Special offer

EOD Aktion 2022

Digitalisation: special offer for timeless literature

Until 15 December 2022 fourteen European libraries charge only 10 CHF or 10 euros for the digitising and digital copy of out-of-copyright books.

Exhibition

Aufgeschrieben

Writing. Pen, keyboard, voice recognition

How will we write in future? And what impact will that have on the texts we produce? From 16 September 2022 to 13 January 2023, the exhibition “Writing” explores the new writing techniques that have taken over our everyday lives.

Publication

Künstlerbücher Umschlag

Swiss artists’ books

With the publication “Schweizer Künstlerbücher – Livres d’artistes suisses – Libri d’artista svizzeri – Swiss artists’ books”, the NL released a unique and encyclopaedic compendium of Swiss artists’ books.

HelveticAll

Collage Website

New general catalogue

The Swiss National Library has launched the general catalogue "HelveticAll", which offers a single access to and across its main catalogues and databases. This makes searching for and ordering resources easier for users.

Opening hours 

Monday–Friday
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Discover the National Library’s collections

Bibliothekssammlungen

Library collections

The collections of the Swiss National Library consist of books, newspapers and periodicals, websites, maps and atlases, university and corporate publications, official publications and printed music.

Image documents

The collection of the Prints and Drawings Department includes prints from the 17th to 21st centuries, photographs, postcards, posters and artists’ books, as well as documents on historic monument preservation since the end of the 19th century.

Literary estates and archives

The National Library’s Literary Archives are home to the leading collection of literary estates, libraries and archives from authors of the 20th and 21st centuries.

 

Audio documents

The Swiss National Sound Archives in Lugano collect sound recordings and preserve them for posterity. They have been archiving Switzerland’s audio heritage and making it available to anyone with an interest since 1987.

Gems

In search of…

Nagra-Tonbandgerät

In search of non-existent sources

In the absence of written sources, oral history allows witnesses to record their memories in spoken form. Were Swiss men who changed their minds about women's suffrage ever interviewed?

Visual treasures

Gerstner Schrift

Gerstner Original: Who's the rightful owner of this Swiss typeface?

Karl Gerstner’s typographic designs form a central part of his work, but there are open questions concerning the copyright.

Insights – outlooks

La Dogana

Une poésie qui ne connaît pas de frontières

Depuis plus de 40 ans La Dogana s’efforce de faire connaître des poètes suisses à l’étranger et des poètes étrangers en Suisse.

Press releases

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To the Federal Administration News Portal

https://www.nb.admin.ch/content/snl/en/home.html