FAQ - General

Who is Lib4RI and what are our services?

Lib4RI is the joint library of the 4 research institutes within the ETH domain: Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL. Lib4RI provides online access to more than 16,000 e-journals, some 380,000 e-books and holds a total of over 100,000 print books for loan. Please see Info #01 for a summary of all our services. Lib4RI is not to be confused with the independent libraries of ETH Zurich or EPF Lausanne albeit many of their print titles are shared via the Swiss NEBIS library network.

Electronic resources such as databases, e-journals and e-books in the subscription of Lib4RI are accessible to all affiliates of Eawag, Empa, PSI and WSL within the IP-range of their institute. Should you have access issues please refer to the corresponding FAQ or contact eresources@lib4ri.ch.

To allow for book and other loans from Lib4RI a registration with NEBIS is required.

Lib4RI also hosts the institutional repository DORA managing the scientific output of Eawag, Empa, WSL – and soon to come – PSI.

Please see Info #01 for a summary of all our services.

What is NEBIS?

NEBIS is the «Network of Libraries and Information Centres in Switzerland». It comprises some 140 libraries at universities and research facilities all over the country. The NEBIS catalog contains about 10.5 million titles including books, serials, journals and non-book materials. Most documents can be ordered online. Note that electronic resources such as e-journals, e-books and databases are generally not shared between NEBIS libraries and their organisations.

You need to register with NEBIS to be able to borrow books and other media. For frequently asked questions related to NEBIS please refer to the dedicated NEBIS FAQ.

Who can I contact if I have a question?

For all general inquiries please contact our service desk at info@lib4ri.ch or 058-765 5700. You can also use our online form and pick a specific subject. Contact details, functions and photographs of all Lib4RI team members can be found here. We are also happy to assist you in person at our library locations (please check our opening hours ).

How do I register for a Lib4RI / NEBIS library account?

Please follow the instructions given here.

What services can I use with my Lib4RI / NEBIS library account?

With your Lib4RI / NEBIS library account you can

  • borrow books and other media from Lib4RI and many other NEBIS libraries (also see Info #03 for a how-to-guide).
  • request most books online via NEBIS recherche to be picked up at the lending library or have them shipped to your institutional home library or research location ( list of pick-up locations , only for members of the 4 RIs).
  • request photocopies (PDF scans) for articles that are not subscribed online by Lib4RI but available in the print collection of a NEBIS library (see Info #02 for a how-to-guide).

You can find more details on services offered by Lib4RI at www.lib4ri.ch > Services and in the information leaflets given there.

For frequently asked questions related to NEBIS please refer to the dedicated NEBIS FAQ.

I am leaving my institute. What do I have to do regarding my library account?

Please visit your home library during our opening hours to cancel your Lib4RI / NEBIS account or have your details updated for continuation. If it is inconvenient to visit your home library in person, please contact us via e-mail or phone (058-765 5700).

TEL. +41 58 765 5700  info@lib4ri.ch 

Stephanie Hofmann

t +41 58 765 5032

Dr. Bobby Neuhold

t +41 58 765 5133