Swiss Press Photo 24

Swiss Press Photo 24

Which images shaped the year 2023? In the exhibition by the Reinhardt von Graffenried Foundation, the NL is presenting from 17 July to 11 October 2024 the best Swiss press photographs from last year.

Annual Report

Annual Report 2023

Annual Report 2023

The development of the NL's vision and strategy, as well as its construction projects, were the focus of the year under review. The Annual Report 2023 provides information on these topics and many other activities of the institution.

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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…

Aarebad Marzili

In search of Aare swimming in Bern

The appeal of swimming in a river is just as great as the danger it poses. Dive into the history of this living tradition, starting with its origins in the 18th century extending into the present day.

Visual treasures

Gonthier Arene

An artist joins the circus

Join Marc Gonthier as he ventures into the exciting world of the circus. The NL takes a closer look at the work of this nearly forgotten Vaudois artist.

Insights – outlooks


Erinnerungen an den verschwundenen Uhu

Tiere sind fester Bestandteil des Werks von Leta Semadeni. Zu einem ihrer bekanntesten Gedichte inspirierte sie die Begegnung mit einem Uhu.

Press releases

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