100 Jahre Dürrenmatt


NB mit Bäumen 2016

Corona: Reopening of the Swiss National Library

The library opens again for the public from Monday 1 March.  



Meat - An Exhibition on the Inner Life

From 4 March to 30 June 2021 we turn our attention to meat, following it from the table back via the butcher’s shop and the slaughterhouse to the farm. We reveal what’s in the meat we consume, where it comes from, and where its future lies. The exhibition features fascinating objects from the collections of the Swiss National Library, including Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s visions of butchers, Daniel Spoerri’s Eat Art, Bell sausage advertisements and much more.

Cultural Programme 2021

Dürrenmatt mit Kakadu

Cultural Programme 2021 - Preview

The National Library celebrates 100 years of Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Exhibitions turn the spotlight on meat and the right to vote. And there’s a chance to discover the thought of Jean Starobinski online.

Discover the National Library’s collections


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 image documents in the National Library’s Prints and Drawings Department include prints from the 17th to the 20th centuries, photographs, postcards and posters as well as editions/portfolios and books containing original graphic works.

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.


Question of the month

The hall of Zurich’s Herdern slaughterhouse resembles a cathedral. This photograph shows the central nave. The hall has a barrel-vaulted ceiling. Its clerestory is punctuated by arched lattice windows which make the space light and elegant. Construction machinery, a skip and other building tools stand around on the floor. The photograph dates from the years 1985–87, during which the hall was renovated and transformed.

Zurich’s slaughterhouses and the changing face of meat production

The changing face of meat production: the Swiss National Library looks back at the development of slaughterhouses in the city of Zurich.

Insights – outlooks

Parole da più direzioni

Die Worte, aus verschiedenen Richtungen gesehen

Im Schreiben der Tessiner Autorin Anna Felder vereinen sich verschiedenen Perspektiven.

My Swiss treasure


« La nuit de Walpurgis » d’Albert Welti

Lors de l’inventaire des œuvres graphiques d’Albert Welti (1862−1912), de vieux souvenirs d'enfance reviennent à Thomas Zweifel, stagiaire universitaire au Cabinet des estampes de la Bibliothèque nationale suisse. Et il découvre du même coup l’unité dans l’œuvre apparemment contradictoire de l’un des plus importants peintres suisses.

Press releases

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