Request a book loan or an article

Use the Library search engine to find books, articles and more.

Books on loan

If you find a book that is only available in print, you can ask to borrow it. Here's how. The service is available in Spain and Andorra. 

How it works?

  1. Make a request

    Find the book you're looking for with the Library search engine, log in if you haven't already done so, and click on Borrow.

    Choose the delivery method:

    View or cancel your loans from My Account, in the search engine itself.

  2. Pick it up

    You will receive a notification at your UOC email address when the book is available at the pick-up point

    You must always have your UOC card on you. 

  3. Return or renew

    You can renew your loans before their due date provided the books have not been reserved by someone else. You can do this from My Account (in the search engine itself).

    You can return the book at:

Expand your search

Request an item from another university library in Catalonia

Simply choose the Catalan University Union Catalogue option from the search engine's drop-down menu.

Consult the conditions for the processing of personal data relating to this loan.

Request an item from other Spanish or international institutions

If you can't find the item using the Library's search engine, fill in the form and we'll look for it elsewhere.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We'll send you an email to your UOC address.

You'll need to show your university card or photo ID to pick up the books. 

If you want to pick a library book from another Catalan university, you'll have to show your UOC card. Check the opening hours for each of the places.

Before going the first time, you'll need to sign in to My account with your Virtual Campus username and password to automatically update your details as a user of the loan service.  

We only provide a hard copy of a book on loan when a digital version is not available.

When you request a loan, we'll first look to find the book in digital format. If we find it, we'll add it to our collection so that other people can read it and we'll provide you with the link.

As a digital library, we make every effort to add to our digital collection because more people can access the works instantly, from anywhere and at any time.

If you are unable to collect a UOC book in person, you can get someone else to do it by giving them a written authorization, but ultimate responsibility for the document will always lie with you.

The collection of books from other national or international institutions cannot be delegated to anyone else.

To pick up a book at the Jaume Fuster Library, simply select it from the drop-down menu when requesting the loan.

We will send an email to your UOC address to notify you when the book arrives. You can pick it up from the desk at the Jaume Fuster Library. You will need identify yourself with your UOC card or your identity card.

Check the opening hours for the Jaume Fuster Library. If you cannot get to the libary, you can authorize someone else to pick it up for you.

You can use the mailbox at the Jaume Fuster Library to return the book,. If you cannot return it yourself, you can get someone else to return it for you.

To pick up or return books at the Jaume Fuster Library you do not need to make an appointment.


You will receive a reminder at your UOC email address before the loan due date. If you're late returning a title, the service will be temporarily suspended by one calendar day per book, per day of delay.

If you lose a book, damage it or fail to return it, you must replace it and inform the Library team as soon as possible.

For more details, see the loan service regulations.

You can pick up the book in person at the university library which owns it. In this case, no appointment is necessary.

You will always have to prove your identity with your UOC card.

Before going, and only the first time, you'll need to sign in to My account with your Virtual Campus username and password to automatically update your details as a user of the loan service.

When returning borrowed books, you can go to another university and hand them in at the library's lending desk or place them in their external returns box. 

If you live outside the region of Barcelona, in Spain or Andorra, the Library takes care of the return, temporarily and exceptionally (Make your request).

If you work at the UOC, you have the option of returning it to our 22@ buildings.

You must put the book in an internal mail envelope, address it to the Library's "Central de Préstec", and then leave it in the "Central de Préstec" pigeon hole for returns.

Write on the envelope:

DATA: day, month, year

DE/D': your name and surname


DEPT.: Préstec


Only if you are a student or teacher of the Psychology and Health Studies
(check the terms and conditions).