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SLSP und swisscovery – Frequently asked questions on the change

The Library Am Guisanplatz BiG and the Alexandria library network are new to swisscovery. From now on, the holdings of 490 Swiss libraries can be searched on the Alexandria search portal. What does this mean for BiG users? We answer the most important questions.

11.04.2022 | Library Am Guisanplatz

Photo of the stacks at the Library am Guisanplatz, showing some bookshelves.
Stacks at the Library am Guisanplatz (Photo: Martin Opladen)

The Library Am Guisanplatz BiG and the Alexandria Library Network have joined the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP). Via swisscovery, users have direct access to the holdings of 490 libraries.

What does this mean for our users? Here we answer some of the key questions you may have:

Yes. The Library Am Guisanplatz joined the Swiss Library Service Platform SLSP on 11 April 2022, which means its holdings can now be accessed via swisscovery.

Information on borrowing and ordering items can be found  here. Please also refer to the the current fees and charges schedule


No, you have to register anew on SLSP. For this you need a SWITCH edu-ID account. You can find information on registering here.

Have your BiG user card to hand: you can still use the user ID. However, you don’t have to have a user card to register.


Yes, you can. On the SLSP registration page select ‘Library Card Management ’. Once you have signed in, you can enter your user ID in your account.


Send an email to and we will send you a new card.

You can access all the swisscovery holdings and order items via Please note that there is a charge for borrowing items from other holdings. You will receive a bill from the library in question.

If you are a federal employee and would like to order books from other swisscovery libraries for work purposes, please contact You will find more information at Inter-library lending

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swisscovery: the new national library platform of Switzerland

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