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NL’s catalogues and databases
HelveticAll provides access to the resources of the Swiss National Library’s principal catalogues, i.e. Helveticat, the Catalogue of the Association Swiss Poster Collections (SPC), the Bibliography on Swiss History, the Swiss National Sound Archives, HelveticArchives and E-Periodica.
The links allow you to directly access content online, order documents and display resources from the selected catalogues.
Online catalogue (OPAC) of the Swiss National Library (NL). Includes all monographs as well as periodicals and newspapers that are still published. The process of cataloguing old newspapers and periodicals is currently still in progress.
Subject catalogue prior to 1998 (in German)
Until 1998 the documents were indexed using the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) system.
This subject catalogue contains:
- the digitised card index until 1991. This catalogue is currently not accessible. The catalogue data will be processed and integrated into the NL's online catalogue Helveticat, probably in 2025.
- the electronic catalogue from 1991 to 1998, integrated into the NL's online catalogue Helveticat.
Database of the NL’s archival holdings. Contains information on the holdings of the Prints and Drawings Department and the Swiss Literary Archives, among others.
e-Helvetica Access gives you access to the digital collections of the Swiss National Library (NL). In addition to websites of historical importance, you will find books, periodicals, theses and official publications that have been published in electronic form. You will also find printed publications that have been scanned. Please note that access to certain publications is restricted for copyright reasons.
Catalogue of the Association Swiss Poster Collections (SPC)
Posters created by Swiss and foreign artists. The posters described in this catalogue come from a number of Swiss institutions, including the NL.
Swiss National Sound Archives. Catalog
Catalogue of all the audio documents conserved in the Swiss National Sound Archives. Digitised audio documents can be listened to in the NL.
Periodicals catalogue (card index in the information room)
The “P-Katalog” lists all periodicals that ceased publication prior to 1993 or were newly acquired up to May 2005.
Catalogue of corporate and association publications (“V-Katalog”)
This card index lists articles of association, regulations, minutes, reports, catalogues, prospectuses, commemorative brochures and other publications from corporations or associations, specialised associations, companies, industries, schools, and Swiss, cantonal or local cultural institutions.
Swiss Newspapers and periodicals
Periodicals catalogue (card index in the NL)
The “P-Katalog” lists all periodicals that were newly acquired up to May 2005: newspapers, magazines, series, annual publications (except carnival programs and corporate publications). June 2005 new periodical titles are only catalogued in Helveticat.
e-newspaperarchives.ch gives access to Swiss newspapers digitized by the Swiss National Library and its cantonal partners.
e-periodica.ch – retro digitized journals. Fulltext
e-periodica is the platform of the library of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, in cooperation with the Swiss National Library (NL) for digitised Swiss journals. The earliest journals date from the early 18th century. The range is constantly being expanded. All the journals are available free of charge. The following searches are possible: search in the full text of the journals; advanced search by title and author: browsing by title, author or collection.
Bibliographie der Schweizer Presse (Blaser)
The “Bibliographie der Schweizer Presse mit Einschluss des Fürstentums Liechtenstein = Swiss press bibliography” was edited by Fritz Blaser between 1956 and 1958. It catalogues and locates all daily newspapers and periodicals prior to 1803 and all political newspapers (including official publications), press correspondence in newspapers, and periodicals of a political or social nature after 1803.
Bibliographie der Gesellschaftschriften, Zeitungen und Kalender in der Schweiz (Brandstetter)
The “Bibliography of Swiss periodicals, gazettes and almanacs” produced by Josef Leopold Brandstetter catalogues and, in certain cases, locates all newspapers, periodicals, gazettes, official registers, almanacs, etc. published in Switzerland up to 1894.
Lists of Swiss newspapers and magazines
Metacatalogues, catalogues and platforms in Switzerland
swisscovery is the research portal of the SLSP network (Swiss Library Service Platform), which brings together scientific information from more than 470 Swiss libraries and facilitates access and research (the NL is not a member, as it is contractually bound to Ex Libris).
Switch Swiss Libraries
List of Swiss online library catalogues.
Information portal developed by the association Memoriav to enable multilingual searches and access to audiovisual documents (photographs, films, audio and video documents) conserved in Swiss institutions. Memobase+ provides online access to radio programmes that are subject to copyright.
Images et Voix de la Culture Suisse IMVOCS. Audio-, film- and video recordings
A site containing audio, film and video documents from the holdings of the SLA, the Max Frisch Archives and the Swiss radio and TV broadcasters SFR, RTS and RSI.
List of Swiss platforms and databases for images, sounds, films and videos
Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog KVK
Enables simultaneous searches in the catalogues of libraries from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other countries, and in book trade catalogues.
The world’s largest network of resources and services for libraries. It refers to copies held in libraries all over the world. This catalogue was created by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center).