“The Swiss Book” national bibliography

The various document types
© NL, Simon Schmid

The Swiss Book is the national bibliography of Switzerland published by the Swiss National Library. It lists the country’s entire output of information media: books, maps, music scores, electronic media and multimedia, periodicals, newspapers, annual publications and series. However, Swiss sound recordings are catalogued and collected by the Swiss National Sound Archives in Lugano.

A publication is listed in The Swiss Book if:

  • its content is public,
  • it contains at least 6 pages and
  • it is less than 10 years old.

Publications whose content is the work of Swiss translators, editors or contributors or authors living in Switzerland are collected by the Swiss National Library but not included in The Swiss Book.

Electronic edition

The Swiss Book is available online in a dynamic version in the National Library’s Helveticat catalogue.

PDF edition

As of 2007, the static PDF version of The Swiss Book has replaced the printed edition. A total of 24 issues are published each year, with no. 16 containing the annual production of sheet music.

Last modification 28.08.2023

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