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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.

For educational purposes, please find more information at Bonus Copyright Access.


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). 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.

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