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). To borrow books and to get a Library Card please visit our library and contact our staff.

  • 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.
  • Return: Please return the books to a member of the library staff during our opening hours.

Overdue fees:

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

Copy possibilities (terms of delivery and prices):

Reference books and journals can be consulted in the library only, but you have the option to order copies of the required pages:


Terms of delivery

First 20 pages1-2 days

8.- CHF

Every other page1-2 days

+ 0.20 CHF


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.

During the Covid-19 outbreak the Swiss TPH library is closed. Please contact us per mail for any question:

Swiss TPH Library
Socinstr. 57, CH - 4002 Basel
Phone: +41 61 284 82 23