How to Use ScienceDirect Downloader for Free

Do you know you can use ScienceDirect downloader to download premium science research papers for free? Of course, it is possible, and I will teach you how to do that on this page.

ScienceDirect is a popular platform that provides access to a vast collection of scientific articles and research papers. I have written a full article about the ScienceDirect platform and how to signup. You can read that to learn more about the platform.

Most of the articles on the platform require some level of subscription to get access. While most articles on ScienceDirect require a subscription or purchase, there are ways to access them for free. In this article, I will guide you on using a ScienceDirect downloader to access articles without paying.

How to Use ScienceDirect Downloader for Free

By now, I assume you should know how to use the ScienceDirect hub which is what we will be using in this tutorial. If you don’t, use the link in the article to read the article about that.

Note that this article is meant for educational purposes only. If you decide to try out the information on this page, you do that at your own risk. will not be held responsible for any negative outcome.

Follow the procedure below to download ebooks from the ScienceDirect platform for free. There are several ScienceDirect downloaders we can use but in this particular tutorial, we will be using two. They are Sci-hub and Library Genesis.

1. Search for your article

The very first thing to do is to search for the particular article you want to download on ScienceDirect. To make your search easier, make sure you use the ScienceDirect Topics page to narrow down your search. I wrote an article earlier about that and I will leave the link here so you can read it.

  • If the book is for sale, make sure you click on the title of the book until you are fully on the book’s page as shown in the image below.
How to Use ScienceDirect Downloader for Free - ScienceDirect book search
  • Click on the “About the book” button as shown in the screenshot above. This will take you to the bottom of the page where you will find the description of the book.
  • Scroll down a bit until you are in the “Details” section of the book. Take a look at the example in the screenshot below.
How to Use ScienceDirect Downloader for Free - Finding the ISBN
  • When finally on the “Details” page, take a look at the ISBN of the book you want to download. See where to find it as indicated in the screenshot above.
  • Copy it.

2. Sci-Hub as ScienceDirect downloader

Using Sci-Hub as a ScienceDirect downloader is the best way to download your articles for free. Follow the procedure below to start downloading your article.

Visit Sci-Hub’s official website.

After visiting the Sci-Hub page, paste the ISBN you copied earlier from the ScienceDirect page into the Sci-Hub search bar and click on the “Open” button. Check the screenshot below.

Sci-Hub search bar

If the ISBN you copied is correct, you should get to the books page. You can use any of the download options on the page to download the book for free.


That is it. You should be able to download the book successfully using this method. There is another way to download the book and I will tell you about that as well.

3. Using Library Genesis

Library Genesis is one of the largest online shadow libraries out there. I have written a full article about this online library which I will leave the link here. You can read more about it to know more.

It can also be used as a ScienceDirect downloader and I will give you the procedure to do that below.

  • Visit the Library Genesis home page. Make sure you have already copied the ISBN of the book as indicated in the first section of this tutorial. Usually, the title of the book works best on Library Genesis when using it as a ScienceDirect downloader compared to the ISBN.
  • If the ISBN brings a “nothing found” result, go back and copy the title of the book or article.
  • Paste the title in the search bar as indicated in the image above.
  • Set the type of file to “Scientific articles”
  • Set the search fields to “Title”.
  • As soon as you click on the search button, it should generate a list of books that match your title.
  • If you have the list of books, compare the title and authors with the one you have on ScienceDirect before you download them.


Using a ScienceDirect downloader can help you access articles on the platform without paying for a subscription. It is important to note that while this method provides free access to scientific articles, it may not always be legal or endorsed by the publishers. Therefore, it is recommended to use this method responsibly and by the applicable copyright laws in your country.

Always consider supporting the authors and publishers by purchasing articles or subscribing to legitimate platforms if you have the means to do so. If you have any questions or suggestions kindly leave them in the comment box and I will reply as early as possible.

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