Where to Search?

The Library Catalog of the UB and ZB Zurich

The central entry point for research in the collections of the University Library Zurich (UB Zurich) and the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (ZB Zurich) is swisscovery UB and ZB Zurich.Titles purchased or licensed by the UB and the ZB as well as publications by UZH researchers are listed in swisscovery.

Repositories and Special Collections

Some individual repositories and special collections are not listed in swisscovery but instead are recorded in special catalogues and can only be viewed on site.


There are additional platforms embedded in swisscovery that you can search through individually. You can find the most important platforms below.


BrowZine for E-Journals


Find and discover e-journals with BrowZine You can set up a personalized, virtual journal shelf with your top journals. Articles can be saved offline and read on the go.


Swiss Platforms


swisscollections is a portal for historical and modern collections in Swiss libraries and archives. Here you can find and order manuscripts, letters, old prints, rare books, archive holdings, estates, image and map material as well as music and sound recordings.


memobaseis a portal that makes Switzerland's audiovisual heritage accessible.


Kartenportal.CH is the specialized portal to access maps from Swiss libraries and archives.


Swiss Library Catalogues

Library catalogs that are not accessible through the SLSP-network:

Helveticat Katalog der Schweizerischen Nationalbibliothek

Sistema Bibliotecario Ticinese (SBT)


International Platforms

Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog (KVK)

The KVK is the world’s largest bibliographical database. It includes the catalogues of member libraries and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).


WorldCat is the world’s largest bibliographical database. It includes the catalogues of member libraries and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).


Library Catalogues Relevant to Specific Subject Areas

On our Subject Information webpage, you can find subject-specific library catalogues.


PressReader for Magazines and Newspapers


On the PressReaderplatform, you can find and discover over 2,000 newspapers and 4,000 magazines from all over the world in 60 different languages. Switzerland is represented by the NZZ, Basler Zeitung, 20 Minuten, Le Temps and La Regione. The range of magazines covers a wide range of leisure interests.


Academic Search Engines

We recommend specialized search engines for searching for scientific literature:

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine for academic documents: Journal articles, books, reports, term papers, dissertations, PowerPoint presentations, abstracts, preprints, and conference papers.

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)

The BASE is one of the world's largest search engines for academic web documents. The BASE is also able to find documents on the Deep Web. The majority of the indexed documents are freely accessible full texts.


COREenables metasearch on open access research papers worldwide.


Search Engines Relevant to Specified Field

Subject-specific academic search engines can be found in our Subject Information catalogue.