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Access to electronic resources

As a student or employee at Chalmers, you can access the library's electronic resources; databases, e-books, and e-journals by identifying yourself with your Chalmers ID (CID). This means that you always have access both on and off campus.

As a public user, you also have access to the library's electronic resources, however, it requires that you are on site in the library's premises. Read more about what applies further down this page.

Login with CID

When you try to use a restricted electronic resource an identify screen appears. Please identify yourself using Chalmers ID (CID).

Please note that several electronic resources require identification also on campus.

User tips

Start at Chalmers Library's website

The easiest way to access e-resources is via the library’s website. When clicking the link to the article, e-book or database, the identify screen is displayed automatically when needed.


Identify yourselves with OpenAthens at the e-resource platforms

At several publisher platforms, databases etc, you can login with your CID through the service OpenAthens. Look for "Sign in via your institution", "OpenAthens" or similar. If there are several Chalmers options, it is important that you select "Chalmers library". Read more about OpenAthens.


Use the Link Resolver

If you see an "@Chalmers button", click it and it will take you to the full text of an article when available. If the full text is not available, you are welcome to request the article or book.  


Google Scholar

Select Chalmers University Library web address in Google Scholar’s settings. This way you will receive full text links to resources held by the library when using Google Scholar.


LibKey and BrowZine

For easier navigation to journal articles, check out LibKey and BrowZine.  These are tools that help you find PDF files of scholarly journal articles as simple as possible.

Not a student or staff at Chalmers?

Even you who are neither a student nor employed at Chalmers University of Technology are warmly welcome to use Chalmers Library. You can also access our electronic resources for personal study purposes. However, it is required that you are on site in the library to gain this access.

In the library, you can use our public desktop computers to search and read in most of our electronic books, journals and databases. To log in to our public computers, you first need to create a library account. Then you log in with your social security number / library card number and a PIN code.

We have public desktop computers both at the Main Library at Johanneberg and at Chalmers Learning Common in Kuggen, Lindholmen.

Terms and conditions for use of e-resources


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. Click the button More info and scroll down to "Terms of use (downloads, printouts etc.) for this database." If it says that you may download (digital copy) or print-out (print copy) a "reasonable portion", it means a couple of chapters.


Ask the library

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