Current information about library services during the COVID-19 outbreak

On this page we will gather current information about the library services during the outbreak of COVID-19 (the corona virus). Changes in library services can occur quickly if recommendations changes.

Opening hours

As of Wednesday 18 March, the library in Flemingsberg will only offer extended opening hours for KI students and KI employees (read more about how it works extended opening hours). No staff will work in the library facility.

A maximum of 50 people is allowed at the same time in the library premises. Please note that gathering in groups should not take place at KI's premises, but premises will stay open with the aim of giving students space for individual work in airy environments with connection and access to computers. 

As of Wednesday 18 March, the pop-up library in Solna is only open Monday – Friday from 8:30 – 10:00 for KI students and KI employees. Knock on the door to get in touch with staff.

Please note that from Wednesday 18 March, there will be no access to the library premises unless you are a KI student or employee. Be prepared to show your KI card if anyone should ask.

Until stated otherwise, these limited opening hours will apply.

However, we will gladly help you in our digital channels, so feel free to contact us via these instead. This applies to both library and student IT issues.

These regulations are based on the recommendations of the Public Health Authorities to limit social contact and the recommendations of KI; Information about the corona virus for staff and students.

Booked guidance

If you have booked guidance with a writing instructor or a librarian, your meeting will be held online, check your student email or KI email for instructions on how the meeting is set up.


If you're attending a workshop at the library, please note that these may be cancelled or run online, see your student e-mail for information about what applies to you.

Borrowing and returning books

As of 19 March, the loan period for day loans is changed to 7-day loans. This applies also to books you have already borrowed.

As of 19 March, there will be no late fees on delayed books. However, your fellow students would appreciate if you return reserved books before the loan expires. If this is not possible, please contact us.

Having trouble returning books? You can get an overview of your loans through My account, see your return dates and see which books have been renewed automatically. If the book cannot be renewed, and you do not have the opportunity to get to the library – contact us and we will try to solve it.

If you don't have access to the library, use our book drops near the entrances to return books. The book drops are open 24/7. 

  • The book drop in Flemingsberg can be found at Alfred Nobels allé 8, outside of the main entrance, to the left if you're going in. It's a grey metal box with the sign Bokinkast / book drop on it. 
  • The book drop in Solna can be found at Retzius väg 13A, it's a black box with the sign Bokinkast / Book drop on it. 

For you as a student

You can borrow reserved books and other literature in Solna Monday-Friday 8:30-10:00.

You can use the extended opening hours in Flemingsberg, including access to all books and other resources such as group rooms, resource rooms and more. Your KI card is your access card, and is necessary for access to the premises.

Those staying in the library must follow the hygiene guidelines. Please note that studying in groups is not allowed at the moment.

For you as an employee

You can borrow reserved books and other literature in Solna Monday-Friday 8:30-10:00.

You can use the extended opening hours in Flemingsberg, but please note that you must have applied for access to your KI card before coming to the library.

We recommend that you choose "home delivery" when reserving books. First, log into My account and make sure we have a correct job address entered in your account. The book will come with the internal mail. Do you work at home? Then change your "preferred address" to your home address and the book will come home to you by mail.

For doctoral students and rules regarding "nailing"

Important information on changed "nailing" rules and the public defence can be found on the KI Staff site:

For you as a public user (not KI affiliated)

During this period, you who are not KI affiliated cannot use the library premises. This means that you cannot borrow or reserve books.

If you need to borrow books we recommend that you ask for a interlibrary loan from your local public library, usually to a small cost.

At the moment, public users cannot access electronic materials through library computers. We recommend that you first see if your article is available online with an open access licence, try search at the web page Hitta öppet tillgängliga artiklar (page in Swedish).


  • Visit the library only if you feel completely healthy.
  • Keep a minimum of 1 meter to the next person.
  • Wash your hands frequently, desinfection is also effective.
  • Cough and sneeze in the arm fold.
  • Our toilets are cleaned twice a day.

Temporarily available resources

  • MLA (Mediacal Library Association) lists COVID-19 related resources that now are free to access.
  • During March and April KI affiliated have access to GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network), the world’s premier Global Infectious Disease knowledge management tool.

Stay informed

During these times the risk of misinformation increases, and we advice you to carefully check your sources. More information can be found at the page Evaluating information.

Curious about how it works with e-books? Many English textbooks are available as e-books, please read our blog post When you need to stay away from the library – borrow an e-book.

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