e-Helvetica: collaboration

The Swiss National Library (NL) can only fulfil its mandate to collect and archive digital publications by working together with other institutions.

Cantonal libraries, specialised libraries and archives

The NL works with cantonal libraries as well as specialised libraries and archives to build and expand Web Archive Switzerland, a selective collection of relevant websites on Switzerland. 


Agreements with publishers' associations, distributors and publishers regulate that the NL can collect and archive digital commercial publications (e-books, e-journals).

Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV)

For the collection, preservation and dissemination of digital Swiss standards, the NL cooperates with the Swiss Association for Standardisation (SNV).

University libraries

To collect and archive digital dissertations and post-doctoral theses, the NL works together with the libraries of universities and other higher education institutions.

Wikimedia CH

For the collection, preservation and dissemination of Wikipedia articles related to Switzerland, the NL collaborates with Wikimedia CH.

International collaboration

The NL works with other national libraries and takes part in international projects: 

  • Regular exchanges of information and experience take place with the German and Austrian national libraries. The three institutions coordinate their archiving projects and provide mutual support.
  • The NL is a member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium IIPC. The consortium was established to coordinate efforts to preserve internet content for the future.

Cooperation on digital long-term archiving

E-mails, posts on social media, videos, online newspapers, e-books and websites are part of our everyday life. But how much digital data should be preserved for the long term, who by, and in what form? Memory institutions such as libraries, archives and museums have been seeking answers to that question for some time. One thing is clear: a solution can only be found through cooperation – as confirmed in a study commissioned by the NL.

Last modification 19.01.2023

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