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e-rara.ch

Online platform for digitised rare books from Swiss libraries

e-rara.ch is the portal for digitised books from the holdings of Swiss libraries. The material concentrates on rare and valuable books from the 15th to the 19th century and themed collections covering various scientific subject areas.

The digitised prints, in colour and high resolution, are easy to read on the screen. Users benefit from the following functions:

  • Image navigation with a number of different viewing modes (scrolling, zoom function, miniature view)
  • Structural metadata as a navigation aid (virtual table of contents)
  • Browsing in collections by author, title, year of publication etc.
  • Different and specific search functions 
  • Free PDF download of complete books or individual chapters 

e-rara.ch is the result of a national partnership. Five Swiss libraries played an active role in setting up the platform and are now digitising their books locally using the latest technologies. Other libraries are making their holdings available for digitisation. In principle, any Swiss library can take part in e-rara.ch.