To all users of the Library Maiengasse:

  • From the 18th October a mask must always be worn in all publicly accessible rooms. The mask may not be taken off while seated.
  • The university libraries, including the Library Maiengasse, are open to the public. However, access to all other buildings of the university is generally only permitted for members of the university.
  • The maximum number of persons per room in the Maiengasse library is indicated.
  • The current number of visitors in our libraries can be viewed here at any time. The figures refer to all library premises; the percentage occupancy of workstations can be significantly higher.
  • Please have your library card or student or employee card ready to identify yourself if necessary.
  • Only those who do not have any symptoms indicating COVID-19 illness, do not live in the same household as a person suffering from COVID-19 or have had close contact with a person suffering from COVID-19 in the last 10 days are admitted.


The Library Maiengasse encompasses the specialized library of Near and Middle Eastern Studies as well as the specialized libraries of the Institute for French Philology and Literary Studies and the Institutes for Romance Studies.

The libraries can be used by all members of University as well as by interested individuals.

Students of the University of Basle can benefit from all services of the Library Maiengasse. The student card is used as the library card.

Furthermore all individuals who have their main residence or their secondary residence in either Switzerland, the Region of Baden or the Region of the Alsace, or who are registered or employed at the University of Basle are allowed to borrow books or media.

For more detailed information about the terms and conditions please consult the library statutes.


The inventory of the library of Near and Middle Eastern Studies

The complete inventory of the library of Near and Middle Eastern Studies is available on the Library Catalogue IDS Basel Bern.

  • Arabic and Persian text editions: Hadith, Fiqh, Philosophy, Theology, Mysticism, History, Biographies, Geography, Grammar, Rhetorics, Arabic-Islamic Sciences (Medicine, Astronomy, Astrology, Mathematics, Biology etc.)
  • Classical and modern Arabic and Persian Literature (poetry/prose)
  • Turkish text editions (Osmanic texts and Turkish secondary literature
  • Reference works
  • Relevant Literature on: Studies on Religions, History, History of Culture, Law, Philosophy, Theology, Geography, Arabic, Persian and Turkish Philology Studies, History of Literature, Epigraphy, Archaelogy and Art
  • A small compilation of Catalogues of Manuscripts
  • Journals
  • A small inventory of tapes, Cds, DVDs and Videos