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 three categories: day loans, course books and specialist books.

  • Day loans must be returned no later than 08:00 the following workday at the library where you borrowed the book.
  • Course books should be returned within 7 workdays. You may return course books at Flemingsberg or Solna, regardless of which unit you borrowed them
  • Specialist books should be returned within 21 workdays. You may return specialist books at Flemingsberg or Solna, regardless of which unit you borrowed them

The library can post books 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, mental health problems 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 when a book is to be returned. You then have two days to return the book.
  • 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 anytime by logging in to My Account.

Reserving books

To reserve a book you must first log in to My Account.


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

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
Day loans 20 SEK per hour
Course books 10 SEK per day
Specialist book 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 by card or swish at the library or remotely by contacting us.

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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