Karolinska Institutet University Library (KIB) is a public library, open to all. During the COVID-19 pandemic these rules and services might be temporarily changed. 

My Account / manage your loansApply for a library card

Are you a new student? Please check the page New student for details on how loans work during the spring term of 2021.

Library card

Anyone who has turned 16 years of age and has a valid Swedish ID can apply for a library card. If you have a foreign passport you need to show a certificate that you are currently studying at a Swedish university.

PIN code and contact information

  • Students change their PIN code trough KIPAS (only accessible at campus) and their contact information trough Ladok
  • KI employees or public users can change the PIN code and contact information at My Account

Library service regulations

When applying, you must accept our library service regulations. As a student, you accept our regulations by activating your student account.

Loan periods

The library's books are divided into two categories: course books and specialist books.

  • Course books have a loan period of 7 days. (Loans are atuomatically renewed if no one has reserved the book or if you reached maximum number (26) of loan weeks). 
  • Specialist books have a loan period of 21 days. (Loans are atuomatically renewed if no one has reserved the book or if you reached maximum number (52) of loan weeks). 

The library can send books by post to distance students with an address outside the Stockholm area (but within Sweden). You can read more under Postal loans in our library service regulations.

Other library service regulations apply to those with dyslexia or are in need of some special assistance. Read about loan periods and more options for those who require custom literature.

Renewing books

  • Course books and specialist books loans are automatically renewed if no one has reserved the book. You will not recieve any messages from the library if the books are automatically renewed.
  • We will send you an email two days in advance when a book needs to be returned. 
  • At the end of each month you will receive an email with information about all your loans and reservations. You can also check your loans by logging in to My Account.

Requesting books

To request a book you must first log in to My Account. You can't request books that are available on the shelf. "First come, first serve" applies to books that are available.

Returning books

Books may be returned to any of our libraries that suits you best. If the library is closed you can use our book drop:

If you need to return your books via post, use the following address:

Karolinska Institutet, Universitetsbiblioteket Solna, Fe 200, SE-171 77 Stockholm

Both books borrowed in Solna and in Flemingsberg, also books 2kg+, are to be sent to this address. Please note! You pay the postal fees and you are responsible for the books until they are delivered to the library.

Fines and invoices

If you are late returning a book, no matter the reason, you will get an overdue fine.

Type of material Overdue charge
All books 10 SEK per day

If you have overdue fines of or exceeding 100 SEK, you will be blocked from borrowing, renewing, and requesting books. As soon as you pay your fines in full we will remove the block. You can pay online via a link from My pages or on site in the library with card or Swish.

If you have not returned a book after a longer period of time, an invoice for the replacement fee is sent. You do not need to pay the invoice if you return the book.

More information on fines and invoices can be found in our library service regulations.

Submit purchase suggestions

If you do not find what you are looking for in our catalogue, feel free to submit a purchase suggestion. If it is not possible to purchase a book, we try to borrow it from another library. This only applies to KI students and researchers.

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