Leinwand beschreiben

Writing the silver screen: from literature to cinema and vice versa

There has always been a passionate relationship between literature and cinema. The exhibition (31 August 2023 – 12 January 2024) provides an overview of these turbulent interrelations based on documents from the Swiss Literary Archives.

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…

Dürrenmatt Meteor

In search of heavenly messages on Swiss soil

Digitalised Swiss reporting from e-newspaperarchives.ch sheds light on meteorites that have hit Swiss soil: the Chasseron, Rafrüti and Twannberg meteorites as well as the legendary Dragon’s Eye of Lucerne.

Visual treasures

Walty Mordschwamm

The mushrooms of Hans Walty: a feast for the eyes and the palate

Hans Walty’s mushroom illustrations inspire us to spend more time in the forest – and the kitchen. Proceed with caution, however, as not all of the mushrooms depicted are fit for human consumption!

Insights – outlooks

Aufgetaucht Bille Ausschnitt

Un triangle amoureux sur le tournage de «Rapt»

En 1933, sur le tournage de «Rapt», S. Corinna Bille s’initie au monde du cinéma en devenant la script-girl du réalisateur Dimitri Kirsanoff.

Press releases

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