100 Jahre Dürrenmatt

Annual Report


Annual report 2020

Our Annual Report 2020 has just been published.



Meat - An Exhibition on the Inner Life

From 4 March to 30 June 2021 we turn our attention to meat, following it from the table back via the butcher’s shop and the slaughterhouse to the farm. We reveal what’s in the meat we consume, where it comes from, and where its future lies. The exhibition features fascinating objects from the collections of the Swiss National Library, including Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s visions of butchers, Daniel Spoerri’s Eat Art, Bell sausage advertisements and much more.

New Director

Eingang NB mit Ausstellung Fleisch

Damian Elsig will be the new director of the NL

Damian Elsig has been appointed director of the Swiss National Library and will take up his post on 16 August 2021. He will succeed Marie-Christine Doffey, who has been leading the institution since April 2005 and who will retire at the end of June.


NB mit Bäumen 2016

Corona: the current situation

The library is open to the public. Guided tours for groups of up to 12 people are being allowed. Changes may occur at short notice depending on the course of the pandemic.

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 photograph shows an assortment of different coloured federal ration stamps (1939–48). Each one displays the quantity of food that can be obtained in exchange for the stamp (meat, pulses, oats, barley, pasta).

Rationing and making do

How do you cook when food is scarce or rationed? The Swiss National Library looks at the relationship between diet and rationing.

Visual treasures


A visceral library: offal in Daniel Spoerri’s recipe folders

In Daniel Spoerri’s library of recipe folders, offal is presented artistically as a central element in the transformation of food.

Insights – outlooks


«Dein Schreiben hat Sinn»

Den Strafrechtler Peter Noll verband eine tiefe Freundschaft mit Max Frisch. Sie reicht vom Pfannenstiel bis nach Ägypten und weit ins Werk hinein.

Press releases

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