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Access to electronic material

As a student or employee at KTH you have automatic access to electronic material via the library.

Other users are welcome to visit our libraries where we have guest computers and guest accounts for wifi that you can use for a limited time to access our electronic material.

Access electronic resources off campus

As long as you are working at a computer connected to KTH's network, you will access the library's subscribed resources automatically since you have an IP number that belongs to KTH.

If you are outside KTH's network, you will need to log in via the library's proxy server to access electronic material. This happens completely automatically when you search for resources through the library's web pages and search service: you are automatically redirected for logging in and access to e-resources. To access e-resources, you must be registered as a student or employee at KTH.

Below are some additional tips for you who work and study from outside KTH's network.

Problem accessing electronic material?

If you are experiencing problems accessing electronic materials we ask you to report the problem to us so that we can investigate and find a solution. Please describe the problem as detailed as possible and write if you were on campus or elsewhere when you tried to access the resource. If you received an error message it’s helpful if you can send us a screenshot.

Report an access problem

Lean Library Access browser Extension

Lean Library Access is a plug-in for your browser that helps you find and access the library's subscribed e-resources. This extension is especially useful if you are off Campus.

Read more about Lean Library Access

Bookmarklet

Drag and drop this KTHB proxy link to your bookmark toolbar  or right click and save it as a bookmark. Once you have done this, you can use the bookmarklet to reload a page through the proxy server and get access to the material (given that it is a resource that the library subscribes to).

Log in with KTH ID

For some resources it is possible to log in directly with your KTH account. You can often find such login under headings like "Sign in via your institution". You then select KTH in the list and get redirected to KTH's login service.

VPN

If you are connected to KTH's network via VPN (Virtual Private Network) you will in many cases be able to access subscribed e-resources. However, if you have problems with a certain resource via VPN then please try one of the methods above.

Read more about connecting to VPN at IT-support

Licensing Terms for e-resources

The KTH library contracts with a variety of vendors and publishers to provide access to electronic resources. The license agreements stipulate how and by whom they may be used and these terms and conditions must be adhered to. If license terms are violated resource providers may temporarily, or permanently, suspend our access.

The list below provides you with some examples of what is usually accepted/not accepted usage, but some licenses may contain additional terms. Users are encouraged to look for the "Terms of use" for the specific resource/web page for more information. In the library's search tool and linking service there is often an information icon beside the link to the resource. Hover your cursor over it to get a summary of what applies to that particular resource.

Generally acceptable usage

  • Making limited print or electronic copies
  • Use for the purpose of research, teaching or private study
  • Sharing with KTH faculty, staff and students
  • Posting links to specific content

Generally not acceptable usage

  • Systematic or substantial printing, copying or downloading
  • Using for commercial purposes or re-publishing, re-distributing or altering content
  • Sharing with anyone other than KTH faculty, staff and students
  • Posting actual content or articles to web sites, list serves etc