National cooperation

Digitising collections is expensive. It is therefore important to find partners to pool resources in an effort to move projects ahead more quickly. It is equally important to be aware of what projects are underway to avoid digitising the same document twice. This twofold objective of national cooperation is explained on this page.

Swiss Posters Collection

Zermatt and the Matterhorn
© NL

This collection holds posters that have a link with Switzerland. It provides a snapshot of Swiss and European culture from the end of the 19th century to the present day, in a variety of fields, such as tourism, exhibitions, advertising, cultural activities, sport and politics. The NL adds items to the Union Catalogue ‘Swiss Posters Collection' in cooperation with a number of Swiss cultural institutions (Bibliothèque de Genève, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Fribourg, Médiathèque Valais, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Schule für Gestaltung Basel, the Museum of Transport in Lucerne and the Abbaye de St Maurice), with the support of Memoriav.


The Digicoord platform aims to make the digitised collections and digitisation projects of Swiss libraries visible (with the aim of avoiding duplication), share experiences and promote best practices in the field of digitisation. It also allows quicker access to collections that are already available online. Digicoord is a joint project of the NL and the Library Network of Western Switzerland (RERO).

The Swiss press

The Swiss press can only be digitised in cooperation with its publishers, in particular due questions of rights' ownership. In December 2007, the NL and the libraries of the French-speaking part of Switzerland signed an agreement with Presse Suisse - the organisation of publishers of daily and periodical news from the French-speaking part of Switzerland. The recommendations contained in this document encourage the digitisation of newspapers and promote free and unlimited access to the rich cultural of the daily press:

Last modification 05.06.2014

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