In your search for scholarly literature you may sometimes find the UBUlink. This link provides information about the availability of digital publications via the University Library. The UBUlink can only provide information about digital publications. To check if we have a print publication in our collection search for the title in WorldCat.

UBUlink, quickly to the publication

You can find publications you would like to get hold of in different systems. In many of these you can make use of the UBUlink. By selecting the UBUlink a window will open, showing you ways to access the digital publication via Utrecht University Library. 

Different looks of the UBUlink

In many search systems the UBUlink appears as a yellow button, with slight differences in size and format across different search engines:

UBU-link button
Kleine UBU-link knop
UBUlink full text knop

At other times the UBUlink will appear as a text link. In Google Scholar for instance you will find the UBUlink in the right hand column, next to the search results:


In some cases Google Scholar shows a textual UBUlink under the button 'More'.

UBUlink Google Scholar

How does the UBUlink work?

If you click on the UBUlink the description of the corresponding publication will open in WorldCat. Here you will find information on ways to access the digital publication via Utrecht University Library.

WorldCat venster met beschikbaarheidsgegevens van de publicatie.

When is the UBUlink shown?

The UBUlink is one of the options to get online access to publications. Unfortunately, the link is not available in all search engines. Moreover, it does not always automatically appear.

Do you want to be certain that the UBUlink is shown in the systems, if available? If so, we recommend using the links to the university library search engines. If you follow these links, the search engine "knows" that you want to see the UBUlink and the link will be shown if possible.

The UBUlink is not shown in all search engines, but you can be sure the following do:

Google Scholar (with UBUlink) 

PubMed (with UBUlink)

Other search engines with possibly UBUlinks can be found in:

Overview of search engines (click on English in the top right-hand corner)


Any questions about the UBUlink? Please send an email to library@uu.nl.