100 Jahre Dürrenmatt


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Corona: the current situation

From Monday 13 September 2021, a Covid certificate will be required to access the library, exhibition and events.


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Vote now! On the right to have a say

Women in Switzerland were granted the right to vote in federal elections in 1971. The exhibition "Vote Now!", which runs from 9 September 2021 to 14 January 2022 at the NL, looks at who is entitled to vote and stand for election in Switzerland.

Special offer

EOD Aktion 2021

Digitalisation: special offer for timeless literature

Until 31 October 2021 nine European libraries charge only 10 CHF or 10 euros for the digitising and digital copy of out-of-copyright books.

New Director

Damian Elsig

Damian Elsig: new director of the NL

Damian Elsig, the new director of the Swiss National Library, has taken up his post on 16 August 2021.

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.


Question of the month

Recht der Weiber

How to speed up a snail

The founding fathers of the Switzerland of 1848 and their sons lived for many years with a contradiction: women were denied “citizens’ rights” up until 1971.

Visual treasures

Badehosenaktion Stauffer

Doris Stauffer’s swimming trunks campaign for women’s rights

Doris Stauffer was artistically, educationally and politically involved in the women’s rights movement, and leaves behind an extensive and eclectic archive.

Insights – outlooks

Durch Afrika im Renault 4

Durch Afrika im Renault 4

Gepackt von Abenteuerlust, reiste Thomas Hürlimann als Student durch den afrikanischen Kontinent. Unterwegs fasste er den Vorsatz, einen Roman zu schreiben. Thema: die Schweiz.

Press releases

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