Using our services

Register

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 your responsibility to create your account and keep your personal data up to date (see SLSP General Privacy Statement).

Exception: Libraries and other institutions as well as all organizations (companies, associations, etc.) are requested to register using the dedicated form and to inform us for the validation of the registration (see contacts).

For an individual registration, please follow the steps below:

1. Create a SWITCH edu-ID account

The possession of a SWITCH edu-ID account is a prerequisite for registration on the swisscovery service and research platform. The SWITCH edu-ID is a persistent identifier that provides access to various services for the Swiss academic community. This step is not required if you already have a SWITCH edu-ID account.

Procedure for UNIGE members (employees or students):

Please refer to the procedure available on STIC Intranet: https://plone.unige.ch/distic/pub/compte-switch-edu-id/compte-switch-edu-id-accueil#EN

Procedure for other users:

  1. Go to https://eduid.ch.
  2. Click on "Create account".
  3. Fill in the form with your surname, first name, email address and password and then accept the terms of use of the service. Click again on "Create account".
  4. You receive a validation message on your mailbox. Click on the link in this message to confirm your registration to SWITCH edu-ID.
  5. Complete your SWITCH edu-ID account data with at least the following information: a physical address, a telephone number, your date of birth.
  6. If you are a member of the HUG or of a Swiss higher education institution, in the "Linked identities" section, click on "Add organizational identity". Select your institution from the list, then log in with your institutional credentials. This step allows you to benefit from services reserved for members of your institution.

Note:

  • Your SWITCH edu-ID account belongs to you and remains active if you leave your institution (unlike your AAI account). You can only have one SWITCH edu-ID account!

2. Registration to SLSP (swisscovery)

How to proceed:

  1. Go to https://registration.slsp.ch/?iz=unige.
  2. Click on "Start Registration".
  3. Complete the form with your SWITCH edu-ID account details and click on "Login".
  4. Check the information transmitted from SWITCH edu-ID to swisscovery and click on "Accept".
  5. If you have a UNIGE multiservices card and have created your SWITCH edu-ID account from your AAI account, your library card number, which is printed on your multiservices card (under the barcode), is automatically taken over. If this is not the case and you already have a library card, you can enter its number in the "Library card number" field. If you do not yet have a library card, a card will be provided at a library desk upon presentation of an identity document when you first visit the library.
  6. Accept the terms of use of the service and click on "Register".

Notes:

  • Registration is valid in all SLSP institutions.
  • It is not necessary to have a postal address in Switzerland to register.

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Library card

If you have a multiservices card from UNIGE:

  • Your multiservices card serves as a library card. The library card number, which is printed on your multiservices card (under the barcode), is automatically taken over when you register with swisscovery, provided that you have created your SWITCH edu-ID account from your AAI account.
  • You can also scan the card with the UNIGE mobile app and use the digital version to borrow documents from the UNIGE Library.
  • In case of loss, please contact the Centre d'accueil des demandes (CAD) to obtain a new card. The duplicate costs CHF 25.

If you have a library card from the bibliopass network (e.g. an old RERO card):

  • You can continue to use your library card within swisscovery. When registering, please enter the number under the barcode in the field provided. If you have not done so at that time, go to https://registration.slsp.ch/register/library-card/ to add your barcode number to your swisscovery account.
  • In case of loss, please contact a Library desk to obtain a new one.

If you do not yet have an eligible library card:

  • A SLSP card will be provided to you free of charge at a library desk upon presentation of an identity document when you first visit the library.
  • In case of loss, please contact a Library desk to obtain a new one.

In any case, your library card is personal and must be presented for every loan.