Every hour the UOC community downloads close to 500 items from the Library

Subject:  Multidisciplinary
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Author: Sandra Pérez (foto: Poike)

Students and teaching and research staff downloaded nearly five million items last year

Books, images and videos; if you're about to start the semester, here's an explanation of the information the Library offers you

The UOC community is consulting and downloading an ever increasing amount of digital content from the Library, including books, book chapters, articles and conference proceedings. That is the conclusion of the latest report on the use of the collection. What increased the most in 2021 was the number of items downloaded, up from two million in 2017 to nearly five million in 2021

Before the start of the semester, let us tell you about the Library, its collection and the content most frequently consulted by the university community


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    Total searches 2021

    1,5 M

    + 21%

  • Icono UOC descargas

    Total downloads 2021

    4,8 M

    + 18.9%

What will you find in it?

The Library contains thousands of resources that have been specifically selected for their quality and relevance to the university's areas of study. The gateway to all this information is the Library search engine, where you can consult the following items: 

The most visited digital collections

In the Library, you can consult packages with digital content covering various subjects, formats (patents, videos, standards, etc.) and geographical scopes (international, national, regional, etc.).

You can find most collections by entering the name directly into the search engine. You can also see the resources that are available to you for your courses in Search the digital collection by field.

The most downloaded collections in 2021.

Favourite sections

Apart from information from the search engine and digital collections, the Library has information for your assignments and final projects, such as tips for improving academic writing, avoiding plagiarism, making presentations, and citing sources of information.

There are also the library guides, which contain information curated by a team of librarians, working with the faculties and research centres.

The pages with the most visits in the last academic year (from September 2021 to July 2022) were as follows:

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