BUVAL is a consortium of the five Valencian public university libraries. It aims to achieve a better coordination of those libraries and a more efficient use of their resources, and to improve the services provided by them.
The BUVAL Loan Service makes the bibliographic resources of those five universities available to all members of their teaching and research staff, and of their administrative and service staff too.
Up to 6 items can be borrowed for 15 days from any of the participating libraries, provided that the borrower has previously registered on the form.
Who can use this service?
The members of the teaching and research staff and of the administrative and service staff of the Valencian public universities (Universitat de València (UV), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Universitat d’Alacant (UA), Universitat Jaume I (UJI) and Universitat Miguel Hernández (UMH)) who have previously applied for registration in this service through their own university’s form for that purpose. Thus, UPV users must apply for registration by using this form here.
How many documents can be borrowed, and for how long?
Types of items: Each university can exclude from the loan service some types of items: bibliography that is in high demand by students, laptop computers, study cabins, etc.
Loan period: 15 days
Max. number of items: 6
Some libraries may add items and expiry dates.
How to register
The UPV staff must register by filling in the following form. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with information on the conditions of the loan service and the ways to access it. From then on, in order to use the service, you will have to go to any of the libraries of the Valencian public universities in person and identify yourself there (with an ID card, university card, etc.).
How to apply for loans
Polibuscador presents a common view of the collections belonging to the five universities in the BUVAL consortium. In the search box, by clicking on the magnifying glass, you can select the option "BUVAL Search" as a new profile. This search will allow you to retrieve results of materials belonging to those five university libraries, which can then be filtered by institution.
The user undertakes to return the loans within the specified period, to the library of the loaning university. Users can consult their loans, broken down by university, in their catalogue account. They can be filtered both by active loans and by loan history.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to use the BUVAL Loan Service, you must first contact the library where the item that you wish to borrow is located.
How to contact the library
UV: Contact the library that you are interested in through Ask a librarian
UPV: Request a PoliBuscador
UJI: Send an email to email@example.com
UA: Loan application form.
UMH: Contact the library that you are interested in.
This service is free of charge.
What should I do if I am a staff member of another Valencian university?
If you are a staff member of another Valencian university and you want to borrow books from the Universitat Politècnica de València, first you have to register via your own university’s form. Consult the website of each library:
For further information go to Ask a librarian service.