University Library

University Library

The University Library is a facility managed directly by the Office of the University President, entrusted with the following responsibilities: provide information technology services and support to all activities related to education, research, and outreach programs while contributing to the improvement of general welfare and quality of life.

The building of the University Library (UL) has a total area of 9134 m², in which is it archived collections of all areas of knowledge in various media, reference materials, special collections and also institutional documents that record the scientific production from UFSC. The institutional documents include but are not limited to undergraduate final reports, dissertations, theses, periodicals and books that are author by UFSC affiliates.

By providing services and content access based on the Internet, the University Library enables all users to access the UL’s site, which has recorded over 1,189,000 accesses since 2005.

CAPES Periodicals and Journals

Professors, researchers, students and staff at UFSC have access to works of science that have been published in international venues by means of the CAPES Portal to Periodicals. The CAPES Portal to Periodicals provides convenient access to articles from over 9640 international journal, published abroad and nationally, and over 90 data bases with abstracts. The portal was include a selection of important sources of academic information that are accessible from the web without any cost.

The University Library has a collection consisting of diverse documents, which is continually expanding, although not at the pace to fully meet the demands. The collection of periodicals has been greatly increased to a great extent because of the CAPES Portal to Periodicals.

Metrics About the Collection

Some numbers about the Collection of the University Library are given below:

  • Volumes in 2005:
    • Books: 291.998 (out of which 41,666 are in Engineering)
    • Printed Periodicals: 7,616
    • Electronic Periodicals: 9,530
    • Other Documents: 19,108
  • Single Documents 2005:
    • Books: 167,440 (out of which 6,288 are in Engineering)
    • Electronic Books: 40,070
    • Printed Periodicals: 2,424
    • Electronic Periodicals: 9,530
  • Printed Ph.D. and Master’s Dissertations: 14,298
  • Digital Ph.D. and Master’s Dissertations: 3,653
  • Video Tapes: 1,980

In 2005, a date base for the library collection was made available, which allows academics to have easy access to more than 40,000 documents, from all areas of science and engineering, in diverse languages, but mostly in Portuguese, English and Spanish.


UFSC University Library is integrated with a number of information networks with the aim of enabling its users to have access to a large body of information, and also allow scientists and students from other parts of the country and abroad to have access to its collection. Some representative networks with which the University Library is integrated are:

  • Virtual Health Library
  • Digital Library of Master’s and Ph.D. Dissertations
  • Bibliodata Network
  • Information Database in Physical Education and Physical Science
  • Pergamum Network
  • National Collective Catalog of Serial Publications
  • COMUT Program
  • Library Network for Engineering
  • Information Network in Communication of the Countries of the Portuguese Language
  • Babel Library Network
  • Ibero American Science & Technology Education Consortium
  • Brazilian Committee of University Libraries
  • ACAFE Libraries

UFSC University Library is affiliated to the Brazilian Committee of University Libraries (CBBU). UFSC Library became the head library of the CBBU at the 20th National Symposium of University Libraries, which took place in Natal, RN, in 2004. For this reason, UFSC acted on behalf of CBBU in various committees, including the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology — IBICT, CAPES Portal of Periodicals, and INEP. UFSC has contributed to the development of policies for national information dissemination.