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Old and Rare Books

Heritage of the Printed Book Database (HDPB) Collection of files of catalog records from major European and North American research libraries covering items of European printing of the hand-press period (c.1455-c.1830)

Book History Online (BHO) International bibliography in the field of book and library history

e-rara Platform for digitized rare books from Swiss libraries

The majority of our collection in old and rare books is housed in closed stack areas and can be requested through our online catalog swissbib Basel Bern. Open access holdings can be found in the following libraries:

Münstergasse Library

  • Historical collection (books published up to and including 1899, to be consulted in the Special Reading Room)
  • Reference works in the Special Reading Room