Remote access

When you are using a computer off-campus or off KI:s wired network, you must be recognized as a KI user in some other way, in order to access journals, databases and ebooks provided by the library. Here we have gathered tips on different ways to get remote access to the library's resources and what you can do when it does not work.

Please note that if you are not affiliated to KI, you can only access the library’s e-resources from the computers in the library.

Start your search on the library's website

When you start your search through the library's website, you will be asked to log in with your KI / student login when you try to open a database (for example PubMed, Web of Science or Cinahl) or a full text article that is not free.

It is also beneficial to use the links at when you want to search databases which are freely available for everyone, such as PubMed or Google Scholar, because then the link "Get it! @KI", that provides access to the articles that the library subscribes to, appears.

The Lean Library Access browser extension

The library's service Lean Library Access is a browser extension that automatically checks if you can download an article via the library's subscriptions. If the library does not have a subscription, the extension will search for an open access version of the article; if that is not available, it will link to our order form.

Follow these steps to install Lean Library Access to the browser on your computer:

  • Download Lean Library Access to your browser. The extension is available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and Opera when using a computer (not tablet or mobile phone).
  • Install Lean Library Access by following the instructions. Select Karolinska Institutet from the menu. If you allow pop-ups in your browser, it can inform you when you have access to articles behind pay walls.
  • Done! Now you can download articles from, for example, PubMed or Google Scholar without first having to visit the library's website, even if they are published in journals that the library subscribes to. The grey icon in the browser's toolbar turns green when Lean Library Access is active and has identified content that you can access either through the library or open access.

Add KI as your Google Scholar institution

When you go to Settings (which sometimes only display as a cogwheel icon) under the menu (the icon with three horizontal lines) in Google Scholar, Library links is one of the options you can choose. Here you can search for and add Karolinska Institutet, and other institutions which you possibly also belong to.

Google Scholar, add your departement

When you have done this the 'Get it!@KI' link shows next to the articles the library subscribes to, even if you did not use the library’s link to Google Scholar.


Use BrowZine on your computer or mobile device

When you browse one of your favourite journals from your bookshelf in BrowZine, you do not have to log in again when you want to read an article, download it for offline reading or export it to EndNote / Zotero. If you use BrowZine on a tablet or mobile phone, you only need to update your login details every six months to keep your access to the subscribed journals from the library.


BrowZine gives you access to approximately 10 000 subscribed journals. Browse journal titles, read offline and collect favourite titles in your personal book shelf.

Log in with your KI account on the publishers' platforms

On many publishing platforms, you can log in directly with your KI account to get access to articles that the library subscribes to (as an alternative to going via a link on the library's website). The function is usually called "Institutional login", "Access through your institution" or similar.

Do this:

  • Look for a link to log in at the top right.
  • If there are several options - select "institutional login" or similar.
  • Select Karolinska Institutet in a drop-down list of institutions. The list can also be based on region or identity federation (SWAMID or UK Federation) on some platforms.
  • Log in with your KI account on the login page you are sent to.

Now you can access the content that the library subscribes to. There may still be content that is not included in the library's subscription and that you therefore cannot access, even though you have logged in.

Please note that many platforms also offer login with a personal account. That is a different type of login that requires you to be registered or have a personal membership / subscription. The purpose of the function "Institutional login" is for you to confirm with your KI account that you are connected to KI and therefore have access via the library's subscription. The purpose of a personal account is often that you should be able to save searches or articles or make personal settings.

On some platforms you can be remembered as a KI user so that Karolinska Institutet is already pre-selected next time.

Troubleshooting and other tips

Have you done as described in any of the paragraphs above and still have problems accessing to an article? Perhaps these troubleshooting tips can help you.

Student visiting the information desk in Solna.

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