In 1825 the foundation of the KTH Library was laid through the first purchases and donations. Nowadays, the focus of acquisition is on electronic resources. The library takes great account of requests from students, teachers and researchers when acquiring resources or starting new subscriptions.
The KTH Library provides e-journals, e-books and databases via subscriptions, purchases and open access. The collections largely reflect KTH's research and education, but also provide access to most other subject areas.
KTH Library gives direct access to:
- 250 000 e-books
- 100 databases
- 11 000 subscriptions to e-journals
A large number of open access resources can be added to this.
The library's printed collections are distributed over three campuses and two external magazines.
The book collection is, with some exceptions, set up in three suites: the older book collection, which covers 1825-1960. The collection 1961-2001 which is available in Open magazine. The latest book suite runs from 2002.
In 2015, the collections of the Architecture Library were moved to the Main Library. The architecture collection consists of approximately 30,000 books in architecture, architectural history, building construction theory, teaching theory and urban construction. We subscribe to 60 printed journals, and a number of electronic journals.
The KTH library's journal collections are extensive. Most are of a scientific nature, but also journals from trade associations are represented. Many journals are available in long suites, often unbroken since its first edition. Journals are, with a few exceptions, placed in external repositories and ordered when needed. The journals of the architecture collection are available at the library.
The journals can be read in the library.
Very unique material can be found among our special collections.
- Byggdoksamlingen contains literature in the property, building and environment. The collection largely covers construction research in Sweden until 2003 and provides a coherent picture of Swedish building research. The collection is available in open stacks.
- The Holm Collection is our smallest collection and is related to the physicist Ragnar Holm's research. The collection is placed in a glass cabinet in the Northern Gallery.
- The flight collection includes books in aeronautics, aerodynamics, space technology and fluid mechanics, as well as about 20,000 technical reports (NACA, AGARD etc.). The collection is available in the Northern Gallery and in open stacks.
- The KTH collection contains material that has been published at KTH and submitted to the library before 2010. The collection is in closed stacks and in Ångdomen.
- The collection for international congresses contains publications from various congresses around the world. The congress collection ended in the mid-1990s.
- The collection in energy and nuclear technology consists of books in the areas of energy and energy related environmental technology, and about 100,000 reports. Particularly extensive is the collection within the nuclear energy field from the 1950s and onwards. The collection is available in open stacks.
- The International Development Cooperation Collection - SIUS, focuses on international development cooperation within the environment, land and water, planning, construction and energy in a sustainable perspective. The collection is available in the open stacks.
- The collection for technology and science history contains books on technology and science from a social and historical perspective. In combination with the older book collection, an overview is given of the Swedish technical and scientific development.
- The older book collection is a unique documentation of Sweden's development from agrarian land to industrial nation and spans a broad subject field. The collection can only be visited by appointment. The older book collection also includes a handwriting archive with letter collections and manuscripts.