Loan of documents from other Catalan universities (PUC)

El PUC is a free service that allows students, teachers and PTGAS of the UPC Request and borrow documents from another library of the member institutions of the Consortium of University Services of Catalonia (CSUC), as long as they are not available on the UPC. 

There are two ways to request documents from the PUC:

  • Go in person to the library where the documents are. You will need to identify yourself with the UPC id card.
  • Make a reservation online:

Request a document by the PUC


By default, the DiscoveryUPC retrieves library documents UPC. If you search for a specific book and can't find it, you can check if it is available in other university libraries without leaving the search engine. 

  1. Select the search scope CCUC / PUC in the search box drop-down.

  1. If you want to make the search more accurate, use a limit.
  2. View the complete record of the document to find out which institutions have it and if it is available.
  3. Log in as a user of the UPC and then your username and password. If you have trouble validating, you have ahelp
  4. If you do not have the option to reserve a copy UPC (Book button), click the button Order by PUC.
  5. The form checks the availability of copies and informs you if there are copies available to order. 
  6. Select the library of the UPC where you want to collect the document.

Automatically, a confirmation message will be generated indicating that your request has been successful. 

When the document is available in the library of your choice, you will receive an email. From that date, you will have four days to pick it up.

In the event that no copies can be used, you will receive a notice of cancellation of the booking by email.

You can also go in person to the library that holds the document and take it directly (loan on site). 

Search field query CCUC / PUC of DiscoveryUPC which libraries of other institutions have a copy of the document and if it is available.

You will need to identify yourself with the Teleconferencing which authorizes you to use the loan service of the UPC, either the physical card or the mobile card. 

Which institutions are part of the on-site loan agreement?

  • Universitat de Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Universitat de Girona
  • Universitat de Lleida
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • Universitat Ramon Llull
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • Universitat de Vic
  • Library of Catalonia
  • UIC - International University of Catalonia (within SGBC (Shared Library Management System))
  • TCM - TecnoCampus Mataró-Maresme (within SGBC (Shared Library Management System))


User type Number of documents Loan days

Undergraduate students

Postgraduate, master's and doctoral students

Master's and postgraduate students of the UPC School

Teaching and research staff

Administration and services staff

Guest lecturers at the UPC

Authorized users (PTGAS, Research UPC and retired PDI/PTGAS)







To use the PUC check that:

  • You belong to one of the types of users of the UPC authorized
  • You have the updated registration in the database of users of the loan service of the UPC logging in to My Account space.
  • You have no overdue loan documents
  • You do not have any penalties on your loan service
You can borrow all the documents that are available or borrow them in the Collective Catalog of Catalan Universities. Participating libraries may exclude documents for reasons of use, preservation, or copyright.

The institutions that are part of the Consortium Loan Service (PUC) are:

  • Universitat de Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Universitat de Girona
  • Universitat de Lleida
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • Universitat Ramon Llull
  • University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia
  • Library of Catalonia
  • GEPA cooperative warehouse
  • UIC - International University of Catalonia (Shared Library Management System)

  • TCM - TecnoCampus Mataró-Maresme (Shared Library Management System)

Go to My Account and choose one of the options available based on your profile:

  • Choose the option PDI, PTGAS and students UPC and validate with your intranet username and password UPC or the Virtual Campus if you belong to one of the following groups:
    • PDI, PTGAS and students of the UPC 
    • Guest lecturers invited by the UPC
    • PDI and PTGAS retired from the UPC
    • Staff working in the entities of the Group UPC (UPCSchool, UPCNet)
    • Master's or postgraduate student of permanent training of the UPCSchool
  • If you are PTGAS/PDI/FUB studentship, validate with your username and password of the Fundació Universitària del Bages. Your username is the first part of the email address (before the @) and the password is the email address.
  • If you are PTGAS/PDI/EAM studentship, choose the option Invited users and validate yourself with the credentials we'll email you when we sign you up.


Having trouble validating yourself?

If you have a username and password UPC, see the Help page for change and forget the password of the UPC. If you do not know your username or email address UPC, contact with ATIC.

If you are a master's or postgraduate student of the Foundation's continuing education UPC and you do not know your username, address yourself at UPC School of Professional & Executive Development.

If you continue to have trouble connecting, please contact yours library.

My Account

How many renewals?

You can renew documents up to a maximum renewal period, which is equivalent to 6 times, as long as they have not been booked by another user, the renewal is made within the loan period, you have not exceeded the maximum renewal period, you have no documents pending return and you are not blocked.


How do I renew my loans?

When the loan is about to expire, you will receive a notice from the library that owns the document. To renew:

  1. Access the space My Account of DiscoveryUPC.
  2. Select the tab Loans and the institution that owns the document in the menu on the left. Institutions whose documents you have on loan have a mark to the right of the name:

  1. If renewal is possible, click the button Renovate

You can return the documents to:

* Mailboxes located inside the school. The mailbox schedule depends on the center's opening hours
You have the obligation to return the documents when the loan term ends, as long as you do not have a renewal authorization and do it under the same physical conditions in which you have lent it.

If you return the documents late, it will be applied a penalty point for each day of delay and for each document.

If you do not return the damaged documents or returns, you will have to return them with copies of the same edition or similar characteristics (if they are exhausted), or with the equivalent value as determined by the CBUC annually.

Until this is not met, you will be excluded from this service, regardless of other measures that may apply.

Copies not available from the PUC may be available through the Interlibrary Loan (IP). Request them by clicking the PI Form option from the full registration screen:

or by filling out the form:

Request a document for PI  More information


Some recommendations when booking PUC at DiscoveryUPC:

  • Always prioritize the option Book at UPC if local copies are available. It will reach you sooner.
  • See the button Order by PUC does not guarantee that another institution can use the document. When you open the PUC application form you will see if there are copies available to order.
  • In the form Order by PUC don't forget to indicate the library where you want to receive the document. 
  • If you don't see the button Order by PUC may be because:
    • the document cannot be reserved
    • you have a penalty or block. The button will be visible again when the penalty expires.
  • If you want to book a work in different volumes:
    • you must fill out a request for each volume.
    • make sure beforehand if copies are available on the UPC clicking on the name of the Libraries UPC. The button Book at UPC appears next to each copy to be able to request a specific volume
  • In the event that the document cannot be provided, you will receive a notice of cancellation of the request by e-mail and almost immediately.
  • You will receive notifications of your PUC loans from the institution that owns the document.

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      Last update: 10 / 05 / 2024