About us

The Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (National Distance Education University), best known as UNED, has as its mission the public service of higher education through the modality of distance education.

UNED features the most complete and advanced methodology for distance learning, putting a whole range of measures and human resources at the disposal of students to enable autonomous learning tailored to their needs and schedules. Based on the use of active methodologies in which students are the protagonist of their own learning, this system is the underlying concept of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) for the training of professionals capable of taking up the challenges of the knowledge society.

UNED provides instruction by means of a distance learning modality characterized by the use of a specific didactic methodology. The methodology combines the use of print and audiovisual media with that of new technologies, especially virtual learning communities. There are also various systems of communication between professors and students as well as on-site assistance to students from professor-tutors at the Centers.

The UNED Library provides resources and information services to the university community and collaborates in the processes of creation and transmission of knowledge. Its structure is centralized, and it is based in the campus of the University City of Madrid and the research library of the Instituto Universitario General Gutiérrez Mellado. It has a unique library management and policy, with standardized processes, services and procedures. The Library depends organically on the Vice-Rectorate for Research and Internationalization and the Management of the University.

The libraries of Associated Centers, with presence throughout the national territory of Spain and in centers abroad, maintain closed ties with the Headquarters of the Library, which acts as head of an extensive network that serves the entire academic community of the UNED. Although these libraries are organically and functionally dependent of the Associated Center to which they belong, the Statutes of the University recognize this coordination of actions and objectives to achieve a homogeneous library system that ensures all its users a service suited to their needs and expectations, regardless where they are located.


To manage, transform and disseminate quality information resources, as well as offering value-added services and technological utilities, all in a sustainable and socially responsible manner that contributes to create and transmit knowledge in order to achieve our University targets, as well as for the integral formation of each individual student.


To consolidate the position of the Library as a strategic collaborator in teaching and learning process, and in research and scientific communication, being an innovative leader within the university community and our professional area.