The Prints and Drawings Department collects views of landscapes and places, portraits, prints from the 17th to the 21st centuries, Schweizer Kleinmeister, photographs, picture postcards, posters, editions, artists’ books and artists’ archives.
The Prints and Drawings Department of the National Library holds collections of prints, photographs, picture postcards, posters, editions and artists’ books as well as various artists’ archives from the 19th century to the present day.
The history of the Prints and Drawings Department begins in 1895 with the foundation of the Swiss National Library. From the outset, its remit was to collect not just books but also image documents. Since 2007 they have been complemented by the collections of the Federal Archives of Historic Monuments.