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Terms of use

You may use databases, e-journals and e-books provided by Chalmers Library for your own research and for non-commercial purposes only.

Performing searches for commercial purposes or entities is not allowed. Systematic downloading is prohibited, for example using software or script that automatize the process.

As a student or Chalmers employee, you can access the e-resources off-campus.

Copying books and journals

Swedish copyright law permits individuals to copy single pages from published works. This means that it is permitted to copy a small portion of a book or a journal.


You are allowed to print and download individual articles from our electronic journals if you intend to use them for research or for non-commercial purposes.


Conditions for printing and downloading vary depending on e-book supplier.

It is often permissible to print or download a reasonable part of a book for research or personal non-commercial use. In some cases, however, it is only permitted to print or download a few pages. Other publishers allow entire books to be downloaded permanently or for time-limited offline reading. A collective agreement for all publishers is that e-books should never be passed on to other users.

Specific terms are available in the list of e-book platforms (part of the Database search). Under More info you will find terms of use for each platform. If it says that you may download (digitally copy) or print-out (print copy) a "reasonable portion", it means a couple of chapters.

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