125 Jahre NB

Question of the month


Flashback 125 NL – Monte Verità

The NL was founded 125 years ago. What was Switzerland like back then? What were the issues on people’s minds? What were the trends and fashions of the day? In 2020, we’re taking a look back, and this month’s subject is Monte Verità.

The book of the anniversary


The book of the anniversary: 125 Years of the National Library

The book marking 125 years of the Swiss National Library is full of surprising information about the diversity of our holdings and offerings. Find out what makes the National Library unique, learn about the history of our institution, and join in the celebrations!

Insights – outlooks

La Simulation humaine

Seconde vie numérique pour une saga : La Simulation humaine de Daniel de Roulet

Durant près de 25 ans, Daniel de Roulet a publié dix romans qui explorent le thème de l’énergie nucléaire civile et militaire. Depuis 2014, une publication numérique offre aux lectrices et aux lecteurs des parcours inédits dans cette immense fresque.

125 ans

Keyvisual: 125 Jahre Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek

125 ans Bibliothèque nationale suisse

Depuis 125 ans, la Bibliothèque nationale suisse rend tangible la mémoire de la Suisse : voilà une bonne raison de faire la fête

Opening hours 

From 8 June the library will be operating normal hours (Mon–Fri 9 a.m.–6 p.m.). The reading rooms, public areas and exhibition will be accessible again. SLA 10 a.m.–2 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 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 Käfigturm at night

Flashback 125 NL – The riots at the Käfigtum as a mirror of workers’ conflicts

The NL was founded 125 years ago. What was Switzerland like back then? What were the issues on people’s minds? What were the prevailing trends? Our topic for June is the deep divides between the social classes and the explosive atmosphere among the labour force in around 1895.

My Swiss treasure


Mein Schweizer Schatz: die Luftbilder von Kopp und Zaugg

Ihre Aufnahmen erlauben einen spannenden Einblick in die Schweiz, wie sie Mitte des letzten Jahrhunderts ausgesehen hat: Am Wendepunkt vom noch mehrheitlich landwirtschaftlich geprägten «Heimatland» hin zu einer mehr und mehr von Industrie-, Verkehrs- und Wohnbauten vereinnahmten Landschaft.

The Swiss poster

Leupin Herbert, Pelikan, Qui écrit emploie Pelikan, 1952, Lithographie en couleurs, 128 x 90,5 cm

The Swiss poster: history

Seven chapters offer a brief overview of the development of the poster and Swiss poster art, which for many years exerted a global influence.

Press releases

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