Borrow and request materials
The KTH Library is a public library open to everyone. Some of our services are only available to students and staff at KTH.
Activate your library account to access the KTH Library services.
What you can borrow and use
Use our search function Primo to search for resources available through the KTH Library.
Books that are on loan, that are located in closed stacks, or are available the other KTH Library location, may be requested. You cannot request a book that is available at the library location where you want to pick it up.
Books located on open shelves can be picked up and borrowed by everyone with an activated library account.
If the library does not have what you're looking for
In case you are looking for materials that are not held by the KTH Library, it is possible to submit a purchase or interlibrary loan request. The service is open to all students and employees at KTH.
Submit a purchase or interlibrary loan request
Books that are held by KTH Library but currently on loan will not be considered for purchase or interlibrary loan.
You can request
- Books that are on loan
- Books that are in closed stacks
- Books that you want to have sent between our KTH libraries (not 7 day loans)
If a book is available for request, you will see a button with the word Request when you have searched for the book in Primo.
You can not request
- Books that are available at the same library where you wish to pick ut up. Please go directly to the shelf.
- Other materials with different limitations
When the book is available for pick-up you will receive an email with a code. Requested books are placed on an open shelf by the library information desk.
The book will be held for 5 days and if you do not intend to borrow the book, please remove the request from your account so someone else can borrow it instead.
We have two different loan periods for books. 14 days is by far the most common, and applies to most books except for 7-day loans in Södertälje.
- If the loan period is 14 days, you also have automatic renewals up to 180 days if no one else requests the book.
- If the loan period is 7 days (7-day loan Södetälje), you also have automatic renewals up to 21 days if no one else requests the book.
We do not send emails for automatic renewals, only when it is time to return 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 .
See all current return dates by logging in to My Library Account .
If another library patron requests the book you have borrowed, you will be notyfied by e-mail that the book must be returned.
You will be charged an overdue fee on late returns requested by another library patron, and on course books from Södertälje.
Books are preferably returned in the self-service machines, follow the instructions on the screen.
If the library is closed, you can drop the book in our book drop by the Main Library entrance, accessible 24/7.
You can also return books in the book drop in Södertälje, only available during the library's regular extended opening hours. During longer holiday periods, Campus Södertälje is usually closed.
KTH Library books may be returned at the Main Library or Södertälje, no matter where you picked them up.
In exeptional cases you might have to return a book by post. Please note that you are responsible for the book until it is checked-in at the KTH Library, and that you have to pay postage.
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Architectural journals can be found at the main library, while most other journals are placed in external repositories. You can request copies of articles from our external stacks. This service is free of charge for KTH students and staff. All other requests are charged according to our price list. If you are a public user, we will refer you to your local library.
If you want to read a journal or book that is placed in the external stacks in Bålsta, you can make a request . You will receive an email when the order is delivered. The service is free of charge for KTH affiliated.