COVID-19 measures


  • According to the new provisions of the Federal Council, access to the library is only allowed to those who can present a 2G certificate, i.e. people who have been vaccinated or have healed from COVID.


20 December 2021
Information to all users

COVID-19 measures


  • From 22 September only users with a Switzerland or EU compatible COVID certificate (readable as a QR code and accompanied by a valid ID) can freely use study places and enter the Library premises.

    » valid certificates (Italian version, English version coming soon)

  • Wearing a mask is currently mandatory in all situations
  • No certificate is required for loan services (borrowing and returning, the latter preferably in the red return box on the ground floor).

  • Users unallowed to access the Library may request up to 10 loanable documents to the following address: prestito-biblioteca.me@usi.ch.
  • The request may only be sent once a week and in a single email.
  • In all requests users must specify at least:
    • the title of each requested document
    • the Reperio permalink of each requested document
    • first name and last name
    • library card number
  • Users sending their requests need to be correctly registered in swisscovery.
  • Emails that fail to comply with these minimal criteria will be deleted without notice.

  • The requested documents can be collected after no less than 24 hours at the loan desk. Documents requested on Friday/Saturday/Sunday will be delivered no sooner than the following Tuesday
  • Masks must be worn in the loan area at the moment of collecting the documents. The maximum amount of people allowed in the loan area will be limited to ensure sufficient physical distance is kept at all times. Delays should be expected.
21 September 2021
Information to all users

» Valid certificates (Italian)

The Academy of architecture Library reopens

Monday 1 March 2021

Monday 1 March the Academy of architecture Library opens its new premises in the Palazzo Turconi and reactivates its services.

After the forced closure due to the coronavirus and the transfer of our collections to the new spaces, we are happy to welcome you, albeit with reduced hours:

Monday - Friday: 9am-6pm

We still need to guarantee sanitary measures, therefore an official inauguration is not yet possible. Thus, we open "quietly" but with great enthusiasm. In the new rooms you will find the general collection (around 130'000 books), author libraries and a large collection of journals. The library covers 1800 m2, has 110 individual study places and 4 group study rooms.

The attached flyer provides a useful map of the library.

The library is now part of swisscovery, the new research platform that unites the collections of 475 swiss scientific libraries and gives access to more than 30 million books and journal, and more than 3 billion electronic articles. All searches need to be made on the new Reperio interface.

A small part of the library's documents is still in closed storage. Requests for this material need to be placed via Reperio. Delivery, notified per email, is granted the same day if the request is placed before 3am, the next opening day if the request is placed later.
25 February 2021

» library flyer (Italian)
On 7 December 2020, USI Libraries will become part of a new library system. They will transfer their catalogues to a new IT platform, which will be called 'swisscovery' and will bring together 475 scientific libraries scattered throughout Switzerland. Through 'swisscovery' and its USI branch, called 'Reperio', users of USI Libraries will have access to the entire directory of scientific documents stored in Switzerland: over 30 million books, magazines and documentary materials, as well as more than 3 billion online articles. A new registration will be required to use 'Reperio' and 'swisscovery', and therefore USI library services.

This "revolution" is the result of a project launched in 2017 by 15 Swiss universities and schools of higher education, including USI, to create a national, collective and multilingual catalogue, which gave rise to the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP), which manages 'swisscovery'.

The transition also marks the withdrawal of USI libraries - the Lugano University Library (BUL) and the Library of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture (BAAM) - from the Ticino Library System.

What changes for USI users?
The transition to 'Reperio' and 'swisscovery' will entail the following main changes for USI Library users: 

  • need for a new membership
    To use the new system, and therefore also to borrow documents from USI Libraries, users will have to re-register using their SWITCH edu-ID.
    Registration is already possible at https://registration.slsp.ch/?iz=usi.
    If you do not yet have a SWITCH edu-ID account, you can create one during registration. We recommend that you associate your SWITCH edu-ID account with the USI affiliation. If you are unable to create a SWITCH edu-ID account, please contact info-BiUSI@usi.ch.
  • impossibility to reach USI library assets through the Sbt (Sistema bibliotecario ticinese)
    By consulting the catalogue of the Sbt (Sistema bibliotecario ticinese), it will no longer be possible to find the resources available in USI Libraries. And vice versa.

What doesn't change for USI users?
There will be no substantial change for searches in USI Libraries: as of 7 December, 'Reperio' will, in fact, be integrated into the websites https://www.bul.sbu.usi.ch/ and http://biblio.arc.usi.ch/. To search for a document, users will therefore be able to continue to use the search tools made available on the sites of the two libraries. Also, it will be possible to extend the search to all 'swisscovery', i.e. to all Swiss scientific libraries. 

What happens between now and the date of the switchover to the new system?
Loans and bookings will continue through the current platform until 2 December 2020 and partway through 3 December 2020. To ensure a smooth transition to the new platform, between the evening of Thursday, 3 December 2020 and the morning of Monday, 7 December 2020 at 10:00 am it will not be possible to loan or book in both the old or the new system. During the transition, loaned documents can be kept or returned as usual.
9 November 2020
#BiUSIrevolution: the virtual migration of USI libraries
The Academy of architecture Library closes… and reopens in Palazzo Turconi
Suspension of services and closure to move the library from 3 December 2020 to 31 January 2021

Before the closure (3 December 2020):
  • please complete your bibliographic searches and organize loans and study material
  • we'll increase the number of simultaneous loans to
    • Bachelor and MsC1 students: 10 documents
    • faculty and MsC2 students: 20 documents
  • special loan requests for usually non-circulating material will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis

During the library closure (3 December 2020 - 31 january 2021):
  • the loan period will automatically be extended until the reopening
  • we will place a return-box at the entrance of Palazzo Turconi, into which you can slip your returning documents
22 October 2020
We're moving!
From the end of October some interlibrary loan (ILL) requests may not be fulfilled
because more than 400 Swiss libraries will simultaneously migrate
to the new SLSP (Swiss Library Service Platform).

Moreover, due to moving our library, the ILL service will be suspended
from 8 November 2020.
All interlibrary loans should be returned before 1 December 2020.
20 October 2020
ILL (interlibrary loan)