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New general catalogue

The Swiss National Library has launched the general catalogue "HelveticAll", which offers a single access to and across its main catalogues and databases. This makes searching for and ordering resources easier for users.



Snow. The wonder in white

From 4 March to 1 July 2022 the exhibition “Snow” invites you to engage with the wonder in white through a range of playful, scientific, poetic and artistic exhibits. Guided tours, a reading evening and other events complement the exhibition.



CDNL statement on Ukraine

The Swiss National Library endorses the common position of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL) regarding the current military aggression against Ukraine, which threatens the intellectual and cultural heritage of the country as much as it threatens its population.

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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…

Schneeanlage Savognin

In search of the first snow cannons and their impact

Yearning for snow is a thing of the past because the wonder in white can be manufactured by machines at the touch of a button. But the use of snow cannons is a topic of debate. The NL tracks their history in the digital newspaper archive.

Visual treasures

Teaser Züst

From fluorescent seas of fog to the tiniest snow crystals

Discover Andreas Züst’s photographs of seas of fog, the wonders of the skies and tiny snow and ice structures.

Insights – outlooks

Aufgetaucht Computer und Datenträger

Von der FloppyDisk zum iMac

Neben handschriftlichen Manuskripten und Briefen füllen zunehmend auch Disketten, CD-Roms und Laptops das Magazin des Schweizerischen Literaturarchivs.

Press releases

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To the Federal Administration News Portal