New Catalogue and Registration

At the beginning of December 2020, we will introduce a new network of scientific libraries (SLSP, Swiss Library Service Platform) and a new library system. The new system is based on the latest generation of the library software Alma and Primo. The transition implies the following changes for customers of the University Library Bern.

New research platform

As from December 7, 2020, the holdings of the University Library Bern will be searchable and accessible over a new research platform (swisscovery Universität und PH Bern). Swissbib (green and orange) and NEBIS will be discontinued.

The new library network SLSP (Swiss Library Service Platform) brings together 475 scientific libraries.

FAQs swisscovery

Registration

The changeover makes it necessary for all customers - existing and new customers - to re-register on the SLSP-platform.

Re-registration can be done here

Return and rebooking

  • In view of the difficult situation, we have extended the return deadline for media borrowed in the old system until January 31, 2021. Earlier returns are still possible and also desired, but not mandatory.
  • You can have most borrowed media rebooked from the old to the new system and thus extend the loan without interruption.
  • To transfer media from the old to the new system, you must return the media to your library. For data protection reasons, we cannot transfer the media directly from your old to your new account.

Existing user cards, Unicards are still valid. Enter the user number during registration. 

Migration

  • from 7 December:
    Media that have been borrowed via the old system can no longer be renewed.
  • 7 December, 10.00: Media can be borrowed via the new system swisscovery UB Bern. The Bernese courier and the SLSP courier are in operation.

Registration

The changeover makes it necessary for all customers - existing and new customers - to re-register on the SLSP-platform.

Re-registration can be done here

Data in the EU

With SLSP, customer data will now be managed on a server in the EU. Customers will have to give their consent to the transfer of data when they re-register via SWITCH-Edu-ID.

Adapted services

With the transition to the new system and network, many services of academic libraries in Switzerland will be standardized. 

In addition to the free courier service, which will continue to link the Bernese courier libraries as before, a SLSP courier service will be set up for a fee (CHF 6.- per medium ordered). Media from all over Switzerland can be ordered via this new courier service. Delivery time: 48 hours.

New network

The faculty libraries of the UB Bern have so far mainly been integrated into the IDS (Informationsverbund Deutschschweiz) or IDS Basel Bern. The Library of Exact Sciences was connected to the NEBIS network.
Both IDS and NEBIS will be part of the new network SLSP. All faculty libraries of the UB will be registered as part of the University Library Bern in SLSP. Services and fees will be standardised and adjusted accordingly.

Further procedure

The University Library will inform you through different channels if you need to take action.