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.


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.


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.



CDNL statement on Ukraine

The Swiss National Library endorses the common position of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) regarding the current military aggression against Ukraine, which threatens the intellectual and cultural heritage of the country as much as it threatens its population.

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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 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.


In search of…

Eulenglück Celestino Piatti Eulenpaar

In search of the artist with the owls

Celestino Piatti – known as “the artist with the owls” – would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. His simple style is well-known and the owl has become his trademark. There are even one or two of Piatti’s owls in the NL.

Visual treasures

Bassetti Pugile

Two broad-shouldered boxers juxtaposed to nine slender women

In 2002, the year she made her nine “Donne di Venezia”, Ticino native Fiorenza Bassetti produced her two images, both entitled “Il Pugile”. A juxtaposition.

Insights – outlooks


«Schöne Stunden» in der Schosshalde, aber nicht nur

Von 1912 bis 1919 lebte der Dichter Hermann Hesse im Melchenbühl in einem romantischen Haus. Doch seine Zeit in Bern war nicht ungetrübt.

Press releases

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