Switzerland : Swiss National Library

Author info

Institution/Company Swiss National Library
Address Hallwylstrasse 15
Post code 3003
City Bern
Country Switzerland
Telephone +41 31 322 89 36
Name Genevieve Clavel-Merrin
Function International relations
E-mail genevieve.clavel@slb.admin

1. Mission statement:

The Swiss National Library is responsible for collecting and making available to the public, now and in the future, Helvetica i.e. documents (in all formats, printed or digital) published in Switzerland or produced elsewhere by Swiss authors or concerning Switzerland / Swiss people.

3. Library automation

a. In general HW, SW:

Hardware: IBM/AIX/RS6000 Software: VIRTUA

4. Union catalogue

a. Software used:

The Union Catalogue of Swiss Posters runs on VTLS Virtua (

5. Digital library

a. Based on your own production of digital documents:

22’000 digitised posters are catalogued and available online

c. Based on external sources:

a) Electronic publications ľ SNL

The SNL has launched a pilot project with two Swiss publishers, Karger and Stńmpfli, to test the management and archiving of commercial online publications. Details of this and other initiatives indicated below are available at

b) Electronic publications ľ federal level

The SNL and the Swiss Federal Archives have sent out a tender to acquire a shared mass storage system for electronic documents.

c) Electronic publications ľ nationally

The SNL has signed an agreement with the Commission of Swiss University Libraries for the deposit of online theses at the SNL for long-term archiving. A minimal metadata set has been defined. The OAI-PMH protocol will be used (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).

In November 2003, the SNL organised a colloquium for Swiss cantonal libraries on electronic publications and archiving and will start cooperative programmes.

9. Research and technology development projects

SNL is the project leader for the MACS project linking Subject Heading Languages in French, German and English. See: for access to the MACS prototype and reports on the project. . SNL continues working in the EU funded project LEAF (

10. Other important projects

Following the successful conclusion of the TEL project, an accompanying measure funded under the European Unionĺs IST programme, the SNL has become a founder member of the future European Library Service, adopted by the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) at its Annual General Meeting in Vilnius in September 2003 (

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