University Library Basel

The University Library Basel with its five locations is one of the most important public information centres in the region. With holdings of approximately 7.5 million books as well as e-books, specialist databases and journals, the library is one of the largest academic libraries in Switzerland. It is also the cantonal library of Basel-Stadt and is open to the public.  The library fosters dialogue through its numerous temporary exhibitions, events and presentations.

First attested in 1471, the University Library is the oldest secular library in Switzerland. As a memory institution, it carefully preserves its important historical collections, which date back to the 8th century, and thanks to a comprehensive digitisation programme, is making an increasing number of items available online. In its role as mediator between academia and society, the library offers various stakeholders an all-round learning and meeting environment.

Read more about the history of the University Library and its historical holdings.