Klingelbergstrasse 27
CH-4056 Basel

Tel. 0041 (0)61 207 36 60


Dr. phil. Heike Schmidt
Lic. phil. Claudia Erismann

Opening hours

9:00-12:00 / 14:00-17:00

9:00-12:00 / 14:00-17:00

9:00-12:00 / 13:30-17:00

9:00-12:00 / 13:30 - 17:00


Please be aware of occasionally reduced opening hours. For current information, please visit "Library - News".

Loan / interlibrary loan

The Geography library is open to the public during the published times. Borrowing is free of charge. The user IDs of all IDS composite libraries are recognized and entitled to borrow books at the library of the Geography Department (> guidelines). 

The loan period is 4 weeks. If no other order has been made, two additional extensions of four weeks will be granted. Documents can be extended via Internet (Online Catalog swissbib Basel Bern). The media are for reservations but connot be extended. After the expiry of the loan period you will reveice one free reminder.  You will receive a fee, if the books or media are not brought back on time.

Interlibrary loans to private individuals or other libraries only occur after consultation with the library management.

Semester literature

Selected books are reserved for various lectures, exercises and seminars – these books are part of a reserved collection, so called, Semesterapparte.  The loan period would be shortened if one of these books would be needed for a lecture etc..

Reference books, statistics, atlases, course reserved collections and valuable old books and magazines cannot be borrowed from the library.  Exceptions can be made after consultating the staff.  These books basically are not to be borrowed. 

Exception: from Friday 12 o’clock to Monday morning 10 o’clock.

Jobs and infrastructure

In the library, six workstations are available for electronic catalog- or database research. The reading room offers 16 workstations, some offer electricity for working with your own laptop.
It is possible to print search results and to scan images from books etc. Copies can also be made in the library.
In order to make copies, you will need a UniPrint Card.
The patio can be used in the summer months as a working and sitting area.

Other services

The library offers the following services:

  • Sales of the Institute's publications
  • Help and advice on research