Information and lending services
Tel. + 41 61 207 32 00
Mo-Fr 8:30-17:00


Search guidance | systematic reviews
Dr. Hannah Ewald
PD Dr. Christian Appenzeller-Herzog
Dr. Thomas Fürst
Tel. +41 61 207 31 98


Head and subject librarian

Monika Wechsler
Tel. +41 61 207 32 46



Arafat Arifi
Tel. +41 61 207 31 95


Gruppenraum 2

Gruppenraum 2 im 3. OG

Group rooms 1 (1st floor), 2 (3rd floor) and 3 (basement) can be reserved on weekdays by e-mail (before 4.45 pm for the following day), by telephone or directly at the counter on the ground floor. On Saturdays, last-minute reservations can only be made by telephone or on site.

    A room can be reserved for a maximum of 4 hours per person.
    The rooms can be reserved during the building's opening hours (weekdays 08.00 to 21.00, Saturdays 08.00 to 16.00).

Reservations by e-mail to:

Tel: 061 207 32 00


All media of the University Medical Library, including electronic media, are listed in the library catalogue. The most important questions about the catalogue are answered on the swisscovery help page.

Openly accessible area

You can get books directly from the shelves on the first floor or order them at the University Main Library. The shelving follows the NLM classification scheme.

Copies / Ordering articles

The simplest way to order articles is directly through a PubMed search via get it (not yet working), or alternatively by filling in the order form. To use this service, you will need a user card from the University Library Basel. The service costs between 5-12 CHF per article. All information about sending copied or scanned articles can be found here.



The information desk team is happy to support you with searching, borrowing and orders. Our scientific team offers individual consultations for searching in specialist databases and can also carry out searches on your behalf.


Further training courses / Events at the University Medical Library

Systematic reviews (in English)

Together with the PPHS (PhD Program Health Sciences), we offer two introductory courses (blended learning) in systematic reviewing for doctoral students: one with focus on systematic literature searching  and one that covers all the steps of a systematic review. 


Tutorials training courses UB Medizin

Recordings of the UB online training courses: PubMed, Embase, PsycInfo, EndNote, Zotero and more

Individual support

Personal assistence with your literature searches.


Curriculum-based training
  • Medicine: 1st and 3rd year (introduction to the library, catalogue, PubMed); WiMo (citing, PubMed, EndNote); Wiko-Flex (various courses)
  • Dentistry: 1st year (EndNote)
  • Nursing: 1st and 2nd year (introduction to the library, PubMed, systematic searching)
  • Pharmaceutical sciences: 1st year (introduction to the library)
CAS Systematic Review Information Specialist (in German)

The Campus Muttenz Library, together with the University Library of Medicine, offers a certified continuing education program for research and publication support of evidence-synthesizing secondary studies at the School of Life Sciences FHNW. The interdisciplinary CAS program includes the learning of systematic literature searches, the creation of transparent and reproducible reporting as well as the teaching of specific methodological advice.

The CAS program is aimed at university graduates from all empirical disciplines. Particularly addressed are persons in scientific libraries, universities and research institutions who are confronted with the preparation of systematic reviews in their daily work.

More information and registration

Training courses on request

We are happy to offer further training courses for students and researchers if required. The training content and location can be agreed on individually. Contact: Tel. 061 207 32 46



**Next date: Wednesday 06.03.2024 1pm**

Every first Wednesday of the month we offer free coffee and cookies. Here you can ask us questions and raise concerns if you like. The answers will be published on the website.

When: always from 1pm - 1.30pm

Where: in the cafeteria on the 6th floor




Focus on pharmaceutical research
Embase via Elsevier
Embase via OVID


EBM literature database
Also available for the layperson


Focus on nursing and other healthcare professions


Focus on psychology

Web of Science (WoS)

Multi-disciplinary literature database. More information.


Multi-disciplinary literature database. More information


Physiotherapy Evidence Database (open access)


Suchportal der ZB Med Köln mit 58 Mio Nachweisen aus fast 70 verschiedenen Datenquellen aus Medizin (zB PubMed), Ernährung, Umwelt, Agrar. Beinhaltet Artikel aus deutschsprachigen Zeitschriften und Projekten.

Further databases

Licenced access within the network of the university and the University Hospital Basel


Tools & Apps


Learning programme and reference work for medical students.


Learning tool integrated in AMBOSS

AMA Manual of Style (11th ed.)

Citation style guide of the American Medical Association

Further citation style information about APA Standard


Interactive anatomy atlas and reference work. App available.


Assistant for dermatology diagnosis, differential diagnoses and therapies. Available as app, too.


"Point-of-Care" database for evidence-based medicine in the clinic.
Access available only through the computer network in the medical library and the University Hospital Basel. VPN access from the university’s network is not possible.

LIGHTS Library of Guidance for Health Scientists

Guidance articles for study design, conduct, analysis, interpretation, reporting and other methodological topics relevant to health researchers

medStandards (University Hospital Basel)

Reference work for medical professionals in the emergency room developed and distributed by the University Hospital Basel. m
medStandards can be accessed within the network of the University of Basel.

Journals, ebooks, library catalogue

Library catalogue / E-books

For viewing e-books, filter the results with "Uni Basel -Online" at the top right


VISE Virtual Course reserves

For semester literature (print and e-books) recommended by lecturers


Browse, read and monitor your journals: Digital journal shelf for e-journals licensed by the University of Basel, also available as an app.


Licenced access within the network of the university and the University Hospital Basel


Journal Citation Reports InCites

To search for impact factors and journal rankings

Cabells Predatory Reports

Lists reports on dubious, pseudo scientific journals. In addition to positive lists (DOAJ, JCR, Scopus).

From the SBB train station:
Take tram no. 8 or no. 11 to "Schifflände". At Confiserie Bachmann, go through Blumengasse; the entrance to the University Medical Library at Spiegelgasse 5 is around the corner.

From Badischer Bahnhof (German train station):
Take tram no. 6 to "Schifflände". At Confiserie Bachmann, go through Blumengasse; the entrance to the University Medical Library at Spiegelgasse 5 is around the corner.

By car
The University Medical Library is in the city centre, diagonally opposite the "Storchen" car park. Our library is just a short walk from there.

Delivery of goodsThe service entrance in the Blumengasse can be used for delivery of goods. Please ring the bell at the main entrance so that we can open the side entrance for you. 

Postal address

Universitätsbibliothek Medizin
Spiegelgasse 5
4051 Basel