The project was affiliated with the University Library Basel.

For the period of 2008 to 2013, swissbib was funded through innovation and cooperation project " Digital Library Switzerland".

For the period of 2014 to 2018, swissbib was funded by the Schweizerischen Hochschulkonferenz and swissuniversities as part of the program P2 "Scientific information: access, processing and safeguarding".

For the period of 2018 to 2020, swissbib was funded by the participating institutions.