New library network

As of December 7 2020, the University Library Basel will be a member of a new Swiss library network that includes over 400 academic libraries, the aim of which is to make printed and electronic publications from all over Switzerland accessible via a common search interface. The company behind this initiative is called the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP) and is supported by the Swiss universities as shareholders. The existing library networks (amongst others, the IDS Basel Bern) will be disbanded in favour of the national association. The following changes will result for users:


Project manager: Monika Wechsler
Deputy: Stefanie Lind

New 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. At the local level, the libraries in Basel will remain connected via their own search interface and will offer common services (e.g. Basel courier). Searching covers both printed and electronic media.

Standardisation through new library systems

On a technical level, all participating libraries will make use of the cloud-based systems Alma (library management system) and Primo (discovery system) from the Israeli company ExLibris. Services, loan periods and fees will be standardised across Switzerland. A Swiss courier and document delivery service will supplement the Basel courier.

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. A prerequisite for new registration is a personal previously-obtained SWITCH edu-ID. In a next step, this edu-ID will be linked to the (previous) user number. This new registration is a prerequisite for making use of lending and other services from December 7, 2020.  

With the new registration, users will be asked to consent to data storage outside of Switzerland. In principle, the data are stored and processed within the EU/EEA; when data are stored outside of the EU/EEA, SLSP undertakes to maintain an adequate level of data protection. SLSP and the University of Basel will take all legal, technical and organisational measures, with the involvement of cantonal data protection officers, to ensure the protection of user data.

System change and loan freeze

During a few days before the system change, it will not be possible to borrow items. The loan freeze is expected to take place at the end of November 2020.

The way forward

We will inform you in good time about changes and any actions that are required by you via our various communication channels.