100 Jahre Dürrenmatt

Intervention artistique


Mise au concours : intervention artistique

La BN lance un appel d’offres pour une intervention artistique sur ses collections dans le cadre de l’exposition « Votez ! ». Elle souhaite ainsi refléter artistiquement l’activité de collection de la BN en tant qu’institution de mémoire nationale à la lumière du thème de l’exposition, la participation politique.

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.

100 years Dürrenmatt 2021

Dürrenmatt mit Zigarre

The anniversary

5 January 2021 marks 100 years since the birth of Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Learn more about the writer and painter, his estate and the institutions that are celebrating him.


NB mit Bäumen 2016

Corona: Closure of the Swiss National Library

The library will be closed for the public until 28.2.2021. All information about the services still available and the actual rules can be found on this page.

Starobinski exhibition wins web award

Leonid Pasternak: Skizze für Ölgemälde Rainer Maria Rilkes (aus dem Besitz der Familie Rilke-Beyer)

Centenary of Jean Starobinski (1920−2020): virtual exhibition

The virtual exhibition  «Jean Starobinski. Relations critiques» has won the Meilleur du Web award in the category user experience.

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 colored drawing shows a family at a festively set dining table. An employee is bringing a steaming and decorated roast into the room.

Festive flab – a “meaty” problem

Why do we eat so much meat over the festive season? The Swiss National Library investigates why we pile on the pounds during the winter break.

Insights – outlooks

Von quakenden und von konzertanten Fröschen

Von quakenden und von konzertanten Fröschen

Ein Spielzeug und seine vielfachen Interpretationsmöglichkeiten im Werk von Giovanni Orelli

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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