Library services during the suspension of classroom activity at the University

During the suspension of academic activity at the University, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Library will be closed to the public. To alleviate this situation, we can offer you different online services.

Loan and return services of books and other materials in all the libraries of the University of Alicante for students, PDI (Teaching and Research Staff) and PAS (Administration and Services Staff).

The Polytechnic and Health Sciences Library located in the General Library Building will be used as the only study room, only for the University Community: students, PAS (Administration and Services Staff) and PDI (Teaching and Research Staff).

The BUA has an important collection of electronic resources . To access from home, follow the instruccions on the website .

We recommend you the RedUA access, which is a connection to a Virtual PC. Once connected, it shows you the UA website; look here for the BUA website and you will be able to browse all its services.

In addition, academics and administrative staff can use the VPN option. You will need to download a file from UACloud - Other services - Internet.

On the BUA website you will find a wide range of training courses and self-learning materials freely accessible:

  • Self-learning : we recommend you to consult the sections How to search in ... and E-Resource s, that will help you to carry out searches in the different electronic resources.
  • Selection of information resources and support materials for doctoral programs , adapted to different disciplines, that facilitate the development of research and professional activity.
  • Support materials, information resources and support tools to prepare the final degree projects , adapted to the different degrees offered by the University of Alicante.
  • Support materials to make citations and bibliographic references .
  • CID  (Digital Information Skills) :courses carried out during this academic year to support undergraduate students to carry out academic work or to search any information they can need to complement their subjects content.
  • Access to the bibliographic reference managers Refworks and Mendeley .
  • Access to the YouTube channel of the BUA with tutorials and recommendations for the use of electronic resources of the library.

Through the contact emails of each center library and PuntBiu.

The interlibrary loan service will continue only with those libraries that have assured us that they can attend our requests by teleworking.

The University of Alicante Repository continues providing regular service.

PDI and PAS (academic and administrative staff) they are able to self-archive any type of material. They can also send it by email to if the prefer this to be done by the repository administrators.

The European Documentation Center still offers its online bibliographic information service and queriies resolution about the EU through:

The Library, through thr e-mail , still provides advisory service in these cases:

  • the search for quality signs recquired to apply for the accreditation.
  • the preparation of reports to choose the most suitable magazines to publish.

Different publishers and e-book portals are offering us full or partial access to their funds. You have to use one of the access from home (RedUA and VPN) provided by the UA.

We will concentrate in this section all those free e-resources interesting for the university community:

