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Access to e-resources

As a student or employee at Chalmers, you have access to e‑resources through your Chalmers ID, (CID). You can access the library's databases, e‑books and e‑journals wherever you are. If you are not a student or staff member at Chalmers, you can only use the e-resources from the public computers in the library.

Search for e-resources

A good starting point for your search is the search box at the top of the library’s website. From the search results list, you can click on links to articles, e‑books, or databases.

If you search the web without going through the library’s website, we recommend the browser extension LibKey Nomad. It is especially useful when you are off-campus.

It is also possible to search directly at several publishers and databases websites for e‑resources by logging in with your CID through the Openathens service. To log in, select the login option “Sign in via your institution”, “OpenAthens”, or similar on the providers’ websites. If multiple Chalmers options appear, choose Chalmers Library.

Google Scholar settings

You can also use Google Scholar to search for scientific articles. To get access, you need to make a setting:

  1. Select settings in Google Scholar
  2. Select "Library Links"
  3. Search for "Chalmers University of Technology Library – Full text @"

Problem accessing e-resources?

If you encounter a problem accessing an e‑resource, please check the following:

  • Check that you are an active student/employee in Chalmers’ system. Contact your department if something is wrong. If you have finished at Chalmers, you no longer have remote access to e‑resources.
  • Search for e‑resources via the search box on the library’s website. You can also search for databases there. Doing otherwise will not ensure access.
  • Clear the cache and cookies in your web browser. You can also try using incognito mode/private browsing to see if previously stored information is causing problems.
  • Try a different web browser.

If you are still unable to access the e‑resource, please email the library. Include information about which e‑resource you are trying to access, and a screenshot showing any error message.

Terms and conditions for use of e‑resources


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


Conditions for printing and downloading vary depending on e‑book provider.

It is often allowed to print or download a reasonable part of a book for research or personal non-commercial use. In some cases, however, you may only print or download a few pages.

Some providers allow entire books to be downloaded for offline reading. However, the e‑books may never be passed on to anyone else.

In the list of eBook platforms, you will find specific information and terms of use for each platform.

Not a student or employee at Chalmers?

Even if you are not a student or employee at Chalmers, you have the opportunity to access e‑resources for personal study purposes. This requires that you are present at the library and use the public computers. You need to have a library account to be able to log in with your personal identification number or library card number, and corresponding PIN code.

Several public computers are available at the Main Library, Johanneberg and at Chalmers Learning Centre in Kuggen, Lindholmen.

Ask the library

Please contact us if you can't access an electronic resource, or if you have other questions. Ask us