Basel University Library

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University Library of Basle, one of the biggest libraries in Switzerland. It is located at the University of Basle, at 18 – 20 Schönbeinstrasse. It is also Kantonsbibliothek of Basel-City.

Basel University Library in 1896
Basel University Library in 1896

Local name of the library: Universitätsbibliothek. It contains more than 3 000 000 documents (1750 mediaeval manuscripts). Its collection includes numerous incunabula and manuscripts dating from the time of the Council of Basle (1431-87).

The majority of library resources are freely available in the public section. Most of the books can be electronically accessed and ordered.

  • 1471 – first evidence of existence of the library
  • 1559 – first catalogue
  • 1866 – newspaper of librarian
  • 1889 – catalogue on cards
  • 1896 – library relocated to the bigger building
  • 1939 – Keyword catalogue
  • 1981 – informatic catalogue
  • 1985 – data base
  • 1988 – catalog OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)

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