swisscovery goes live!

Thank you for bearing with us while we were migrating to our new catalogue to the Swiss Library Service Plateform (SLSP). All services should now be active again, including loans, orders, etc. Some disruptions and delays are still to be expected, while we get used to the new system.

Please take some time to discover swisscovery IHEID, our new research interface. If you have not done so yet, please register your account for the new catalogue by following the instructions posted previously.

So, what next? In the near future, we will share some information on how to use this new catalogue with maximum efficiency. In January, you should also notice an important expansion of our digital resources through agreements with major e-journal publishers. We hope you like the changes, and wish you the best for the last weeks of a difficult year.

Loan service closing on December 2nd

On December 7 2020, the Institute’s Library will join the new network of the Swiss scientific and academic libraries, the Swiss Library Service Plateform (SLSP), along with more than 470 other libraries. From this date on, our print collections and electronic resources to which we subscribe will only be accessible through the search engine of this new platform: swisscovery.

As we speak, 30 million bibliographic references are migrating to the new platform. This transition phase has already resulted in a limitation of some services as we prepare for the phasing out of the current RERO catalogue.

For the final stage of the transition, the loan service will be closed from December 2nd (6pm) until the morning of December 7. You will no longer be able to borrow documents or renew them. The RERO Explore catalogue will remain available during that time.

We would also like to remind you that you can pre-register your account for the new catalogue by following the instructions posted previously.

The Library is aware of the impact these limitations may have on your academic activities during this transition period and apologises for the inconvenience these may cause.


Illustration: SLSP, based on PXFuel royalty-free stock photo

Some services drastically limited due to the migration of the library catalogue (Oct. 23 – Dec. 7)

On December 7 2020, the Institute’s Library will join the new network of the Swiss scientific and academic libraries, the Swiss Library Service Plateform (SLSP), along with more than 470 other libraries. From this date on, our print collections and electronic resources to which we subscribe will only be accessible through the search engine of this new platform: swisscovery. The current RERO Explore will be disabled.

Between October 23 and December 7, 30 million bibliographic references will migrate to the new platform. This transition phase will result in a limitation of some services such as requests for:

  • Interlibrary loans
  • New acquisition suggestions

Loans and returns will still be possible. The RERO Explore catalogue will remain available during that time.

The Library is aware of the impact these limitations may have on your academic activities during this transition period and apologises for the inconvenience these may cause.


Illustration: swisscovery logo