Who may use the University Library?

The University Library Basel is open to all interested parties free of charge. You may take borrowed items home if your main or secondary residence is in Switzerland or in the Baden or Alsace areas. All other interested persons may consult our media holdings in the reading room. Further information can be found in our library regulations.

swisscovery

Our holdings are accessible via the swisscovery Swiss search portal. By registering, you will also have access to the services provided by the libraries connected to the swisscovery library network.

Library card
Are you a member of the University of Basel?

Register with the SWITCH edu-ID that you linked to the University of Basel, in order to make use of the services of the University Library Basel and the swisscovery library network. Your UNIcard (students and staff) is valid in all the libraries connected to swisscovery. The personal data in your user account are automatically loaded when your SWITCH edu-ID is linked to your university account.

Are you already a user of another swisscovery library?

The library cards of libraries connected to swisscovery are also valid in the University Library Basel.

You do not yet have a library card?

Create a SWITCH edu-ID online and register for swisscovery using the swisscovery registration link. If you do not yet have a SWITCH edu-ID, then create an account.  Otherwise, log in with your existing SWITCH edu-ID. Then come to one of the lending desks of the University Library with an official ID and you will receive a library card. You can find the individual locations here

 

Searching and finding

To find media in our libraries, start your search online in swisscovery Basel.

Borrowing

You can locate the holdings in the open stacks (or freely accessible areas) by means of their call number and you can borrow these items at the circulation desk.

Ordering

You can order media from the closed stacks directly online in swisscovery Basel.

If you have ordered items that may be borrowed, these can be collected from the circulation desk. For media that may only be used on site, please consult the location-specific information.

Reading room

You may use the media in the reading rooms on site.

Searched for, but not found?

If you do not find an item in swisscovery Basel, expand the search in the search field to swisscovery (libraries participating throughout Switzerland). Many libraries will deliver items by courier to Basel, even from outside of Basel. Should a courier order not be possible, then you can order via interlibrary loan.

You can also make an acquisition request and we will check whether the book you are searching for can be ordered for the library.

Note for users from neighbouring countries

Orders via the Basel Courier and the SLSP Courier, copy orders from swisscovery, and interlibrary loan orders (for books and copies) are only possible for people residing in Switzerland and for members of a Swiss academic institution (university, university of applied sciences, teacher training institution).

Basel Courier

Items from the following libraries may be ordered for delivery to the University Main Library free of charge. Alternatively, you can have items from the University Main Library delivered to one of the listed libraries. Items can be returned at any of the participating libraries.

Items may be collected the next working day from 15:00 onwards at the circulation desk (non-borrowable holdings in the Special Reading Room). Delivery of items between libraries other than the University Main Library requires an additional working day. Collection notices will be sent for all orders.


[Translate to English:] swisscovery Basel

Here you will find all items that you can order via the Basel Courier or the SLSP Courier.

 


SLSP Courier

Items from swisscovery courier libraries can be ordered for collection from any of the libraries participating in the courier service and may also be returned at any of these libraries.  Whether an item can be ordered via courier can be seen from the list of possible collection locations in swisscovery. If you would like to order a book from another library to one of the University Library Basel libraries, select "Region Basel" as the collection institution and then the desired library.

Costs: CHF 6.- per item. Cash payment is required on collection. For documents that are not collected, the costs will be invoiced.

Delivery period: Ordered items are delivered to the preferred library for collection within two working days and will be available for collection for a week. You will receive a collection notice.

Note for users from neighbouring countries: Orders via the Basel Courier and the SLSP Courier, copy orders from swisscovery, and interlibrary loan orders (for books and copies) are only possible for people residing in Switzerland and for members of a Swiss academic institution (university, university of applied sciences, teacher training institution).


Libraries without a courier

Items from Swiss libraries that do not participate in the courier service can be ordered via interlibrary loan.

Items that are not available on site or that cannot be ordered via courier, can be ordered as an interlibrary loan. We will obtain the item from an external library and will make the item available for you to borrow or to consult in the Special Reading Room.

