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How to borrow and request materials

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 access all our services you need to activate your library account .

What can I borrow/use?

I am I can borrow Interlibrary 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. (If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, you need to obtain a library card)
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. (If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, you need to obtain a library card)

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. (If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, you need to obtain a library card)

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. (If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, you need to obtain a library card)

*If you have problems with access, contact biblioteket@kth.se .

Finding resources

Use our search function Primo to search for resources available through the KTH Library.

Search materials in Primo

More on how to search

Books located on open shelves can be picked up and borrowed by everyone whith an activated libary account.

Books that are on loan, that are loacated in closed stacks, or are available at another 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.

Purchase and interlibrary loan requests

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.

Requests

You can request

  • Books that are on loan
  • Books that are in closed stacks
  • Books that you want to have sent between our three 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.

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 .

Should another library patron requests the book, you will receive an email stating that it is time to return the book. 

Overdue fees

You will be charged an overdue fee  on late returns requested by another library patron, and course books from Kista or Södertälje.

Book returns

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 library entrance. Book drops are available at all our locations.

As long as a book belongs to the KTH Library it may be returned at any of our locations, 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.

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, with 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 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 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.

Price list for orders

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.