Library & Infrastructure


The library of the Museum der Kulturen Basel and of the Institute of Social Anthropology is the largest and oldest library specialised in Social and Cultural Anthropology in Switzerland (est. 1901).
With over 100’000 publications, including around 200 journals, it offers an extensive collection of anthropological literature with a broad geographic and thematic range. The library is open to the public and free of charge. The books and journals have to be ordered online via IDS Basel/Bern and can then be picked up at the library. The publications in the reading room and manuscripts are not on loan. Loans of all other publications can be extended online via your user account unless they are reserved by other users.

The library's reading rooms and workstations may be used during the opening hours.

Opening Hours and Contact

Monday to Friday
9.00 - 12.30h / 13.30 - 16.45h

The library is closed in the afternoon during the semester break.


Phone: + 41 61 266 56 30

Photocopier and Course Reserve (Semesterapparat)

There is a photocopier for public use on the ground floor. The machine can only be operated with the UNICard.

The course reserve (reserved reading list) is on specially assigned shelves in the reading room of the library.



There is WiFi access throughout the building. Login is possible via and your university e-mail account and Password.

Notice Boards

Information on events, conferences, open positions, etc. are posted on the notice board opposite the secretary’s office on the first floor of the building.
The notice board on the left side of the secretary’s office is used for information on the Bachelor’s and Master’s program.