Focus of the collection at the University Library Basel

The University Library Basel is an academic information centre for the university and the region, as well as the cantonal library of the canton of Basel-Stadt. It is part of the national and international information network.

  • As the central library of the university, the University Library collects academic literature in all subject areas. Non-academic literature is only included to the extent to which there is an academic interest in it.
  • In its function as a cantonal library, the University Library collects Basiliensia in the sense of a non-legal deposit, provided there is an academic or local historical interest in them.
  • In addition, the University Library, which was mentioned for the first time in 1471, holds an extensive historical collection of manuscripts, early prints, music, maps and portraits.

The University Library’s holdings are supplemented by the libraries of the university’s institutes, a number of special libraries (see List of libraries in the library network) and the Allgemeinen Bibliotheken der GGG.

For the specific foci of the collection of individual subject areas, click here!