Cultural Programme


Cultural Programme 2024

The exhibition "Dürrenmatt, Hesse, Rilke, and the wine" in Neuchâtel, the Night of the Museums and the BiblioWeekend in Bern: take a look at the NL's cultural offerings in 2024.

Opening hours 

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


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…


In search of everything there is to know about disc beating

“Scheibenschlagen”, or disc beating, is a fire ritual that takes place during Lent and has been on Switzerland’s list of living traditions since 2012. The custom is known by various other names locally.

Visual treasures


Blast from the past – early 20th century advertisements from Wander

Sixty vintage advertising panels from Dr. Wander AG, housed in the National Library’s Prints and Drawings Department, give us a glimpse into marketing messages from a bygone era.

Insights – outlooks

Die seltsame Wendung / Die vorletzte Station

Abstieg vom Parnass

Der Schweizer Schriftsteller Ludwig Hohl schildert die Schattenseiten der Künstlerexistenz in zwei bislang unpublizierten Erzählungen.

Press releases

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