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PiCarta (EN): General information


In this LibGuide you will find information and useful tips about scholarly information in PiCarta and how to use this system.

 PiCarta is the Dutch national catalogue. If the University Library does not hold a publication, you can check PiCarta to see if it is available in other Dutch libraries.

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What will you find in PiCarta

PiCarta is a central catalogue containing the collections of over 400 Dutch libraries, including all university libraries. You will find descriptions of journal articles, books and other document types in all disciplines.

In PiCarta you can request books and copies of journal articles from many libraries.

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Access to PiCarta

More information about access can be found on the page Online Access.

Searching PiCarta

PiCarta might be useful if you want to find out more about a subject. PiCarta offers several search options, such as searching by keywords or authors. Saving and sharing titles is also possbible. Under the Help tab you wil find extensive infomation about search strategies.

Requesting from PiCarta

In PiCarta use the link "Available at UB Utrecht" to go to the catalogue of the University Library.


By clicking on Items next to the title in the catalogue you will find out where you can find the item you need. If the University Library does not hold the item, use the link in PiCarta under the tab "Available at" to see which library does.

To request this material (costs are involved), you need to have an ILL account. In PiCarta you will find the options "borrow" or "photocopy" both under the list of titles and under the list of libraries.


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View or change your data

To view or change your data go to MyPiCarta in PiCarta in the menu bar at the top. Log in with your account number and password. Now you can check your balance, get an overview of all your ILL requests and change your data.