Corona: the current situation

From Monday 13 September 2021, the Covid certificate is mandatory in all rooms at the National Library. It is no longer necessary to wear a mask. Changes may be introduced at short notice depending on how the pandemic develops.

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The NL is responsible for implementing official guidelines and observing the library protection concept on its premises. We thank you for your support in doing that. 

The main protective measure is now the mandatory certificate (people who have been vaccinated, recovered from the disease or been tested receive a certificate). This certificate is required to access any rooms in the NL that are accessible to the public, wearing a mask is therefore no longer mandatory. Please show your certificate and valid official ID to the reception at Hallwylstrasse 15. 

We also recommend the following: keep your distance, comply with the hygiene rules and wear a mask. We recommend vulnerable people to have any documents that can be borrowed for home use sent to them by post. You can also return documents using the book return cabinet by the cloakroom.

Health protection measures in the library

Thank you for your support, and for following the instructions of our staff:

  • Please disinfect your hands before using the computers and other equipment in the library.
  • Please keep your distance when queuing at the circulation desk or talking to members of library staff or other visitors.
  • Please stay at home if you have a high temperature, a cough or other symptoms associated with COVID.
  • Only one person at a time may approach the circulation and information desks. The desks are fitted with protective Plexiglas screens. All surfaces are regularly cleaned.

Reserving a seat to work on site

  • A limited number of workstations may be reserved in advance. Half-day (9 a.m.–2 p.m. or 2 p.m.–6 p.m.) or full-day reservations for workstations in the ground floor reading room may be made up to one week in advance. Reservations are to be made through your patron account. If problems occur, please contact us by telephone on 058 462 89 35 or directly at the information office (Mon–Fri 9 a.m.–6 p.m.).

Last modification 10.09.2021

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