The UOC Library during COVID-19

The Library team continues by your side as you carry out your learning, teaching or research activities during this time.

The loan service

Picking up and returning books on loan: what to expect from now on. Stay informed about how the loan service works now that measures are in place to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

You can return books on loan at your nearest UOC point or at any UOC centre, with no appointment necessary. You can also use the Jaume Fuster Library in Barcelona.   Double-check the opening hours before making the trip.  As always, you can also renew your loans as long as they have not been reserved by someone else.

Temporary expansion of our collection

Given the unique situation brought on by COVID-19, several publishing houses that work with the Library have expanded the content in their collections as a way of helping the UOC community through confinement.

Keep in mind that the expansion is temporary, meaning that each resource will be available for a specific period of time. We've provided the end date for each one to make sure you've got all the details you need. 

Elsevier ScienceDirect

Elsevier ScienceDirect

Elsevier makes over 35,000 e-books available. Until the end of October, you can read the most up-to-date titles specializing in different subject areas such as psychology, economics and health sciences.


End date:  31 October

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Project MUSE

Project MuseThanks to this provider's initiative, the UOC community has temporary access to more than 26,000 e-books. The content freely available on the platform during the COVID-19 pandemic will display the "free" icon, as opposed to the "OA" icon, which is used for completely open access content.


End date: end of the health crisis

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UOC open access resources

UOC has joined other cultural and educational institutions in the exchange of knowledge, making around 70 of its e-books on the social sciences available to the general public for the first time. 

Conectad@s: la universidad en casa

Website of the Ministry for Universities and Crue Universidades Españolas, designed by UNED and UOC with e-learning

Open education resources in the UOC's institutional repository, O2

This includes teaching materials produced by the UOC and resources deposited by teaching staff (modules, exercises)

Editorial UOC e-books

A collection of 80 outreach titles on social sciences that take a closer look at communication or psychology.

Keep informed about COVID-19

We suggest reliable and up-to-date information sources to keep abreast of the world health crisis.

Specialist sources

Coronavirus, the management of epidemics and the wider impact on society

A number of freely available research resources related to the Coronavirus group of viruses, and epidemics.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): infection control and prevention measures

Guide by the Cochrane Library containing a series of specialist medicine databases based on scientific evidence.

Guía COVID-19

Proven information and digital resources in Spanish from the National Library of Health Sciences.

Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

The Wiley Online Library team has drawn up a special section with 5,000 academic articles about COVID-19.

Novel Coronavirus Information Center

Elsevier’s free health and medical research on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19.

Coronavirus Research Database

A collection of open access resources from the ProQuest publishing group, with articles and conference reports.

Coronavirus Research Hub

Dedicated text-mining and search tools; biomedical, scientific and clinical literature and datasets.

Publons: COVID-19 related publications

The table below contains papers and pre-prints we've identified as being on the frontier of COVID-19 research.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research

A microsite that highlights freely available research from both the social and behavioral and medical science.


Compilation of online resources and leading free access journals from Oxford University Press.

Impacto jurídico del COVID 19

Dossier gratuït sobre l'impacte jurídic de la COVID 19: anàlisi de les mesures de reactivació de la justícia.



An independent international team of developers, researchers and volunteers aimed at disseminating data.

Mapa de casos de Johns Hopkins University (JHU)

An interactive, real-time notice board with data gathered by Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) map

Collation of international Google data, from Wikipedia, with the number of cases, recovered patients and deaths.


Facts and figures about the two aspects of the worldwide pandemic: economics and politics, and health.

Official government sources

COVID-19 coronavirus data

Public data, updated daily. These include the epidemiological curve and the worldwide distribution.

Evolution of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Basque Country

The Basque Government's Ministry of Health publishes daily reports on the evolution of the new coronavirus.

COVID-19 status in Spain

Information by the Spanish Ministry of Health and Ministry of Science and Innovation, by the Carlos III Institute.

Open data


Use of the Open Government Portal to disseminate more government information about COVID-19.


A community of data scientists working to promote data initiatives against COVID-19.


Open data on COVID-19 in Italy from the President's Office of the Cabinet and the Civil Protection Department.

Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein

Series of common official OGD data on COVID-19 cases from the Swiss authorities.


Procurement focus to regulate and monitor the acquisition of material in light of the COVID-19 emergency.

Ivory Coast

Dashboard that uses government data to scan for COVID-19 cases.


The number of tests, the evolution of the contagion curve, the status and the location of cases.


Comprehensive website with up-to-date information on the health crisis.


Open data platform that uses government data administered by civil society.

South Korea

Open data portal that gathers COVID-19 data, including lists of hospitals and drive-through testing centres.

Research groups

List of research groups that publish results of models predicting how the pandemic will unfold.


Mathematical model developed by the Computational Biology and Complex Systems research group (BIOCOM-SC) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Comparative Medicine and Bio-imaging Centre (CMCiB) of the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP). They draft daily reports with predictions for Spain, Catalonia and the EU.

The Modelling Uncertainty Quantification (MUNQU) research group at the Multidisciplinary Mathematics Institute of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) has produced its own prediction model.


The Spanish Committee for Mathematics (CEMat) is promoting this initiative to provide scientific support to help manage the pandemic. It features the collaboration of 200 groups and researchers in the field of mathematics and statistics, and calls for the provision of scientific predictions to help with strategic decision-making.


Risk map produced by a team of researchers at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili and the University of Zaragoza that predicts the burden on ICU beds in Spain, Portugal and Brazil.


Tool launched by the Cruces University Hospital in Bilbao and supported by the Spanish Anaesthesiology and Reanimation Society (SEDAR), which uses the Ubikare app to predict the evolution and mortality of patients hospitalized with COVID-19.


Article published by the Journal of Infection that proposes the use of lymphopenia as a biomarker to recognize the patients that may become more severe cases. The study is led by the Río Hortega University Hospital in Valladolid and the Biomedical Research Institute in Salamanca.