Title Das Schweizer Buch = Le Livre suisse = Il Libro svizzero = Il Cudesch svizzer = The Swiss Book
Web site address The Swiss Book. The National Bibliography
Start date Began 1901
Period covered 1900 to date
Current size About 815.000 (2001-2023)
Media covered Printed and electronic books and serials, non-book materials, maps, and printed music
General selection criteria Helvetica i.e. Swiss publishing output (commercial and non-commercial) published in print and/or electronic form in Switzerland and abroad, in accordance with the National Library’s acquisitions guidelines
Selection criteria for digital resources  All types of formats enabling long-term digital preservation
Exclusions policies applied Resources in non-Latin alphabetical characters except Cyrillic, Greek and Hebrew
Primary organisation responsible for national bibliographic control Swiss National Library
Web site address of national bibliographic agency Swiss National Library
Co-operative structures or  relationships supporting the production of the national bibliography
Single integrated or multiple categorised bibliographies All Resources (fortnightly): issues nos. 1-15 and 17-23 Musical scores (annual): issue no. 16 Doctoral dissertations (annual): issue no. 24 Special issue (annual): issue no. 25
Sources of bibliographic metadata used to produce national bibliography Data created in-house
Relationship to national legal deposit legislation or voluntary deposit arrangements
Relationship to national Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) programme
Form of publication used for the national bibliography The Swiss Book is accessible in the online catalogue Helveticat. Since 2007, the PDF versions of the Swiss Book are available as individual issues as well. Printed catalogue from 1901 to 2006
Access options to national bibliographic metadata:  –
Online access options Z39.50, SRU, OAI-PMH harvesting
Formats & media available for delivery of record sets from the national bibliography MARC files (MARC 21, MARCXML, etc), Dublin Core, XML, CSV, MS Excel, etc, online download
Metadata enhancements offered via online services Book covers, table of contents, links to full text
Web 2.0 services offered
Frequency of service updates Fortnightly
Target audiences for services Academic/public libraries, members of the public, researchers, book trade, etc.
Uses made of services offered Acquisition/selection, derived cataloguing, understanding national publishing output
Pricing policy for national bibliographic services Free of charge
Under what conditions may the metadata be re-used for other products? Metadata are created under “Creative Commons Zero” terms
Metadata formats MARC21, MARCXML, Dublin Core, MODS
Cataloguing rules or code RDA
Levels of description offered Full
Subject standards  –
Classification DDC
Subject heading scheme or thesaurus GND
Name authority standards or Name authority file GND
Is NBA a member of the Bibliography Section? No
Date information submitted 07.02.2024
Information supplied by Valentina Sebastiani, Swiss National Library
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