Ordering methodCostsDelivery period
Interlibrary loans from SwitzerlandCHF 12.–1 – 2 weeks
Interlibrary loans from Europe (excl. GB)   CHF 24.–2 - 4 weeks
Interlibrary loans from abroadCHF 36.– 2 – 4 weeks

Conditions:
    • The costs apply to each individual item. In case of higher costs, the actual costs will be calculated (in accordance with a quotation).
    • Delivery times may exceed the indicated delivery periods, for example in the case of orders from abroad.
    • Newspapers, large formats, and special formats (loose-leaf issues, videos, DVDs, CDs, cassettes, etc.) cannot be obtained from non-Swiss libraries.
    • Lending conditions and loan periods of the lending libraries apply (sometimes books from non-Swiss libraries may not be taken home).
    • You may select the University Main Library or the University Business and Economics Library as the library from which to collect items. Items cannot be sent by post to your home.
    • Works with a publication date before 1830 may not be ordered in their original format via interlibrary loan.
    • Works with a publication date before 1900 may not be taken home and will only be made available for consultation in our Special Reading Room; copies from these works may be requested.
    • For the provision of copies see copy orders

    Information for Libraries ...

    .... wishing to obtain material from the University of Basel Library via International Interlibrary Loan.


    Note for users from neighbouring countries
    Orders via the Basel Courier and the SLSP Courier, copy orders from swisscovery, and interlibrary loan orders (for books and copies) are only possible for people residing in Switzerland and for members of a Swiss academic institution (university, university of applied sciences, teacher training institution).

    As a rule, the loan period is 28 days, but shorter loan periods are possible. This information can be found in the library catalogue. If no reservation exists, the loan period will be automatically extended until the maximum loan period of 5x the applicable loan period has been reached (for a loan period of 28 days, the maximum loan period is 168 days). (The loan period for DVDs is 14 days and may not be extended).

    RenewalsYou can renew items yourself in your user account as long as there are no reservations. An extension is only possible up to the maximum loan period date.
    Reservations

    Borrowed items may be reserved in swisscovery Basel.

    RemindersAfter expiry of the loan period and the receipt of a free reminder, you will receive reminders for a fee. The time period from the expiry of the loan period / sending of a reminder to the sending of the next reminder is six working days.


    The loan period for interlibrary loans is 1 month as a rule, but may be shorter in accordance with the specifications of the lending library (see also the Conditions for interlibrary loans). An extension may be requested in exceptional cases. Contact the library from which you ordered the item: University Main Library, University Medical Library or University Business and Economics Library at least five days before the expiry of the loan period.

    Delivery periods

    You will find an overview of delivery periods for ordered media here.


    Regulations

    The loan periods are part of the loan rules. These and other regulations may be found here.

    For a fee, we will provide copies of articles or texts from journals or books (electronically or by post). We will either make copies from our own holdings or we will obtain copies for you from other libraries. Please take note of the Reproduction Guidelines for the University Library Basel  (in German) and the relevant copyright regulations (see box).

    Ordering options
    Fees and delivery periods
    Supplier / ordering methodPrice per 20 pages (electronic) Price per 20 pages (post) Delivery period

    University Main Library, University Medical Library, University Business and Economics Library / Swiss Economics Archive, Kooperative Speicherbibliothek

    CHF 5.00CHF 7.5024 hours (Mo-Fr)
    Other Swiss libraries and subitoCHF 5.– to 12.–CHF 7.50 to 12.002-7 days
    Libraries from abroad (excluding subito)CHF 16.–CHF 16.0014 days
    Copy orders for companies (independent of supplier)CHF 25.–CHF 27.50see above
    • We will attempt to make use of the most client-friendly supplier and ordering method.
    • Delivery times may exceed the indicated delivery periods, for example in the case of orders from abroad.
    • For higher costs you will receive a quotation.

    Note for users from neighbouring countries
    Orders via the Basel Courier and the SLSP Courier, copy orders from swisscovery, and interlibrary loan orders (for books and copies) are only possible for people residing in Switzerland and for members of a Swiss academic institution (university, university of applied sciences, teacher training institution).


    Copyright

     

    The sending of copies and their further use are subject to the provisions of Swiss copyright law or licence agreement conditions and are generally permitted for the personal, educational or internal use by users.  
    Publication of the copy, making it available online, as well as further commercial use are not permitted. Compliance with copyright and with the contractual provisions is the responsibility of the user.

