user information

The majority of the library books can be found at the English Seminar, Nadelberg 6. There is an additional library room at Nadelberg 4 (enter building through grey double door opposite courtyard entrance, turn left, go up stairs at the end of corridor to 1st floor).

Distribution of the library stock

Use the guide Distribution to the Library Stock [PDF (104 KB)] to check a book's exact location. This guide is also included in the folder Guide to the Library [PDF (187 KB)] which can be found in most library rooms.


Self-service checkout ('Selbstausleihe')

Books need to be checked out with your library or student card using the computers and bar code readers on the veranda (1st and 2nd floor of the English Seminar) or in our Nadelberg 4 library room. Check out library books using the self-service checkout [PDF (190 KB)] based on the University of Basel's main library system ('Universitätsbibliothek Basel').



The loan regulations conform with the loan regulations of the Universitätsbibliothek Basel. The standard loan period for books is 28 days. This period is automatically extended twice if the book is not recalled by another user. The item can be extended manually three more times online in the user account, provided that there is no reservation. When receiving a reminder the user is asked to return the item in the following five days, otherwise borrowers will be charged an overdue fee.


Interlibrary loans

Swiss libraries may request an interlibrary loan via the English seminar library providing that the item is exclusively available at our library. In this case, the individual user is asked to contact their home library. Books are sent via postal service and photocopies of journal articles may also be sent electronically.


Return books

Items may be placed in the grey book box on the first floor in the Department of English, right next to the Hiwi office (room 16).