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Access to electronic material

As a student or employee at KTH you have automatic access to electronic material (for example e-books and articles) through your KTH account. Other users are welcome to visit our libraries where we have 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

LibKey Nomad gives access to articles

When you have added the extension LibKey Nomad you will be notified when an article is available through KTH Library or if an open access-article exists.

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

Tools for finding open access articles

The following tools may come in handy if you are looking for a specific article but can’t get hold of the published version, with these tools you can find open access articles.

Bookmark for access

This is a shortcut for reloading a subscribed web site so that you can access it when you are off campus.

Click and drag this link to the bookmarks bar in your browser: KTH Library proxy link . When you are on a website that you know the library subscribes to, click on the bookmark. The page will be reloaded via the library's proxy server and you get access to the resource.

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.

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.