    Courier service

    Basel Courierfree of charge
    SLSP CourierCHF 6.– per item


    Postal delivery

    to postal addresses in SwitzerlandCHF 12.- per item


    Interlibrary loans

    Ordering of items from other libraries by staff of the University Library Basel

    from SwitzerlandCHF 12.– per item
    from Europe (excluding GB)CHF 24.– per item
    from Great Britain and overseasCHF 36.– per item

    For higher costs the actual costs will be invoiced (in accordance with a quotation).

    Sending of copies

    • Members of the university, private persons, Swiss public institutions
    electronic deliverypostal delivery
    Delivery from the holdings of the University Library BaselCHF 5.– per 20 pagesCHF 7.50 per 20 pages
    Delivery from SLSP librariesCHF 5.– per 20 pagesCHF 7.50 per 20 pages
    Delivery from other Swiss libraries and subitoCHF 5.- to 12.- per 20 pagesCHF 5.- to 12.- per 20 pages
    Delivery from other non-Swiss librariesCHF 16.- per 20 pagesCHF 16.- per 20 pages

    + CHF 5.– for every additional 20 pages

    For higher costs the actual costs will be invoiced (in accordance with a quotation).

    • Companies/commercial use - Switzerland
    electronic deliverypostal delivery
    Delivery of copiesCHF 25.- per 20 pagesCHF 27.50 per 20 pages

     

    International interlibrary loans for libraries

    Postal delivery to libraries in Europe (excl. GB) 2 IFLA vouchers per item
    Postal delivery to libraries in GB and outside of Europe 3 IFLA vouchers per item
    Copies from the University Library Basel holdings 1 IFLA voucher per 20 pages

     

    Reminder fees (for items borrowed before 7.12.2020).

    Recall reminderfree of charge
    1st ReminderCHF 10.– per item
    2nd ReminderCHF 20.– per item
    3rd ReminderCHF 35.– per item
    Replacement (+ administration fee)min. CHF 100.- (+ CHF 50.–)

    After an unsuccessful 3rd reminder, the library reserves the right to purchase a replacement copy of the item after 10 days, at the user’s expense. A minimum amount of CHF 100.- (for higher costs, the actual book price will be invoiced) and and a processing fee of CHF 50.- will be charged.

    Reminder fees (for items borrowed after 7.12.2020).

    Recall reminderfree of charge
    1st ReminderCHF 5.– per item
    2nd ReminderCHF 5.– per item
    3rd ReminderCHF 10.– per item
    Replacement (+ administration fee)Book price (+ CHF 50.–)

    After an unsuccessful 3rd reminder, the library reserves the right to purchase a replacement copy of the item after 10 days, at the user’s expense. The actual book price (determined by the University Library) and a processing fee of CHF 50.- will be charged.

    Replacement if a library copy is lost

    If a user loses a library copy, the library will purchase a replacement copy. The book price (the library will determine the price of the book (hardcover) according to the current price in bookstores or second-hand bookshops) and an administration fee of CHF 50.- will be charged.

     

    Regulations

    You will find an overview of the regulations (Library Regulations, House Rules, Reproduction Guidelines, etc.) here.

    The Kooperative Speicherbibliothek Schweiz in Büron (Lucerne) is an institution jointly supported by large Swiss libraries for the purposes of storing and conserving holdings under ideal conditions.  

    The University Library Basel has stored approximately 9000 linear metres of journal volumes in the Kooperative Speicherbibliothek. These items may not be borrowed. You may order scans (sent by email) or paper copies (sent by post) of articles via swisscovery Basel. As a rule, the documents will be delivered within 1-2 working days.

    Costs for delivery of copieselectronic deliverypostal delivery
    Members of the university and private clientsCHF    5.– per 20 pagesCHF  7.50 per 20 pages
    Company clientsCHF  25.– per 20 pagesCHF 27.50 per 20 pages

    Should you wish to look at a large number of volumes from the collective holdings at the same time, you may consult these on site in the reading room of the Speicherbibliothek. Information in this regard may be found at the Information Desk of the University Main Library.  

    Kooperative Speicherbibliothek

    [Translate to English:] Kooperative Speicherbibliothek Schweiz, Büron

    Kooperative Speicherbibliothek Schweiz, Büron (visualisation)