Monday 7 December marks the launch of swisscovery – a new platform for academic libraries. The SWITCH edu-ID gives users access to 40 million books.
The library platform swisscovery goes into operation on 7 December 2020. Up to one million users will be able to access over 40 million books, series, journals and non-book materials as well as over three billion electronic articles – all through one single platform. The gateway to swisscovery is the SWITCH edu-ID. University members and other users can now log in to swisscovery using a universal and indefinitely valid digital ID provided by SWITCH.
More than 300,000 people already have a SWITCH edu-ID account. This gives them access to around 1,400 university-related services. This now also includes swisscovery. If you do not yet have a SWITCH edu-ID account, you can create one free of charge at any time and link it directly to your own university in order to benefit from widespread access.
The SWITCH edu-ID is a personal digital ID for all university members and other users. It can be used universally at all universities and beyond, for example for swisscovery. The SWITCH edu-ID never expires and supports life-long learning. The data remains in Switzerland and is covered by Swiss data protection provisions.
SWITCH is the competent and trusted partner for digitalisation issues that jointly concern the education, research and innovation community in Switzerland. The independent foundation helps universities and other partners within and outside the academic world to make effective and efficient use of the opportunities presented by digitalisation. SWITCH has been the registry for .ch and .li domain names since the early days of the internet. The foundation employs more than 100 members of staff at its Zurich headquarters.