Catalogue & classification

Research in our collections


The research for documents available in our library can be made by means of our catalog (Explore Federal Institutions discovery tool give access to the resources extracted from the Library data and from a couple of legal and bibliographical databases)

Research in jusbib

To spread the research to other networks of Swiss libraries, you can use jusbib, which includes the bibliographical references of the Swiss legal libraries. This tool contains only the references to documents possessed by libraries and not accesses to the electronic resources signed by a specific institution.  

Legal classification of French-speaking Switzerland

The documents of the collection of our library are not indexed, but are classified by means of the legal classification of French-speaking Switzerland. This one, compound of a combination of letters and of figures, aims at describing the intellectual contents of the document. It is possible to make a research by classification in the Explore tool. The available systematic plan, below in four languages, describes the functioning of this classification. Jan Stepan's article, former deputy director and librarian to the Swiss Institute of comparative law, clarifies the genesis.

Systematic plan in English.

List of the initials used to identify the diverse states