The University of Valladolid Library System: 19 specialised and 2 general libraries
The University of Valladolid Library provides a support service for teaching, study and research, and is organised as a truly decentralised library system made up of nineteen specialised libraries and two general libraries: the Santa Cruz Library, entrusted with the conservation, processing and diffusion of the bibliographic heritage of the university, and the “Reina Sofía” General University Library, located in the building of the former Chancery prison, construction work on which began in 1675 and which was annexed to the university in 1965. Over 130 people administer the acquisition of more than 30,000 works each year and respond to the demand for information of around 40,000 potential direct users (lecturers, students and administration and service personnel), placing over 5,000 reading places at their disposal in the hall.
The University of Valladolid has a powerful library management system, the Integrated Millennium System, with a highly functional graphic interface, and a broad collection of library applications that range from cataloguing, consulting, loans and periodical publications to acquisition management and interlibrary loans. An integrated system provides knowledge and access to the rich bibliographic collection of the University of Valladolid, comprising over 800,000 works, 34,000 non-book materials, 16,000 periodical publications, of which 6,200 are current, and more than 2,000 electronic journals that are available through the UVA research network.
The University Library is actively involved in various library networks, including REBIUN (Network of Spanish University Libraries), DOCUMAT (Documentary and Library Network specialised in Mathematical Sciences), MECANO (Collective Catalogue of Engineering Journals), C17 (Collective Catalogue of Biomedicine Journals), BUCLE (University Libraries of Castilla y León) and GEUIN (Spanish Group of Users) and INNOPAC, since it was established in Palma de Majorca in October 2001.