Institutional relations

Belonging to associations, participating in networks and work groups, and establishing agreements are key factors in improving services and maximising the amount of content available to users of the UOC’s Library.



The Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya (CSUC) aims to improve library services through cooperation.

In addition to the UOC, which has been part of the association since 1995, the CSUC’s members include the University of Barcelona, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Technical University of Catalonia, Pompeu Fabra University, Rovira i Virgili University, the Library of Catalonia and the Catalan government’s Ministry of Universities, Research and the Information Society

The CSUC’s two main projects are the Catalan University Union Catalogue (CCUC) and the Digital Library of Catalonia (BDC).

The UOC’s Library participates in the following CSUC work groups:

  • Union Catalogue
  • Online Teaching Materials (MDX)
  • Repositories
  • Mendeley
  • Open-Access Catalan Journals (RACO)
  • Electronic Resources (RELECTRO)
  • Online Doctoral Theses (TDX) 
  • Support for Research
  • Association Inter-library Loans and Access (PICA)



The Red de Bibliotecas Universitarias Españolas (REBIUN) is a network of public and private university libraries in Spain and the libraries of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).

REBIUN has created a union catalogue for all of its member libraries with the aim of carrying out cooperative activities to improve library infrastructure and services.

The UOC Library is taking part in Strategic Line 3: The Digital Library 2.0 and Social Networks and the Working Group on Repositories



The UOC’s Library has been a member of LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, since 2010 and participate with Working Group on Research and Education.

LIBER aims to represent the interests of European research libraries, their universities and their researchers. It promotes innovative, efficient, high-quality information services for teaching, learning and research, as well as access to research information in any format and the preservation of cultural heritage. 

The Open University Library

The Open University Library and the UOC’s Library signed an agreement in 2002 to share experiences and work together on research projects related to digital libraries. 


The UOC's Library is leading a group of experts in Knowledge Resources as part of the international EMPOWER project from the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). The aim of EMPOWER is to link knowledge assets with learning units, creating specific knowledge libraries bound to specific subject curriculums in traditional and online universities.


Coinciding with the recent presentation of the UOC Open Knowledge Action Plan, and in keeping with the tools and processes the University must carry out for a model more committed to scientific knowledge as a public asset, the UOC has become a member of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR).

COAR is an international association with over 140 members and partners worldwide that represent libraries, universities, research institutions, government funders, repository networks and others. Its mission is to improve the visibility and application of the research results through a global network of open access repositories based on international cooperation and interoperability.


As a full member of ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), the UOC community enjoys a wide range of benefits the consortium offers. Once you have registered (using your UOC email address) on their web site, you will be able to access publications from the ECPR Press, the Comparative Politics book series, the Research Methods book series and the following journals:

  • European Political Science (EPS)
  • European Journal of Political Research (EJPR) and its Political Data Yearbook (PDY)
  • European Political Science Review (EPSR)
  • Political Research Exchange (PRX)

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