Distribution of the Library Stock

Use the guide Distribution of 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.

Book reservation and pick-up shelf

Via Swisscovery our books can be reserved, and once a pick-up notification has arrived in your mailbox, the book can be picked up from the pick-up shelf in front of the Hiwi office (room 16). Pick-up and return of the books is only possible at the English Seminar.

Returning Books

Please return items to the beige book box in front of the Hiwi office (room 16).


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.