Basel University Library

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Public library of the University of Basel

The University Library of Basel (official name Public Library of the University of Basel , abbreviated UB ) is the central library of the University of Basel .


The university library collects without subject-specific restrictions, but focuses on the humanities , social and natural sciences and medicine . If there is scientific interest in non-scientific literature, this will also be included. Together with the institute libraries, it is responsible for supplying literature for teaching and research in the field of universities .

It is also the cantonal library of Basel-Stadt . In this sense, it collects all Basiliensia ( prints and manuscripts written by Baslers as well as everything about Basle and Basler), an informal dépôt legal, so to speak (i.e. the publishers legally required submission of deposit copies ).

The University Library of Basel also includes the Medical Library and the Business Library - SWA with the Swiss Economic Archives . As a result of the association, many of the institute's libraries are affiliated with the Information Network for German-speaking Switzerland (IDS).


Basel University Library in 1896

First attested in writing in 1471, the library had its first catalog in volume form in 1559 and was able to employ its first full-time librarian in 1866 . In 1889, the catalog was changed from tape form to note form. In 1671 the library under Johann Rudolf Wettstein moved into the Mücke house . In 1896 the first library building can be moved into and in 1939 the subject catalog can be started.

Between 1962 and 1968 the new building was erected at the old location and in 1978 the medical library was founded as a branch of the university library in the University Hospital of Basel (previously: Cantonal Hospital of Basel).

Reading room as shell structure, architect: Otto Heinrich Senn

The EDP is used from 1981 for cataloging and acquisitions and in 1985 the first database information is set up. In 1988 the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) was set up and the library of the Economic Science Center (WWZ) together with the Swiss Economic Archives (SWA) opened as branches of the university library .

From 1995 onwards, the lending facility is automated and the open-access magazine is put into operation. In addition, the first homepage was launched. Internet stations in the public area are set up in 1997.

In 1999 with the establishment of the Information Network German Switzerland (IDS) and the commissioning of the integrated library system Aleph the start to the Interconnected future which intensified with the merger of the user index and the launch of the IDS-courier for the inter-university lending in the German Switzerland in 2004 and 2005 has been.


The University Library of Basel has a total of over seven million media units , of which over 660,000 items are loaned out annually. The stock grows by over 125,000 units per year. This makes the library one of the largest in Switzerland .

In addition, the library, first documented in 1471, has a rich old inventory with extensive historical collections of around 175,000 medieval manuscripts , early prints , music , maps and portraits , mainly from the Basel monasteries and Basel University . Its holdings are supplemented by the university's institute libraries , the general libraries of the GGG ( Society for the Good and Charitable Basel ) and a number of special libraries.

Usage and catalog


IDS Basel Bern , Swissbib , dissertation catalog, HAN union catalog for manuscripts, archives and personal papers.


The Basel University Library has both an open- access magazine and a closed magazine . Some books can be in reserve collections. The library is open to all persons over the age of 14 as well as all natural and legal persons with their place of residence or business in Switzerland, the cross-border region and members of the University of Basel and the EUCOR universities. Registration and use are free unless otherwise provided. Borrowing takes place via online order form, if the book has already been borrowed or is in the closed magazine, or via direct borrowing from the open-access magazine.


In Nietzsche research, the Basel University Library is the second most important collection point after the Weimar Nietzsche Archive , as most of the sources of the “Basler Nietzsche Interpretation” in the wake of Franz Overbeck are located there.

Since 2013 , the academic librarians at Basel University Library have published 027.7 , a specialist library journal on library culture .

In 2014 the University Library of Basel joined the Cooperative Storage Library Switzerland .

In 2015, the University Library of Basel was the first university library in Switzerland to employ a Wikipedian in residence .

At the beginning of 2016, the University Library of Basel decided to release for free use all of its digital copies that are no longer subject to copyright law.


Individual evidence

  1. ^ History of the University Library . Website of the University Library of Basel. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  2. ^ Federal Statistical Office FSO: Library statistics for the period 2003-2011. University libraries. Available under Archived Copy ( Memento from July 6, 2015 in the Internet Archive ). Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  3. Historical inventory . Website of the University Library of Basel. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  4. Samuel Hufschmid, "Basel University Library Employing Wikipedians" , bz Basel , June 4, 2015, accessed on January 7, 2016.
  5. News entry digital copies of the University Library for free use . Website of the University Library of Basel, accessed on January 7, 2016.

Web links

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