Wikipedia articles

Wikipedia is an online free-content encyclopaedia that anyone can edit. It is available in over 300 languages. The Wikipedia collection of the Swiss National Library (NL) comprises all articles with a link to Switzerland in the four national languages.

Example from the NL Wikipedia collection

Content and scope

  • Articles belonging to the category Switzerland and published in the Wikipedia editions of the four national languages – German, French, Italian and Romansh
  • Images, charts, sounds, videos etc contained in the articles are also collected
  • Pages that are not part of the encyclopaedia, and that instead concern the Wikipedia organisation, such as project pages, redirects and user pages, are not collected
  • The collection was started in 2023 and comprises more than 125,000 articles
  • Estimated growth of 5,000 articles a year

Collection principles

  • Regular collection of new and modified articles
  • The collection is not governed by a law on legal deposit but by an agreement with Wikimedia CH 

Research and access

  • The articles are listed in Helveticat
  • The full texts can be searched for in e-Helvetica Access, the gateway to the NL’s digital collections
  • The archived articles are freely accessible
  • The articles are preserved in the NL’s long-term archive so that they remain accessible for future generations

Takedown notice

Does the material in an archived Wikipedia article violate your right to privacy? Or do you own the copyright to material in a Wikipedia article that is not allowed to be published? If so, please contact us using the form below: 

for any queries and future communication

By sending your message, you consent to the processing and storage of your data by the National Library, provided this is necessary to handle your request. You can find out more about data protection at the National Library in the Data protection notice. 

Please note that the NL can only disable access to content in its Wikipedia collection. It has no influence over material on original Wikipedia pages and is therefore unable to block or arrange the blocking of such material.  

Last modification 24.07.2023

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