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readcube: Getting Started

sponsored by the University of Kentucky Libraries


IMPORTANT: ReadCube has been cancelled. To request titles previously supplied by ReadCube, contact Interlibrary Loan.

readcube Assistance

Contact UK Libraries Electronic Resources for assistance.

What is readcube?

The University of Kentucky Libraries offers Labtiva’s readcube Access program, which allows members of the UK community access to full-text articles from selected Nature titles to which the UK Libraries does not subscribe.

readcube Access may be used by all University of Kentucky faculty, staff and students. In order to see the readcube Access option on, you need to verify your affiliation with the University of Kentucky. Therefore, you will need to access the titles through the UK Libraries' website: Users located on campus will be automatically identified as University affiliates; remote users will need to authenticate with linkblue accounts when prompted by the proxy server.

Anyone wanting to use this service will need to setup a readcube account.

How much does it cost to use readcube?

All fees associated with readcube Access 2 day rent-to-read ($6.99) and print-and-stored Cloud access ($12.99) [see Using readcube] will be paid by the UK Libraries for those journals that have been selected by the UK Libraries for this service. If you wish to view a journal to which UK does not subscribe or has not selected for coverage via the readcube service, you may purchase the article yourself or use the Libraries' ILL services.

If you wish to buy a downloadable copy of an article from any of the journals that have been selected by the UK Libraries for access via the readcube service, you will need to access the site from an off-campus computer; go to and make your purchase there.

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