From 20 March 2018 onwards you will find the collection of Utrecht University Library in WorldCat. This page contains all the information about the choice to include the collection in WorldCat and the questions and answers you might have about that.
Local catalogue available until August 2018
As a result of the choice to include its collection in WorldCat, the library will no longer invest in its own local catalogue. The local Utrecht University Library catalogue remains available until August 2018, allowing you a transition period in which to get used to WorldCat.
Frequently Asked Questions about the transition to WorldCat
Do you have questions about the use of WorldCat? On this page you will find a collection of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers.
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.
Utrecht University Library offers the best possible access to WorldCat with extra search and filter options. You access WorldCat via
WorldCat also has a general access, without these options, that you can use on worldcat.org.
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, from now on 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 the 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.
Despite the trend that more and more searches start in general search engines such as Google Scholar, many people are used tot he local catalogue containing the Utrecht collection. That is why you can use the local catalogue of Utrecht University Library until August 2018.
The Utrecht collection is and will be findable in WorldCat. Check the box Utrecht University Library in WorldCat.
The search results consist of articles, e-books, books etc. held by Utrecht University Library.
Utrecht University Library offers the best entry for WorldCat with extra search and filter options. Please go to:
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. If you log in as a guest or with the number on your library card 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
You request material from other Dutch libraries in WorldCat by clicking on the title of the book. Under Availability you find the button Request item @Dutch libraries at Libraries Worldwide. If you click on it you will be directed to PiCarta where you can request the publication. To do so you need an ILL account.
It is not recommended to search within Picarta itself because the data it contains are not up to date.
You request publications from foreign libraries by filling in the form Request book or (journal) article from abroad. You can only submit a request if you have a library card or student card of Utrecht University. You can either pay via your ILL account or have an invoice sent to you. Check our price list for the rates.
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 Uithof.
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 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 editions and formats. 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.
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
The LibGuide is temporarily in Dutch only. It will be translated as soon as possible. If you have any questions about looking for these material types in WorldCat, please conract us