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Geneva Jewish Library "Gérard Nordmann"


The Geneva Jewish Library contains more than 30'000 volumes. It houses a part (about 1000 volumes) of the collections of the library of the rabbi's seminar of Wroclaw which was destroyed by the Nazis. It also owns a 1613 manuscript of David Gans, the Sefer Nehmad ve-naïm, from Prague.

The library covers the following areas: Judaism, Israel, religion, history, languages, literature.

In addition to its monographs, the library provides periodicals, audio documents and some specifics inventories:

Foundation for the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC)


The study of the iconographic representations of the ancient myths and legends being designated as classical mythology is the main objective pursued by the Foundation for the LIMC.

Printed books of the 15th and 16th centuries in Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel (GLN 15-16)

GLN 15-16 is a bibliography of books published in the 15th and 16th centuries in the cities of Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel, plus the city of Morges. As of that date, the database contains 4'732 entries.

Federal Archives of historic monuments (FAHM)


The EAD collections focus mainly on documentation of government-backed measures in the areas of the preservation of historical monuments , the protection of historical sites, and archaeology. The EAD holds documents from the Federal Commission for Monument Preservation (EKD), the Cultural Heritage and Historical Monuments section of the Federal Office of Culture (FOC), federal experts, and key people or institutions active in this area.

Münchhausen Library

The Münchhausens library documents the phenomenon Münchhausen for the time of 1760 till today.

It intends to unite publications into as many languages as possible, to get hold of original editions of the early time and to the literary sources and to provide evidence of the treatment of the material in different media.

There exists none publicly accessible catalogue. Now and then appear lists of branches on the website.

Apollonius Dyscolus (Greek Grammarian)

A website dedicated to Apollonius Dyscolus, an ancient grammarian. With a full bibliography, many downloadable works and a list of Appollonian Scholars.


HelveticArchives is the online database maintaining the archival collections of the Swiss National Library (NL). Die Datenbank enthält Angaben zu den Beständen der Graphischen Sammlung (GS) und des Schweizerischen Literaturarchivs (SLA). Tne Catalog contains the collections of the Prints and Drawings Department and of the Swiss Literary Archives (SLA).

In Helveticarchives you can currently find portrait photographs of important Swiss personalities as well as photographs of landscapes and localities from various Swiss cantons, historical photographs from The Federal Archives of Historical Monuments (FAHM) and pictures from the photo collection of Annemarie Schwarzenbach.

HelveticatArchives includes also the Index of manuscript collections held in libraries and archives in Switzerland and the ISplus database, which contains a wide range of information on Swiss heritage institutions (Archives, Libraries and Museums) listed by canton in alphabetical order.


SwissInfoDesk is a link collection that simplifies search for information about Switzerland. Information and documentation specialists at the Swiss National Library (NL) have selected and commented the links.

Links are gathered by sub-topics and are described with a brief commentary. In the index, you can search keywords that drive you directly to the topic you are looking for.

The areas of interest contain the following subjects:

  • Swiss history
  • Swiss literature
  • Swiss Art
  • library and information sciences

The website also provides a new alert service, and an order form for individualized research.

Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB)


The library of the BAB containts books published after 1919, journals, newspapers and grey literature from and about Namibia and southern Africa, as well as a Rare-Book Collection with old, rare and bibliophile works relating to the entire African continent.


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