  • World Digital Library
  • JSTOR makes some of its materials accessible to the public during the coronavirus crisis: 6,000 e-books and more than 150 journals.
  • Access to POWER
  • The Ebscohost platform makes available to you, completely free of chargee, some resources related to COVID-19.
  • Free access to GALE resources
  • El Derecho (Ed. Lefebvre): more than 100 free e-books to download in PDF, including some about the legal aspects of the coronavirus crisis. You must register with your name, first last name, telephone and email and you must accept the privacy policy. Lefebvre has also created a website on legal news about the coronavirus crisis.
  • CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)  platform in Open Access with all the literature related to the coronavirus COVID-19.
  • Mary Ann Liebert makes available to the UA University Community a series of open access electronic resources on the Coronavirus. To access click here.
  • Thomson Reuters offers the possibility of downloading a dossier in which you can find all the complementary measures in the workplace, to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
  • Project Muse temporarily makes available for free a collection of magazines (approx. 240 titles) and electronic books (approx. 16,000 titles). All these titles are integrated in our  library finder .
  • McGraw Hill makes available to the University Community “Access Medicine COVID-19 Central ”, a source of weekly updated developments and analyzes in clinical medicine, public health and industry, aimed at health professionals, apprentices, students and librarians. You will have daily contributions and resources from your entire community of specialized authors and professionals, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, lead spokesperson for the US government. at COVID-19.
  • Microbiology Society offers temporary free access to all of its content.
  • SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) offers the following free access resources:
  • CIPD offers free access to the following resources related to COVID-19.
  • Springer Nature offers, until the end of July, free access to more than 500 textbooks. It also facilitates access to the following resources:
  • Editorial Médica Panamericana has opened the digital content of all its titles during the State of Alarm from the Eureka Platform of Health Sciences.  It includes the areas of medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc. To access you only need to register.
  • ALA offers free access to its resources after registering and requesting acces to RDA ToolKit .For more information see this news. If you have any questions, please write to
  • Emerald Publishing has put together a series of research resources related to Coronavirus and epidemics in general.
  • Collaboration of professionals from health science libraries in Spain in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Consorcio ICOLC makes 63 scientific journals available to the university community free of charge for the last year until activities at the University are resumed.
  • Free access to
  • Project Muse  offers the university community free access to books, magazine issues and articles related to Pandemics.
  • The  University of Chicago Press makes electronic access to journal articles, book chapters on COVID-19 available to the University Community.
  • Escuela Infantil has decided to open all the contents of the web since April. You can also receive digital newsletters by email for free.
  • Portland Press, publisher of the Biochemical Society, allows free access to its seven journals on molecular biosciences during the current situation caused by Covid-19.
  • Free access Official Resource Center of Elsevier Covid-19.
  • IEEE Xplore  offers free access to resources related to COVID-19 research.
  • OpenEdition Books is an e-book platform on social sciences and humanities mainly in the French language. More than half of them are freely accessible.
  • Access to the download of the digital edition of the special issue of spring de Ritmo de May-Junie (double number) (PDF weighing +/- 26 Megas) to support musical life within the #CuidateEnCasa campaign.
  • Edinburgh University Press (EUP) has published free online issues of "Medieval Studies" and "Shakespeare" until the end of 2020.
  • ProQuest makes available to the entire community a search engine that allows users to search, find and preview more than 900 million documents, being able to retrieve, without the need for authentication, the full Open Access text selected by ProQuest.  Access to the search engine
  • IEEE Xplore Webinar: Strategies for Effective Delivery of Online Engineering Courses: Best Practices, Tips and Toolkits. Intended for Engineering professors to improve distance learning and motivate students.
    Duration: 1h. (available upon request).
  • Teacher training from the Innovation Area of the International University of Andalusia with webinars, webconference seminars on e-learning, innovation and digital skills. The first webinar will be on June 1.
  • AdAge offers a calendar with various webinars on the world of advertising and marketing.
  • The New York Times  releases a new podcast list and some of its most listened-to podcasts, featuring interviews, productive distractions and more.
  • Recording of the webinar "Strengthening interoperability with ORCID: Introduction", held on May 13, 2020.
  • The Valencian Building Institute (IVE ) offers FREE registration in the practical Update Course (December 2019) of the Technical Building Code (6.5 hours online).  Inscription
  • Access to webinar on the new database Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques Online and L’Année philologique Online and calendar of webinars on the BREPOLiS databases in the coming weeks. Each webinar will last about 15 min. and will be followed by a question and answer session.
  • Webinars. Creative teams tell how they have adapted their processes to work remotely: exchange of ideas, feedback, communication, routines, innovation... Registry
  • Eikon - Microsoft Office  (different hours)
  • Course "Be an Expert in Motion Control in 5 sessions": you will acquire specific knowledge of motion control: drives, servo motors, axis synchronisms, interpolation, etc. (5 sessions with various dates).
  • Webinar July 8 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ad Age Next: Retail. This Webinar will include case studies on the success of brands during the pandemic, and a face-to-face meeting with executives who are leading the charge in the post-coronavirus retail world. Registry
  • Webinar  July 23 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Giving Students a Voice: Incorporating Learning Network Contests Into Your Curriculum. Registry
  • Physics Today organizes the Webinar Nanoscale light-matter interactions. Date: July 23. Time: 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time. Duration: 1 hour. Check in
  • Webinar July 8 6:00 p.m. Amp Up Your qPCR: Scalable Workflows for Viral RNA Extraction and Reaction Setup. Check in 
  • Upcoming webinars from the SciFider-n database.
  • Power webinar. Title: Beyond Batteries: Exploring Alternative Storage Solutions. Date: July 22, 10:00 AM CDT. Duration: 60 minutes. Check in
  • Webinar organized by the Institute of Modern Language Research. Transnational Modern Languages: Introducing the Book Series. Date: July 28, 3.00-5.00 pm Register
  • Webinar August 4 7:00 p.m. of Access methods to JSTOR. Check in

Remember that the BUA staff is working from home. You can contact through different means