RERO (Library Network of Western Switzerland)

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Library Network of Western Switzerland
RERO
CountrySwitzerland (Romandy)
Type Union catalog
Established1985;34 years ago (1985)
Location Martigny, Valais
Website rero.ch (in French)

The Library Network of Western Switzerland (French : Réseau des bibliothèques de Suisse occidentale; RERO) was founded by several major libraries in 1985, in the French-speaking region of Romandy in western Switzerland. RERO is a portmanteau of "Réseau Romand" ("Romand Network").

French language Romance language

French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. It descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire, as did all Romance languages. French evolved from Gallo-Romance, the spoken Latin in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other langues d'oïl—languages historically spoken in northern France and in southern Belgium, which French (Francien) has largely supplanted. French was also influenced by native Celtic languages of Northern Roman Gaul like Gallia Belgica and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders. Today, owing to France's past overseas expansion, there are numerous French-based creole languages, most notably Haitian Creole. A French-speaking person or nation may be referred to as Francophone in both English and French.

Swiss French dialect

Swiss French is the variety of French spoken in the French-speaking area of Switzerland known as Romandy. French is one of the four official languages of Switzerland, the others being German, Italian, and Romansch. As of 2015, around 2 million people in the country spoke French as their primary language, and around 29.1% of the population has working knowledge of French.

Romandy French-speaking part of Switzerland

Romandy is the French-speaking part of western Switzerland. In 2018, about 2.1 million people, or 25.1% of the Swiss population, lived in Romandy. The bulk of the romand population lives in the Arc Lémanique region along Lake Geneva, connecting Geneva, Vaud and the Lower Valais.

RERO includes most of the cantonal, academic, public, and specialized libraries in Switzerland. It manages a union catalog of 180 libraries serving 50,000 students from three academic universities; Geneva, Fribourg, and Neuchâtel; the University of Applied Sciences and Arts; and the Universities of Teacher Education.

A union catalog is a combined library catalog describing the collections of a number of libraries. Union catalogs have been created in a range of media, including book format, microform, cards and more recently, networked electronic databases. Print union catalogs are typically arranged by title, author or subject ; electronic versions typically support keyword and Boolean queries.

University of Geneva Public university in Geneva, Switzerland

The University of Geneva is a public research university located in Geneva, Switzerland.

University of Fribourg university in the city of Fribourg, Switzerland

The University of Fribourg is a university in the city of Fribourg, Switzerland.

As of 2019, the RERO catalog provides access to some 6.8 million bibliographic descriptions for more than 10 million documents. The catalog also describes 222,400 periodicals, including 3,169 electronic journals. In addition to its catalog, RERO supports an interlibrary loan system, its own indexing system, a digital library based on the principle of free access, and a federated search system.

Interlibrary loan is a service whereby a patron of one library can borrow books, DVDs, music, etc. and/or receive photocopies of documents that are owned by another library. The user makes a request with their home library; which, acting as an intermediary, identifies libraries with the desired item, places the request, receives the item, makes it available to the user, as well as arranges for its return. The lending library usually sets a due date and overdue fees of the material borrowed. Although books and journal articles are the most frequently requested items, some libraries will lend audio recordings, video recordings, maps, sheet music, and microforms of all kinds. In some cases, nominal fees accompany the interlibrary loan services.

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