7.12 | swisscovery the research and information portal is online!


swisscovery, the research and services platform is online !

On December 7, UNIGE library left the Library Network of Western Switzerland (RERO) to join the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP) which include 470 other research libraries from across Switzerland. As a user of the UNIGE Library, you now have access to the collections of all the libraries in the SLSP network, i.e. to more than 30 million books, journals and other types of documents as well as more than 3 billion electronic articles and open access documents also from institutional directories such as the UNIGE's Archive ouverte.

From now on, to access the collections of the UNIGE Library and benefit from this extended range of documentary resources and services on the swisscovery research and services platform, individual registration is necessary for everyone, whether you are a member of UNIGE or external user.

>>> If you haven't already done so, register now:

For further information, please see our FAQs at the bottom of this page. You can also contact the librarians at your site (see contact block on the right) or come and ask your questions at the reception desks.


The borrowing conditions have been harmonized across the whole SLSP network.

  • 100 items can be borrowed simultaneously
  • 28 days of loan term
  • 5 automatic extensions of 28 days (as long as it has not been reserved)


You can order printed or electronic documents from another library, either directly through the listing in the swisscovery catalog or using the usual interlibrary loan (ILL) service, which has not changed. Document ordering remains free of charge for all documents picked up in one of our libraries.


The scan on demand service, which allows you to obtain copies of articles or partial copies of other documents available in certain collections of the UNIGE Library, is now accessible from swisscovery.


To enable you to learn about the Library's new catalog, the swisscovery portal and the SLSP network, 4 training sessions are offered by videoconference from mid-December. Register online.


What is SLSP network ?

The Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP) is the result of a nationwide project initiated by swissuniversities in 2015. To date, it brings together 475 Swiss scientific libraries.  

It will replace the existing networks, in particular the RERO, from 7 December. Further information:

Why do I have to register and how?

In order to access the swisscovery service and research platform, an individual registration on the SLSP platform via a SWITCH edu-ID account is required. For reasons of data protection, it is now up to you to create your account and keep your personal data up to date. (See Privacy policy)

All the information and procedures for registering can be found on the page:

What happens to RERO network?

The RERO network will continue to exist and will now focus on school and public libraries. This means that, starting on 7 December, RERO and SLSP will use two separate library management systems, and will have two different catalogues and their own user accounts. More informations are available on RERO memo to users (only in French or in German).

Will my RERO account be deleted after 7 December?

As of December 7, 2020, you will no longer be able to use your current RERO account to access the Library's lending services. However, you will still be able to continue to consult your RERO account, especially if you have borrowed documents before December 7. These documents will remain visible in your old account until you return them. Your RERO account will be permanently closed in March 2021.


December 7, 2020