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Copies, scans and digitisation

The Library Am Guisanplatz BiG will make digital copies of articles, book excerpts or entire books from its holdings for you on request. This service is free of charge of employees of the Federal Administration and Swiss Armed Forces. A charge is made to all other library users.

A library employee scans a book with a book scanner. (Photo: Sina Guntern/ZEM)
BiG digitisation centre (Bild: Sina Guntern/ZEM)

Ordering articles and book extracts

If you would like to order journal articles or book extracts, please do so via your library account in the Alexandria search portal by selecting the option 'Digitisation'. Complete the form, stating which extract you would like a copy of.

Copies are usually sent out within two to three working days, via email or by post on request. If you wish to receive a print copy by post, please note this when you make your order.

User PDF per email Print copy by post
Federal / armed forces employee
free free
Private individual CHF 5 per 20 pages CHF 7.50 per 20 pages
Business CHF 25 per 20 pages CHF 27.50 per 20 pages

Copyright and personality rights apply (see Art. 5 User regulations).

Ordering copyright-free books via Ebooks on Demand (EOD)

Digitised copies of copyright-free books and books published before 1914 which are held by the BiG can be ordered on the Alexandria search portal. No user account is required.

How to order

Place your order for the book you require by selecting the option ‘EOD Order a digital copy’. This is only possible for books protected by copyright. Once your order has been verified, you will receive notification of the charges via email.

If you choose to proceed with the order, you will generally receive a digitised version of the book within ten working days. Once you have made the payment online, you will receive a link via email. Click on the link to download the book in PDF format.

User Costs
Federal / armed forces employee free
Privat individuals and business CHF 10 basic charge plus CHR 0.20 per page

More information on payment and delivery can be found at EOD eBooks, Payment and delivery.

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CH-3003 Bern
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CH-3003 Bern

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