Newspapers and journals

Where can I find current issues of newspapers?

  • Current issues of selected daily newspapers are available in the reading area ("Lesefoyer") on Level 1 opposite the  loan desk. 
  • You can also access a selection of daily newspapers on the iPads in the reading area and on Level 2.
  • The last three months' issues of the main Swiss daily newspapers can be found on Level 2.

Where can I find current issues of journals?

Selected journals on law and popular fields can be found in the reading room on Level 1.

A selection of journals on the information sciences can be found in the room for the specialised collection concerned, adjoining the reading room.

On Level 2, you can find important journals on Swiss history as well as two dozen or so general interest magazines such as Swiss news or Le Monde diplomatique.

Finally, on Level 3 you can consult a selection of specialist journals on Swiss literatures as well as art and architecture.

Where can I find older issues of newspapers?

There are a number of ways to use issues of older newspapers:

Some titles have been retro-digitised and can be accessed via the Swiss Press Online site.

Issues of frequently requested Swiss daily newspapers are freely accessible on microfilm in the public rooms.

If no microfilm version of a newspaper is available, please order the original for the reading room via our Helveticat catalogue.

It is possible that a newspaper title is listed only in the NL-Serials card catalogue. This catalogue lists all serials that ceased publication before 1993 or were newly acquired up to May 2005. In this case, send an e-mail to info@nb.admin.ch and we will deal with your order. If you are at the NL, you can carry out searches and submit orders yourself.

Where can I find older issues of journals?

The vast majority of journals are indexed in Helveticat.

- Some journals have been retro-digitised and can be accessed via the Retro seals website.

Very old journals that ceased publication before 1993 may not be listed in Helveticat and may only be found in the NL-Serials card catalogue. In this case, send an e-mail to info@nb.admin.ch and we will deal with your order. If you are at the NL, you can carry out searches and submit orders yourself.

How can I find newspapers and journals from before 1900?

There may be gaps in the collections of pre-1900 newspapers and journals. We recommend searching in the following bibliographies to find out whether newspapers that are not available at the NL are available in other Swiss libraries. Both bibliographies are available online.

How do I order an issue of a newspaper or journal?

To order an issue of a newspaper or journal, proceed as you would when ordering a book but bear in mind the following:

  • The holdings on each title indicates which fonds are available.
  • To order, click on items and select the desired date (month, year).
  • There are global items for which you indicate which issue (month, year) you require yourself, under "Vol." in the online form.
  • Some titles cannot be ordered online. In this case, complete an order form and hand it in at the loan desk.

How can I find an article from a newspaper or journal?

Helveticat lists the titles of newspapers and journals, but not the articles within them.

If you know the title of the newspaper or journal, the year and the page number of the article you are looking for, you can order the corresponding issue to consult in the reading room. If you do not have these references, you can search for them, for example in the Bibliography on Swiss History (BSH) or the Swissbib metacatalogue.

Which Swiss newspapers and journals are digitised and available in full text?

Digitised newspapers can be freely accessed on the Swiss Press Online website.
Digitised journals are available on the Retroseals platform.

From the PC workstations in the public rooms of the NL, you can also access protected content.

Is there a summary of the Swiss press from yesterday to today?

Yes, there is a list of newspapers held by the NL. It is an extract from our catalogue Helveticat.
This summary reviews titles available on paper as well as those on other media, such as microfilms and digitized files, which are freely accessible on certain platforms as well as press products that are on databases such as Factiva and Swissdox.

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