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Go-Live swisscovery

From 7 December 2020 you, as a library customer, now have access to the entire scientific media holdings of Switzerland:

swisscovery replaces the previous library networks and research portals. And thus also replaces NEBIS.

In order to continue to use your library, you must register again:


New research platform swisscovery

On 7 December 2020 NEBIS will be replaced by the new research platform swisscovery, which allows you access to the public scientific libraries of Switzerland.

In order to continue to use the FHNW libraries services, you must register again:
The previously used library accounts will no longer be valid in swisscovery. You can keep your current library cards by entering the number of your library card during registration.

Reservations that you have placed in NEBIS will not be migrated and must be reserved again from 7 December 2020 onwards. You will be able to see your borrowing histories until 31 March 2021 under

On 15 November 2020 the NEBIS borrowing network will be stopped and it will no longer be possible to order documents from third-party libraries. The collection on site, the ordering by post (mail courier) and the return of documents from the NEBIS borrowing network will still be possible.

Before switching to swisscovery, all NEBIS libraries will be subject to short-term restrictions in use. From 2 to 6 December 2020 there will be a complete stop of borrowing services in all libraries.

On 7 December 2020 the library will be closed due to system migration!

For further information on swisscovery, the restrictions of borrowing services and registration, please see under


New: Book Scanner

The library now has a professional book scanner freely available for patron use!

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New Library Video

We are proud to present the new library video. Many thanks to Marco and Patrick from T-Nerd Production.


New abstract and citation database Scopus

Scopus is the largest curated abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature (journals, books, conference papers …) and features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

You can access the database using the following link:


NEBIS recherche: E-periodica newly integrated in the tab "Books, Journals, Images…"

The pipe e-periodica (formerly: retro.seals) is newly integrated in NEBIS recherche within the tab "Books, Journals, Images…"

E-periodica is the platform of the ETH Bibliothek for digitized Swiss journals on scientific and cultural issues. The earliest journals on e-periodica origin from the early 18th century and the range is continuously growing by the latest issues. All journals on the platform are open access.

E-periodica can be selected in the NEBIS recherche by the category "collection".


Since the start of 2016 even more resources are available via

CAIRN Economie et Gestion : contains 63 journals in French on economics and management.

SAGE Management & Organisation Studies : offers 94 journals in English on the subjects of management, organization, work, human resources, society and tourism.

JSTOR Arts & Sciences : contains journals on economics and sociology, e.g. American Economic Review, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review,  Journal of Finance, Econometria and others.

WISO : the range has also been extended and now offers "Le Monde diplomatique".

08.01.2015 will now be

At the end of the year 2014 the website ceased to exist. You now find the links to the consortium based databases, electronic journals, e-books, reference books et cetera on -> Services -> FH e-Ressourcen. Unfortunately the English version of the new website is not ready yet.


New E-Book Stickers

From now onwards we will mark E-Books, which are available within the FHNW network and have a "twin" edition in print, with a yellow sticker on the back of the book. This will help you to find our electronical ressources. Please do not hesitate to ask our staff for support concerning the use of E-Books or check out our video tutorial (at the moment in German only, but the English version is in progress and will be available soon!).



The NEBIS recherche is now available on mobile devices!

The NEBIS network mobile web app offers you easy and convenient access to the NEBIS recherche at any time and at any location. The application, which has been optimized by smartphones, enables you to:

  •  search for and order ressources
  • view loans and open orders and reservations in your user account.

    You will be able to find contact information and opening hours quickly and easily. The mobile website also provides you with news in the network.

    Try it out! When you enter a search under , smartphones will automatically switch to the mobile site .



The Coffee Bar is also a Press Reading Room!

From now on you can read the following (mostly german language) newspapers in the new coffee bar while enjoying a delicious espresso:

Aargauer Zeitung  Basler Zeitung,  Der Bund,  Oltner Tagblatt, Le Temps, Solothurner Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Tages-Anzeiger, Tageswoche

Frankfurter Allgemeine, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal

Finanz und Wirtschaft, Handelszeitung, Unia - Die Zeitung der Gewerkschaft, Wochenzeitung WOZ

Enjoy yourself!

Marianne Hertner, Head Librarian