New Swiss library portal

As of December 7 2020, the holdings of the University Library Basel together with the printed and electronic holdings of over 400 academic libraries from all over Switzerland will be accessible via a common search interface.

The swissbib Basel Bern (and library catalogues that are currently in use will be discontinued and replaced at a national level by the new discovery portal called swisscovery. Services, loan periods and fees will be standardised across Switzerland. A Swiss courier and document delivery service will supplement the Basel courier.

New registration required for all users

For data protection reasons, existing users will need to re-register for the switch to the new system.  This will be possible from the end of September 2020.

Loan freeze

During a few days before the system change, it will not be possible to borrow items. The temporary loan freeze is expected to take place at the end of November 2020. We will inform you of the exact date in good time.

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