Book loan, pick-up & return

Our Seminar library is accessible Mon-Fri 9-17 h. Please use the entrance to the rear building to enter the library rooms. We have several self-service loan stations you have to use in order to take books with you. Therefore you need an SLSP account.

Studying and seating is not possible in the library rooms (i.e. the Gothic Room, the Veranda libraries and the linguistics library), but you have access to the books (returning and checking-out). For studying on our premises, please see information on main page concerning learning spaces.


New national search portal for academic libraries

We are facing a new library system from 7 December 2020. Please find more information about the new user registration and returning borrowed items here:

As the new system does not yet allow students to self-check out books in the English library, access to books is via the reservation system (see above).

Distribution of the Library Stock

Use the guide Distribution to the Library Stock (PDF) to check a book’s exact location. This guide is also included in the folder Guide to the Library (PDF) which can be found in most library rooms.

Self-Service Checkout (‘Selbstausleihe’)

Books need to be checked out with your library or student card using the computers and bar code readers on the veranda (1st and 2nd floor of the English Seminar) or in our Nadelberg 4 library room. Check out library books using the self-service checkout (PDF) based on the University of Basel’s main library system.

Returning Books

Items may be placed in the beige book box on the half landing of the stairs to the first floor in the rear building of the Department of English.


The loan regulations conform with the loan regulations of the Universitätsbibliothek Basel. The standard loan period for books is 28 days. This period is automatically extended twice if the book is not recalled by another user. The item can be extended manually three more times online in the user account, provided that there is no reservation. When receiving a reminder the user is asked to return the item in the following five days, otherwise borrowers will be charged an overdue fee.

Interlibrary Loans

Swiss libraries may request an interlibrary loan via the English seminar library providing that the item is exclusively available at our library. In this case, the individual user is asked to contact their home library. Books are sent via postal service and photocopies of journal articles may also be sent electronically.

Electronic Access

The UB's electronic resources can be accessed on-campus via eduroam (without VPN). Furthermore, electronic resources can be accessed from home via a VPN connection provided by the University of Basel.

Finding Literature: Tips and Tricks

Cooper Library

The Cooper library forms part of a bequest to the Department of English by Clare Benedict (1870–1961), a US-American patron and distant relative of James Fenimore Cooper, who lived in Switzerland from 1939 until her death.

The library comprises first and secondary literature, dictionaries, journals, festschrifts, almanacs, musical scores, libretti, theatre programmes, maps, postcards etc. Its contents does not form part of the Department’s library and cannot be found in the online catalogue. However, the original card index has now been made available as a searchable PDF document.

The Cooper library is not open to the public and its works cannot be borrowed but may be consulted in situ by prior arrangement with the secretary’s office.