The library of the Museum der Kulturen Basel and of the Ethnological Seminar of Basel University is the largest and oldest specialised ethnological library in Switzerland.With a collection of roughly 100,000 publications – including 200 current scientific journals – the library has a vast range of resources to offer. Its focus is on the museum’s diverse fields of collection and on anthropological theory.
In addition the library holds a collection of children and adolescents’ books from the estate of Elisabeth-Brigitte Schindler-Holzapfel. For access to the collection, please consult the library.
The library’s stock is listed in the online-catalogue of IDS Basel/Bern [http://aleph.unibas.ch/menu.html]. Borrowing is open to all holders of an IDS user card and free of charge. The vast majority of media are kept in closed stacks and must be ordered online (exceptions: current issues of journals, a selection of reference books, and new acquisitions in the open access area). Following your online order, the materials will be set aside for you to collect within one week for usage at home or in the reading room.
Books can only be returned during library office hours or else sent by post.
The materials are indexed according to the OWC (geographic) and OCM (subject) classification systems, allowing you a detailed search of the anthropological literature.
> Literature search by OCW and OWC (pdf - in german)
> Catalogue IDS Basel Bern
> Elektronische Medien Ethnologie
> University Library Basel
> Ethnological Seminar of Basel University
> Access and Use (pdf)
> Publication Exchange (pdf - in german)