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Old 18.04.2007, 16:25
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L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

I knew my L permit was crappy, but I didn't realize I wouldn't be able to do something as simple as getting a library card because of it! Do they think I am going to run off with their books because I am an Auslander? In the U.S., even homeless people can get library cards. This is completely ridiculous! Phew, it feels good to rant.
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Old 18.04.2007, 17:28
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Re: L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

YOu can always ask your work to provide you with a letter stating that you are a full time employee, or that you got the L permit because of quota restrictions.

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Old 18.04.2007, 17:37
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Re: L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

I will try that once I start working (if my work permit comes through, but that's a separate complaint entirely).

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YOu can always ask your work to provide you with a letter stating that you are a full time employee, or that you got the L permit because of quota restrictions.

Doesn't SLB = Sad Lonely Bastard?
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Re: L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

I'll bet there is some humans right implications - equal access to public resources (especially EU). Write to them and stress this if you feel strongly. It will help if you are a student. Or you can steal some books with the intention of returning them (and not therefore permanantly depriving the owner of their use to be considered theft) and turn it in to a publicity stunt for poor immigrant attemting to better themseleves in their new country and being frustrated at every turn. Me: I'd just use Amazon.

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I will try that once I start working (if my work permit comes through, but that's a separate complaint entirely).

SLoB is more like it. No, actually, these are my initials.
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Re: L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

funny, they are my initials too..
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Re: L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

So I managed to get a library card at PBZ. The English selection is not great, but it is fine if you want something to read now and then and the occasional DVD or CD.

Here is a link (in English): http://www.pbz.ch/info/engl.htm

And some info:

If you wish to borrow material, you have three options:
Normal annual (library) card
You can borrow up to 25 items at one time.
It is valid for one year and costs CHF 45.00
Restricted annual (library) card
You can borrow up to 2 items at one time.
It is valid for one year and costs CHF 30.00
Monthly (library) card
You can borrow up to 5 items at one time.
It is valid for one month and costs CHF 10.00
To join, please bring some ID (with name, address and photo) with you.
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Re: L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

I also went to apply for a library card with L permit and was turned down. I'm currently working at Zurich as a full time employee. Will try again with a confirmation of employment letter to see if it works out.
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Re: L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

Could you try to check out books from the Zentralbibliothek in Zürich? It was free to join and they have a reasonable English selection. You can even check out DVDs for free and you can search for stuff in English/set up your account in English.

http://www.zb.uzh.ch/index.html.en
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Re: L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

Zentralbibliothek in Zürich was the place I went for applying the library card. Later I sent one mail to them to ask if I could apply for a card with my confirmation of employment letter and they replied no. But they said that

"The Zentralbibliothek is open to the general public and you are welcome to come by and consult the books that are located in the open stacks of the library without registration. To request books from the closed stacks, you can register for a day card, which can be made valid until the end of your stay, despite its name. Please bring an official ID and refer to the information desk on the second floor. Books from the closed stacks, that are requested with a day card, are made available within an hour and can be read in the library."

No very helpful but it seems at least I can access some books there.
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Re: L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

Interesting, Geneva wins again it seems.... here you only have to produce photographic ID (passport or driving licence are both acceptable), and something that bears proof of your address (such as a utility bill) in case they need to write to you for any reason.

You can even join if you live outside of the canton but have ties to the area (work for example).

http://institutions.ville-geneve.ch/...isation_bm.pdf
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I also went to apply for a library card with L permit and was turned down. I'm currently working at Zurich as a full time employee. Will try again with a confirmation of employment letter to see if it works out.
That's strange. A few years ago they used to issue library cards even with an L permit.
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Interesting, Geneva wins again it seems.... here you only have to produce photographic ID (passport or driving licence are both acceptable), and something that bears proof of your address (such as a utility bill) in case they need to write to you for any reason.

You can even join if you live outside of the canton but have ties to the area (work for example).

http://institutions.ville-geneve.ch/...isation_bm.pdf
Actually anybody that has a permanent address in Switzerland can register for the Zentralbibliothek in Zürich.

I can only guess, but I would assume that the problem with an L-permit is that one usually only stays between 3 and 12 months. Hence the address is not assumed as permanent? Of course this is unfortunate, I hope there will be a better solution for you.

However, by registering for the ZB you usually get access to all libraries within the IDS. I wonder if it is possible to register at one of the other libraries within IDS to get access to ZB? Maybe ask somebody at ETH/UZH -> NEBIS
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Re: L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

for ppl in ZH and Baden - in Baden in library they even did not ask me for a permit and Baden is only 12 minutes with train from HB. Maybe this can be a solution for somebody
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Re: L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

in Cham, the librarian asked me to fill in the form and when I asked if they want to see my permit, the answer is "oh don't worry, I trust you"... but maybe it's also because this is a tiny library
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Re: L permits and library cards (or lack thereof)

Not having a public library card is one of the things I miss the most about the states. It was always the first thing I did when I moved to a new place. The Zurich central library is quite nice, but I was not able to get a card there either.
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