Damian Elsig has been appointed director of the Swiss National Library and will take up his post on 16 August 2021.
What the NL achieved in 2020, despite the pandemic.
The library is open to the public. Guided tours for groups of up to 25 people are being allowed. Changes may occur at short notice depending on the course of the pandemic.
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Discover the National Library’s 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.
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.
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.
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
Mina Hofstetter was a pioneer of animal-free agriculture and a champion of women’s interests in the early 20th century.
In the 1890s, survey photography came to Switzerland, and surveyors began eagerly documenting the nation’s built heritage.
Insights – outlooks
Au Japon, dans les années 1990, Agota Kristof connaît avec sa « Trilogie des Jumeaux » une célébrité inattendue. Elle s’y rend en 1995, à la rencontre d’un lectorat fervent.