The Swiss National Library will be open between Christmas and New Year!
It will be closed from Monday December 24th to Wednesday December 26th 2018 and from Monday December 31st 2018 to Wednesday January 2nd 2019.

Le LSD. Les 75 ans d’un enfant terrible

Le LSD. Les 75 ans d’un enfant terrible


C’est en 1943 qu’Albert Hofmann a découvert les effets hallucinogènes du LSD. En s’inspirant du best-seller du chimiste suisse « LSD, mon enfant terrible », la bibliothèque nationale raconte dans cette exposition l’histoire de cette substance située à mi-chemin entre drogue miracle et œuvre diabolique.

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings

We wish you all the best for the festive season and the New Year. In 2019, see the world from a new perspective with the Swiss National Library and its exhibition «Eyes in the sky: from
Spelterini’s balloon to the drone».

Insights – outlooks

Pokal und Poesie

Pokal und Poesie

Ein erstaunlicher Fund im Archiv einer raffinierten Dichterin und Übersetzerin: Was suchen barocke Trophäen in Donata Berras Archiv?

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.

In focus

Question of the month

Légendes et contes de Suisse romande pour enfants

Comment rechercher des ouvrages de contes et légendes de Suisse romande destinés aux enfants de sept-huit ans ? Tel est le thème de la recherche du mois de novembre.

My Swiss treasure

Backbuch «Torten» von Linda Lomelino

Mein Schweizer Schatz: Backbuch «Torten» von Linda Lomelino

Extra schokoladig, extra saftig! Alina Burris Schweizer Schatz lässt einem das Wasser im Mund zusammenlaufen.

The Swiss poster

Leupin Herbert, Pelikan, Qui écrit emploie Pelikan, 1952, Lithographie en couleurs, 128 x 90,5 cm

The Swiss poster: history

Seven chapters offer a brief overview of the development of the poster and Swiss poster art, which for many years exerted a global influence.

Press releases

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