Library and Documentation Services

The library offers literature and other media on Public Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, Travel and Tropical Medicine, as well as on Medical Parasitology and Biology of Infection.

Reading room, 15 workstations with internet access (WiFi, eduroam, VPN).

More than 9'000 books and theses. Our books are arranged in subject order and are registered in the swissbib library catalogue.

Access to the online resources (e-databases, e-journals and e-books) of the University of Basel.

About 50 current print journals on medicine and public health. In addition hundreds of journals are available online.

A bibliographic database with more than 10'000 publications of Swiss TPH authors.

A video collection on Vimeo and a DVD collection.


Students can borrow books from our collection by using the University Legitimation Card. Other users will need a Library Card (e.g. Library Card of the University of Basel).

If you would like to borrow a book from our collection, please arrange an appointment by sending us the following information by e-mail ( at least two days in advance:

  • your name and your User ID (Benutzernummer)
  • title of the book, author and call number (Signatur)
  • time slot (Tue or Thu 9:00 -12:00)

The loan period for books is generally 28 days. If the book is not reserved by another user the loan period will be renewed automatically (2x). Using the online catalogue ( you may extend the loan period 2 more times.

Overdue fees:

  • Recall: free of Charge
  • 1. Reminder: 10.- CHF per document
  • 2. Reminder: 20.- CHF per document
  • 3. Reminder: 35.- CHF per document


We welcome suggestions for the purchase of books for the Library. For each book, please send us an email to including as many detail as possible.

The use of the library by external visitors is only possible by appointment. Please contact us via
If you want to borrow books, please search our catalogue and write an email with information on authors, title and call number (for example "TPH WC 750- 99").


Swiss TPH Library
Socinstr. 57, CH - 4002 Basel

+41 (0)61 284 8899