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.


Reading room exceptionally closed on 12 June

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…

Gesamtaufnahme Chalet

In search of the secret chalet vault

The chalet: a nostalgic place, somewhere between a palace and a fortress? The NL has a trove of surprising documents awaiting anyone who researches chalets.

Visual treasures


“The Jungfrau with a Japanese twist”: Hiroshi Yoshida's views of Switzerland

Hiroshi Yoshida's view of the Jungfrau mountain fuses Japanese and European traditions of landscape depiction.

Insights – outlooks

Thévoz LSD

«Les choses perdent leur objectivité et nous envahissent vertigineusement»

En 1966, Michel Thévoz a pris part à une expérience sur les effets du L.S.D. dont les répercussions apparaissent ensuite dans plusieurs textes aux conclusions paradoxales.

Press releases

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