Weihnachtskarte Leupin

Chalet. Nostalgia, kitsch and Baukultur

What exactly is a chalet? What does really make it special? From 10 March to 30 June 2023, the exhibition “Chalet” takes visitors on a tongue-in-cheek, educational and entertaining journey through this quintessentially Swiss phenomenon.

Cultural Programme

Kulturprogramm 2023

Cultural Programme 2023

The chalet – Dürrenmatt's Sistine Chapel – rebel figures – literature and cinema, and much more: a preview of the NL's cultural offerings in 2023.


Künstlerbücher Umschlag

Swiss artists’ books

With the publication “Schweizer Künstlerbücher – Livres d’artistes suisses – Libri d’artista svizzeri – Swiss artists’ books”, the NL released a unique and encyclopaedic compendium of Swiss artists’ books.

Opening hours 

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Easter closure: from 7 to 10 April included

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 the words “war” and “peace”

Words also have boom and bust cycles, being used with different frequencies over time. The use of the word “war” is closely tied to global events.

Visual treasures


Helvetia – personification of Switzerland and mother of the nation

Discover the many different representations of Helvetia from the Scheidegger collection. These depictions were particularly widespread after the federal state was founded, 175 years ago.

Insights – outlooks


Die Steine des Poeten

Eugen Gomringers mineralische Sammlerstücke verraten viel über seine Biografie, aber auch sein Verständnis von Poesie und Kunst.

Press releases

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