have to request the book.
  • You can also search Libris  yourself to see if the book is available at any other library in the area. If the book is in a library in the Stockholm area, students should go there for a loan. Employees can place orders at KTH Library from libraries in the Stockholm area.

Tip!

If you instead search in Libris , select "KTH Library" under the tab "My libraries" to see what we have.

Purchase suggestions

As a KTH student or employee, you also have the opportunity to suggest materials for purchases or to loan from another library. After you have filled in the form, we will check what opportunities there are to obtain the material.

Order material or suggest a purchase

Request

You can request books that are on loan, that are in closed stacks, or are available at another KTH library. When a book is available for request, you will see a button with the word Request when you have searched for the book.

You will receive an email when the book is available for pick up. You can then pick up the book yourself in the request shelf. See your pick up code in your email.

You have five days to pick up your requested book.

If you do not intend to pick up the book, please remove the request from your account so that someone else can have a chance to borrow the book.

Loan periods

Material type Loan period Renewals?
Books from all collections 14 days Automatic renewals up to 180 days if no one else request the book
Course books in Kista and Söderälje 7 days Automatic renewals up to 21 days if no one else request the book

For interlibrary loans (loans from other libraries), it is always the lending library that determines the return date, see the current date on the receipt and / or My Library Account .

You can always see all current return dates by logging in to My Library Account .

If someone requests the book, you will receive an email stating that it is time to return the book. That email is sent as soon as a reservation has been placed on the book, but always at least two days before the loan period expires.

Overdue fees

If you are late with a loan that is requested by someone else (or is a course book from Kista or Södertälje) an overdue fee  will be charged.

Return books

You return books in our self-service machines, follow the instructions on the screen.

If the library is closed, you can leave the books in our book drops near the entrances. These are available at all libraries. You can return books at the KTH library that suits you best.

If you do not have the opportunity to come in and return the book on site, you can send it by post. Please note that you are responsible for the book until it arrives to us and you pay postage.

Postal address:
KTH
KTH Library
100 44 Stockholm

Course books in Kista and Södertälje

At our libraries in Kista and Södertälje there are course books with a 7 days loan period, and automatic renewals up to 21 days. This means that you can keep the book for a minimum of 7 days, and the loan period is then extended for 7 days at a time until someone else makes a reservation on the book.

To borrow course books, you need to visit the respective libraries. You can return the books at any of the KTH libraries.

Journals

Architectural journals can be found at the main library, while most other journals are placed in external repositories. You can order copies  of articles from the repositories. This service is free for KTH students and staff. All other orders are charged according to our price list. If you are a public user, we will refer you to your local library.

Price list for orders

If you want to read a magazine or book that is placed in the external stacks in Bålsta, you can order  it to the main library. You will receive an email when the order is delivered. The service is free of charge for KTH affiliated.

Order material from KTH Library