Access and registration

The Academy of architecture Library is a public library, part of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI).

  • Access to the library and its reading rooms is free for all users, even if not affiliated to USI. Fee-based services are limited to requests for documents owned by other libraries. Fees vary according to the user types.

  • Bibliographic searches are performed via Reperio, the USI portal curated by the Academy of architecture Library.

  • Reperio also allows searching the collections of over 470 Swiss academic libraries in swisscovery, the new search platform managed by SLSP (Swiss Library Service Platform).

  • swisscovery brings together a major collection of scientific information from Switzerland: over 30 millionbooks and journals, and more than 3 billion electronic articles.
To profit from services offered by Reperio and swisscovery a registration is needed.

To register for SLSP you will need a SWITCH edu-ID account.

  • If you already have a SWITCH edu-ID account, proceed to the registration platform
  • If you do not have a SWITCH edu-ID account yet, click on «Start registration» and then «Create account» on the registration page, or visit the SWITCH edu-ID website to create an account

Students, faculty and USI staff should begin by visiting www.desk.usi.ch to create a new SWITCH edu-id or check if the existing one is connected to USI.
From the registration page you can also add or edit library card numbers.

Registration is free for everyone.

To help you out, we created instructions in pdf (in Italian): swisscovery_guida_all_iscrizione.pdf