The collection of Utrecht University Library can be found in WorldCat. This page contains all information on this worldwide catalogue and answers to the questions you might have about (the use of) WorldCat.Search in WorldCat
Frequently Asked Questions about WorldCat
Do you have questions about the use of WorldCat? On this page you will find a selection of Frequently Asked Questions.
WorldCat is a catalogue in which you search on three levels: on a worldwide, national and local (Utrecht) level. WorldCat catalogues more than a billion sources, including both print and online collections.
You will find the collection of Utrecht University Library in WorldCat, together with the material of thousands of libraries and publishers worldwide.
All over the world more scientific and scholarly information is available than ever before. Since the Utrecht University Library collections only contain a small part of all information which could be of relevance to you, you will find the Utrecht collection in WorldCat, together with thousands of other library collections worldwide.
This development fits in with the trend that the search for literature increasingly starts in systems that search on a global level.
WorldCat makes it possible to search global, Dutch and Utrecht library collections by using only one single system. You search all the material that has been included in WorldCat, whether it’s journals, articles, books or other publications. The collection of Utrecht University Library can be found in WorldCat, together with the material of thousands of libraries and publishers worldwide.
On a UU network you have automatic access. When on other networks you need to log in with your Solis ID or UMCU account to get full access to the licensed material of the University Library. You also need to log in if you want to check your loans and requests and to renew the material you borrowed. If you log in as a guest you can search WorldCat, but you will not have access to the digital material for which University Library has a licence.
Electronic material is accessible via WorldCat, directly from the search result. Click on the blue button with view full text, view eBook, Access journal, Listen to audio, View now and Access online.
Open access articles can always be consulted. To many other digital material the University Library has a license. When you are on campus you have access always and off campus you log in with your Solis ID or UMCU account. Please check the page on online access for more information.
Of course WorldCat also offers access to print publications at Utrecht University Library, but also to print material at other Dutch libraries or international libraries.
It is possible to request physical works from the Utrecht collection. First you click on the title and next on the blue button Request item @UU
Borrowing material via Utrecht University Library from other libraries
You request material from other libraries in WorldCat by clicking on the title of the book. Under Access Options > Request from Libraries Worldwide you find the button Interlibrary request.
You will get an application screen.
- If you are not yet logged in with your Solis ID from Utrecht University, you still have to log in on a login screen.
- In the application screen, choose in Patron type whether you are a student, Utrecht University employee, UMC employee or other user.
- You can add bibliographical data and comments in the form.
- If you agree with the conditions, click on submit request.
You enter your Worldcat portal and receive the confirmation of your request with is request number. You will also see the overview of your other ILL requests in your portal. You can access the overview of your requests and the progress of your requests via the portal.
It may happen that foreign material is not for loan. In that case you must consult the material in the Special Collections Reading Room in the University Library Utrecht Science Park.
Not affiliated with Utrecht University? In that case, requesting at other libraries involves costs. Please check our pricelist.
Borrowing free of charge or at a discount from other libraries
As a Utrecht University student or staff member, you can borrow books free of charge from all other Dutch university libraries and the library of the Hogeschool Utrecht.
Utrecht University students can register as borrowers at a 50 % discount at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands).
Utrecht University students & staff members
Click on sign in in the upper right corner of the webpage.
Sign in with your Solis ID and password. Next you can search in WorldCat.
Not connected to Utrecht University
You type a search query in the search field without logging in beforehand. If you click on enter or the magnifying glass, you will see the login screen below. Click here on "Continue as guest".
Please note: Off campus you cannot access the licensed material of Utrecht University Library. You must be on campus to have access to this material.
Publications from Utrecht University Library automatically appear at the top of the list of search results. In WorldCat there is also an option to filter by material from Utrecht University Library, at the search results left in the screen under Held by Library
The most practical way to find a particular edition is to add the year of publication to your search.
You can also click on View all. In the list which appears you will find all editions of a publication which are available via Utrecht University Library.
Do you want to make all editions visible in the search results, right from the beginning of your search? Uncheck the box Group related editions and formats at the top left of the list of search results.
Due to the transfer of the property data to a new system, multiple volumes and journals have been identified where the volumes are not shown in chronological order at the reservation window. You can use ctrl-f or cmd-f to find the correct part in the list. If this does not work, you can request the top part and place in the comments which specific part you need. A library employee will then continue to process your application.
If you are looking for all publications by one author in WorldCat, select ‘Author” under Search index in Advanced Search.
Tips when searching for an author:
- Only search by the last name of the author. In some title descriptions only the initials of the author are used and they will not show if your search includes the first name.
- If you have to many results, use the author filters in the search results
- In the search field “author” you can also search by associated institution (?)
WorldCat is a dynamic system. New titles and data are added to the system continuously. That is why you find other search results if you consult WorldCat.
In the LibGuide Special materials you will find the best way to find certain special material types in WorldCat. These material types are:
- Rare manuscripts
- Old and rare printed books
- Maps and atlases
- Sheet music
- Test materials
If you have any questions about looking for these material types in WorldCat, please contact us